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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Time for a Little Music?

With so much time invested in gymnastics, Connie hasn’t gotten to do much with one of her other interests, music. She has wanted to take piano lessons, but there is neither time nor budget for that. Fortunately we have figured out ways of sneaking in a little music here and there.

First of all, we own a piano and I have taught her a few little things. I know that if she is really motivated to learn, she will show me. Her interest has remained casual so far.

She has always enjoying singing and ringing handbells at church and decided to continue with that program again this year.

Finally, because our public school continues to fund music education, she has started on the recorder this year. If she is like her mother and sister, this will foster an interest in joining the school band in middle school. She has already declared an interest in the flute.

I am so grateful that the church and school have exposed her to music, and that she has learned to perform in a group. There is certainly not enough time or resources to deeply explore everything she wants to do, but these experiences allow her to decide if she’d like to go in another direction or continue to be a casual music student and a serious gymnast.

Has your child had the chance to sing in a group or lean a musical instrument? What benefits has he or she received from that experience? 

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