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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Stay Out of My Room!

Over this summer I have noticed some changes in Bethany. Yes, there are the obvious physical changes but this is not what I am referring to. She has become very possessive of her room. “Stay out of my room!” seems to be her favorite saying. She will say it to her little brother as well as her older brother. She gets aggravated when they take one step into her territory. She claims that they always come in and mess up her room and take things without asking. She is afraid that they will break something. I do see her point because her brothers do play rough. I know that they do not intentionally want to break things but sometimes it happens. The other day I heard her talking to Timothy and she told him that he wasn’t allowed to come into her room without permission. Later that evening she walked into his room and he told her that she didn’t ask permission to come into his room so she needed to leave.

We decided to talk about respecting each other’s things. The kids need to ask each other if they can borrow something. When they are not home their doors are closed and none of the other kids can go into their rooms. If something gets broken then whoever broke it needs to replace it. We have actually had this happen a few times. The kids aren’t too thrilled about using their money to buy something for their siblings yet they know that they were responsible for what they did. They think carefully about taking care of each other’s things now. This has solved a lot of problems.

Do your children share toys? What are your rules?

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