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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Flexible Jobs

I have been fortunate that I have not had to work full time since we had Jake. I quit my full time teaching job and I have worked part time since then. I have worked very hard to find those part time opportunities that allow me to work from home and pretty much set my own schedule. I know many of my friends would love to have work like that, but the opportunities are so hard to find. I don’t see why more companies cannot allow for flexible work arrangements like telecommuting or flex time when so many moms have so much to offer.

Wanting to be able to be with my kids after school and take them to their activities should not limit my career options. Sure, some roles would make things like that impossible like being a doctor on call or working the afternoon shift in an hourly position, but so many more roles could allow for flexibility if companies would only consider it. Many, many moms are at home….not using skills and education they have and someone is missing out.

I plan to attend a job fair at Camp LeJeune for military spouses in August. The focus is careers that can move with spouses when PCS orders come in. My hope is that this will means lots of options like working from home.  It could be a huge disappointment, but I am hopeful I will see lots of employers reaching out to a group too often under utilized. We’ll see…..

Would you attend an event like this? Would you work from home if you could?

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