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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Gender Difference or a Common Sense Issue

I’m converted!  Before I had my son people would tell me how different boys were than girls.  Besides the obvious, I really did not believe what people said.  However, since having 2 daughters and 1 son, I truly can say they are different in many ways.  Every child is unique and individual and have different needs, but some things really seem to be a gender thing.  For example, we were out and I asked for some napkins.  Like most competitive siblings, my oldest two both jumped up and ran for napkins.  My daughter returned with one, eager to jump and go again.  My son returned with what seemed like the whole napkin container full, as not to have to return for another.  Is it gender difference or a common sense issue?

So, how do you teach or “re-program” some of these gender differences to bridge the gap and make them both more functional and have a little more common sense.  How do you teach children to read in between the lines and to meet in the middle and not to be extremists either way?  I guess with my children whom all have social difficulties of when to state things and when to filter, this has proven to be more difficult than I thought it would.

Can common sense be taught?  Some argue that it cannot, while others say you can but it is a process of re-training your brain.  Many people who seemingly lack common sense are extremely intelligent, however, they may lack certain social or practical skills to create common judgements.  When we are talking about children struggling with this, you often find yourself in situations of inappropriate behaviors, conversations and rash decisions.

Do you think common sense can be taught?  How do you teach your child common sense?

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