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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Little League Coaches

With Fall sports and events starting I thought it would be a great time to remind everyone to be thankful for those coaches and parents who volunteer to work with your children. Whether it is the coach or parent in the concession stand, they are volunteering their time to help make your child’s sport experiences to be the best that it can be.

As a recreation cheerleader coach for 6-8 years olds I can tell you that I do it because I love it. I love coaching my daughter and I have a lot of fun with the other girls and watching what they all learn throughout the year. I don’t get paid, and I spend a lot of time preparing for each practice and game to ensure that things run smoothly and most importantly that the girls have fun!

So next time you take your child to practice or see someone volunteering their own time for the league your child plays in, tell them thank you. It takes a lot of time and effort on the part of everyone to make sure that these events are put together and that they go off with as little problem as possible.  It is also important for you as a parent to know that the coaches are thankful for you also, there is nothing better than a dedicated parent who is willing to help make the season go as smoothly as possible too! So as a coach, I say thank you to each of you that have your children at practice, on time, and a prepared to go!  Enjoy your Fall and whatever sport it is that your child is participating in.

Do you volunteer to coach for your children?  Have you had good or bad experiences doing so?

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