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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What Do You Do With A Water Waster?

Last month my first-grader Connie performed with the rest of the first grade in a show called “Go Green.” As you can imagine, the show had an environmental theme with the kids singing songs such as “What do you with a Water Waster?” and “Plant a Tree.”

The show was a joy to watch, not only because of the sweet singing, but because the kids had made their own t-shirts to wear, and the art teacher, along with many of her students, created a beautiful tree of life. My older daughter Maggie worked on it. The kids also had their own artwork displayed on the walls.

I thought it was interesting that the school chose to teach the kids something besides music and art while they learned those subjects. I think these shows do generally have a theme, but rarely have I seen one when the kids learned so much about a completely different subject.

I also enjoyed seeing so many of the kids we know perform. When my older daughter was in first grade, I was still learning names of many of her classmates. Connie began attending day care at the age of two, however, so I have known some of them for a very long time!

If you haven’t been to kids’ performance lately, let me tell you that they are just a sea of video screens, camera flashes and mobile devices. Every now and then, it’s fun to look around and just see all those screens and all those proud, smiling faces.

Next month is my fifth graders recorder concert. I am not sure if it has a theme or not.

And in case you were wondering what to do with a water waster, I’ll tell you what I learned, “Hey, ho, you teach him better; hey, ho, you teach him better; hey, ho, you teach him better; here upon this planet.”

Have you attended an elementary school performance lately? What were your impressions?

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