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'!


Clean Your Room!

Annabel is at that age where she wants to have friends come over all the time and I don’t really have a problem with that.  The problem comes when it is time for someone to come over and she needs to clean her room.  I don’t mind helping her some with her room because her younger sister does spend a lot of time in there with here so I will help her clean those messes but, I feel that she is old enough to pick up the other messes that she has made.

She usually does very well with cleaning her room but lately she seems to need a lot more of my help than usual.  I know it can be tiring at 7 to have to clean your room all the time, but she is the one making the messes so she should most definitely be the one cleaning them up.  I am in need of something to help motivate her and to get me out of being the one doing all the work because her friends have already been invited over.

I think this is something we will have to keep working on, she doesn’t refuse to clean as much as walk down the stairs a hundred times trying to waste time, hides stuff under her bed, and thinks that her room is clean when it obviously isn’t.  I think the next time we clean together I will show her what I expect when I ask her to clean her room, maybe this will help!

How do you help motivate your children to clean their room?

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