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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Too-tall Pearce?

For my fifth-grade daughter Maggie, there is no such thing as too tall. She is 5’2 and can’t wait to be taller than her mother. I don’t think she would mind being taller than her father, even. I’m glad she appreciates her own body this way. I have known many tall girls who grew up believing that there was something wrong with it, especially being taller than the boys, which she often is.

Instead, she feels a gentle rivalry with all her tall friends, boys and girls. Recently she had the chance to visit with the father of her very closest friend who moved away three years ago. He commented that Maggie was “almost as tall as” his daughter. I saw the look on her face, she was actually disappointed that her friend was taller!

Our friend went on to describe that his daughter had been teased by another girl for being so tall. The girl told our young friend that no boys liked her because she was taller than they were. Since she wasn’t really having a problem with the boys, her parents quickly realized this was a made-up problem of a jealous classmate. They spoke to the teacher of the two girls who handled it brilliantly. The teacher managed to slip in a compliment or two for our young friend saying that she could be a supermodel because she was so tall and pretty. Shortly thereafter, our young friend mentioned that she wanted to be a lawyer, which the teacher encouraged as well, referring to her as possibly the first supermodel/lawyer.

So far our daughter has not run into this sort of problem, but I do realize that many tweens and teens are very critical of their own bodies. I am trying to be mindful of that because I can be critical of my own body and do not want to teach that behavior to either of my daughters.

How do you promote a positive body image with your children?   

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