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'!


Ever After High is her new love

Last week my daughter introduced me to “Ever After High,” which is a new series of stories and dolls from Mattel, the makers of “Monster High.”

The stories follow the teenage children of famous fairy tale characters, primarily exploring whether or not to embrace their destiny to be just like their parents, or strike out on their own.

Connie found the books at her school’s book fair and jumped right in with Book 3, which seems to focus on Lizzie Hearts, the daughter of the Queen of Hearts. We’ve been reading the book together.

She had already viewed the three episode web series on Netflix, however, and so knows more about all the characters. Her favorite character is Raven Queen, daughter of the Evil Queen and leader of the “Rebel” movement, the characters who reject the destiny that has been handed to them.

It’s Connie’s interest in Raven that has been interested in Ever After High. Last night when we read, I noticed that Apple White (daughter of Snow White) seems to be the most popular character in the book. Everyone loves her, but she is portrayed as a little too sweet.

Connie and I talked about Apple, and I asked why she wasn’t her favorite. Connie replied that even though everyone loved her, she thought that Apple was self-centered. Apple wanted Raven to be an evil queen like her mother so that Apple could be the hero like Snow White. That Raven didn’t want to be an evil queen was just annoying to Apple.

Connie wants to be Raven for Halloween and so I bought her the costume. She was thrilled. I think Raven has a lot of appeal to my daughter because she has the “dangerous” appeal of being the daughter of the evil queen, yet she is definitely a strong protagonist in the stories. She is mostly good, but definitely independent.

I think that she appeals to Connie as a tween who doesn’t always feel she fits in, isn’t sure who she wants to be, and is suspicious of overly popular people.

I have to say that I’m not a tremendous fan of the looks of these toys, and the quality of the books is so-so. It is clear that it wasn’t a book series that spawned toys, but the other way around.

Still anything that makes her want to read is good, and having her tell me about her own inner nature is insight that I can use. I will continue to read the books to my daughter.

What are your child’s favorite characters right now? Will they make a good Halloween costume? Does knowing about the character teach you anything about your child?

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