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'!


But I Don’t Want To Go To BED!

During the school year both of my girls have a strict bedtime of 8 pm and I realize for some that might be early but Riley is 4 and Annabel is 7 but she is so hard to wake up in the morning as is, without her getting enough sleep it is even worse.  The girls are both very active in cheerleading and gymnastics and I know they need enough sleep to go to school and to do their activities in the evening.

During the summer, I am definitely more lenient with the bedtime but as Annabel gets older she just doesn’t understand why I make her go to bed even in the summer time.  It is so hard for kids this age to realize that without enough sleep that they won’t be able to swim in the pool all day, go to the beach with their friends, or really do anything fun if they are still too tired to do it.

I hate feeling like I’m not being a fun Mom and I hate feeling like I’m keeping her from enjoying her summer but I know in the end with more sleep that she will have more fun throughout the day.  It is hard to hear the “But Mom!” in the evening but it is definitely better than hearing whining and I’m tiiirrredddd all day.  Hopefully we can reach a happy medium for the both of us with this soon.

Do you enforce a bed time during the summer?  How does this work for you and your children?

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