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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Snake Safety

My mother-in-law once said, “the only good kind of snake is a dead one.”  Unfortunately reptile lovers, I have to agree.  I really do not like snakes.  I have held them before and even babysat them for others, however, I don’t like snakes!  My husband recently had taken a renewed fondness to the slithery things and wants to buy one.  Whether we do or not is yet to be decided.  The reality is in the area we live, we need to educate our children about snakes and safety.  With the warmer weather we will begin to see more out openly and our children need to know how to identify them.

We teach about all snakes in the North Carolina region.  I also teach my children to veer on the safe side and not to attempt contact at all.  I want them to get me immediately so we know the location and we can try to identify it.  Why?!  Last year in our neighborhood, 4 venomous snakes were spotted or killed.  There are 6 kinds of poisonous snakes in NC and 31 nonvenomous.  The first sign of a venomous snake is a triangular shaped head.

A few years back, our neighbor’s daughter was out in her fields.  She had on boots and had taken precautions.  However, she must have stepped on a Cottonmouth snake and felt a bite.  Her father was reluctant to believe her and waited before taking her in.  By the time she reached the ER, the venom had spread and talk of amputating her leg was discussed while they prepared to life flight her to a bigger hospital.  Not all the hospitals carry the anti-venom necessary to counter a bite and since she was a child the venom was travelling quickly through her blood.  This was an eye opener to me.

We need to teach our children about areas snakes may inhabitant.  We need to teach them caution when moving wood from wood piles, dark places, near sheds and under.  We also need to teach them keen listening skills as you can often hear the rattle prior to attack.  We don’t want to breed fear of snakes because they do a lot of good for environment, but we do need to educate about safety, especially with our warmer weather.

Have you had any recent snake encounters?

 

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One Comment on “Snake Safety”

  • Tammy Summers June 12th, 2012 3:47 pm

    I agree with you! This year we spotted a copperhead in our backyard. It was inside our fence. This scared me. We never had any problems before. I also make sure that we keep the grass cut down low and I have placed mothballs around the perimeter of the yard.

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