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'!


The Sleepover: Part 2

A few weeks ago I blogged about the return of the sleepover for my older daughter. After that,  my younger daughter wanted to get in on the action.

In the past, the only sleepovers that occurred in my house were when we were doing a favor for a friend by watching their children overnight, or when cousins visited.

Eleven-year-old Maggie was pushing me to let a friend come over “just because,” and so I allowed it, with stellar results. It just so happens that her sleepover pal has a little sister. My seven-year-old Connie thought that we should do it again, and invite both sisters.

I realized that would probably be easier than just having one guest. No one would be left out and therefore pestering the other one. Also, since these sisters have no other siblings, I would actually be giving their mother a night off.

The plan was set and all four girls were great. They played mostly in their rooms, ate their supper happily and the few times they interacted as a group they played nicely together.

The only problem we had was the typical sleepover problem—not enough sleeping. The younger set were acting a little wild when it was getting pretty late. Using their sisters as role models actually worked, however.

After repeated warnings failed to bring about quiet, I took Connie aside and reminded her that Maggie was having a second sleepover because the first one went well.

“You two can settle down and be quiet, and do this again sometime, or you can stay up late and party, and we won’t get to do it for a long, long time, maybe until you are in fifth grade like your sister,” I explained.

Evidently, I scared her straight. She went back into her room and I heard hardly a peep. Within thirty minutes, they were asleep, around 11 p.m.

Do you allow sleepovers in your home? Do the kids follow the rules pretty well, or do you end up wishing you never said yes?

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