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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A Lesson on Sportsmanship

Adam and Anna have been to the park twice now to play kickball with some other homeschool families that we know.  The first time was new and exciting, but the second time just didn’t have as much gusto as the first.

Adam’s team lost the first week, but he didn’t seem to mind too much because he had a good time.  He had made a few good kicks and had scored a run or two.  This week his team lost again, but I noticed that this week his sportsmanship had a lot to be desired.  He was complaining out in the field during the game that his team was not good and that they were going to lose.   At the end he continued his rant about how he had a bad team, even though earlier a parent standing close by him had spoken to him about being positive and encouraging towards his teammates.

When we got into the car, we had a little mini-lesson about why we play team games.  I was disappointed in Adam’s attitude towards his team.  Yes we all like to win, but it is about playing the game, having fun, making memories, and getting along with others to work towards a common goal.  I am hoping that the next time we go out on the field, he will stop and think about his team in a positive way and his mouth will be used for encouragement.  But then again maybe my mini lesson didn’t work.

Have you had to deal with poor sportsmanship in your household?  How did you handle it?

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