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'!


Rise and Shine Sleepy Head!

When I was a kid I absolutely hated waking up in the morning.  I think I said 5 more minutes a hundred times and as an adult I still hit the snooze button pretty frequently.  I have noticed that as Annabel gets older, she is the exact same way, she hates getting up in the morning and would love to sleep in.

The problem with this is of course she has to get up for school but also, my 4 year old Riley is the exact opposite and loves to wake Annabel up by jumping on her and hugging her or by kissing her face until Annabel wakes up.  Annabel usually does not wake up and return those kisses though, most of the time I hear “Leave me alone Riley!”.  Riley just doesn’t understand why Annabel isn’t as happy and excited to get up early like she is.

Unfortunately, the differences in how they both wake up leads to many arguments in the morning between the two of them and Annabel can be quite the grouch.  I have tried to talk to her about starting the day off in a more positive manner but I just don’t know if she can.  Some of us are just meant to be morning people and some of us aren’t.  I know Riley means well but she just doesn’t get that Annabel doesn’t want her jumping on her head at 7:00 in the morning.  As you can tell, mornings here are usually pretty interesting :)!

Do your children get up easily for you in the morning?  How do you deal with them when they are grouchy?

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