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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Connie Enters the World of Social Media

One of Connie's recent posts entitled "Pillow"

Connie recently asked if she could set up an Instagram account. While I made Maggie wait until the “legal” age of Facebook, which is thirteen, she was allowed to set up an Instagram earlier, and our experience has been positive.

After discussing it with her big sister, I decided to let Connie have a private account. That means that her photos (Instagram is all photos and videos) will only be seen by members whom we approve.

Maggie helped her set up the account, and told her a bunch of social rules that she had to follow (limiting her number of posts, for example, so as not to “blow up” anyone’s feed.)

It’s been fun for me to watch her posts. She has shared some collages she made (One about dolphins was her first post.), selfies (of course), and photos of the cat. One day she made a set of Olympic rings out of hair bands and posted a picture of that. She is just starting to learn about memes, and posted her first one of those (about gymnastics) after about a week.

She was also excited that she could follow some of her heroes, like gymnast Gabby Douglas.

I know that she is very young for social media, but I believe in letting them dip their toe in and discuss in the family rather than just forbidding it altogether. It worked well for Maggie and hopefully will work out for Connie. Time (and grades) will reveal if it is too much of a distraction.

Do you let your child use any social medium? If so, which one and why? If not, are you waiting for a certain age (or maturity level) or are you just against them in general?

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