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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Sisters at the same school, for better or worse

While riding in the car with me recently, my younger daughter shared that she does not want to go on to second grade.

As I asked questions, I learned that it wasn’t second grade she was dreading, it was attending school without her big sister who will move up to Middle School next fall.

Since Connie attended day care for three years without her sister, I was surprised it meant that much to her. I asked her why she needed Maggie at school and she said that when they saw each other during the day, they waived or hugged.

“I just like having someone there who loves me,” she said.

I had been prepared to remind her of the friends she’s made apart from Maggie, and the success she has had in class without Maggie, but Connie stumped me with that statement. There really is no replacing a sister. It must be nice for them to see each other and it will be a loss when that time was over.

Usually when this topic comes up, Maggie is describing how wonderful life will be when she no longer attends school with her baby sister. It is obvious to me that despite her declarations, Maggie shows her love to Connie often enough that Connie will be missing it some day.

As for Connie herself, I think she was just feeling a little needy that day. Her next statement was that she was going to miss us all when she went to college.

I imagine just a few years in the future, I will be the one upset that she is leaving and she’ll be on fire to get out of town. At the moment however, we are sticking with her plan of living no further than next door for the rest of her life.

Do your children attend the same school? Do they like it or to they prefer their own territories?

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