Jennifer Pearce

Hi there! My name is Jennifer and I am one of the newest members to MomTalk and JustKiddin'. I am a 40-year-old mother who works outside the home. I live with my husband of eleven years and our two young daughters. After being a stay-at-home-mother for six years, I re-entered the workforce when my husband was briefly unemployed. When he returned to work, I chose to keep working due to economics and the age of my daughters at the time. I now work as the advertising manager of a community newspaper and appreciate how working has gotten me much more involved in my community. However, I often miss the opportunity to spend more time with my daughters, or to volunteer more time with their school and activities. My older daughter is a 10-year-old fourth grader, and my younger daughter is a 6-year-old kindergartener. Their many activities and my husband’s complicated work schedule make scheduling our number one family challenge. He works a rotating shift in a retail store that includes many nights and weekends. We struggle to preserve our time together as a family and make the most of it, while still finding time to accomplish our individual goals and pursue our favorite interests. My interests include reading, writing and photography. I love taking family photos and completed a Project 365 in 2010, taking a photo a day for the year. It was a wonderful experience to document our life for a year and appreciate all the little pieces of it. I am currently working to put the 365 pictures into a scrapbook…if I can just find the time. I look forward to sharing our journey with you here on JustKiddin'!

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CLEAN UP!

Can you hear me yelling in that post title? It is a very familiar phrase at our house and I am sad to say, it is often shouted. Of all of the frustrations I face as a mom, the constant mess in my house ranks #1. Without a playroom to hold the clutter and bedrooms too small for any real playing, the mess often lands right in the middle of our living room and some days….I just cannot take it!

I have worked to explain to the boys how important it is to clean up when they are done with something. I have taken away game time and used time outs…..it all works for a day or two and then it is back to the status quo…….a trail of toys and snack bowls a mile long. Jake and Sam are both good kids and I know they don’t go out of their way to cause me stress or not listen. I can only assume it is a product of their age and that it is something I will just need to keep hammering away at until I see results. Just when I am OK with that, I realize my husband does the SAME  THING and I feel defeated.

It may be a male thing, it may be a kid thing, it may be a lack of space thing…whatever it is….I can’t stand it. I am not a perfectionist when it comes to cleaning the house. I keep it neat and presentable and I am just asking for the same in return from the other 2 (make that 3) people who live with me. Do you find yourself running into the same issue? Have you had a breakthrough and what did it take to get there?

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