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Fill in the blank: 'When I have kids, I'll never …'

Be honest. Every parent crosses that line. The first time it’s shocking. After that it gets much easier. What do you do now that you have kids that you swore you wouldn’t?

Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches in which local parents, caregivers and other members of the community are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting topics.

This week’s Moms Talk question comes to us from Moms Council member Jennifer Elston and it relates to the way parenthood changes you:

“Back in my day, we used to walk to five miles to school, in the snow, barefoot, up hill, both ways…” There are so many things that you simply can’t understand until you become a parent or have a little person in your life. And, there are so many things that the “grown-ups” did when you were young that you couldn’t understand or swore you wouldn’t do if you had kids.

Well, it’s true confession time…Here’s what Jen wants to know if you’re brave enough to tell us:

What are things you do as a parent that you swore you'd never do?

Our Moms Council members include: 

  • Lisa Amey of Upper Milford Township is a stay-at-home mom to an 8-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and longtime member of MOPs (Mothers of Preschoolers), Lisa is an Independent Consultant for Arbonne International. 
  • Lisa Drew of Emmaus is a certified nutritionist and personal trainer, wellness and fitness coach with more than 17 years of experience. She is the mother of a 13-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.
  • Jennifer Elston of Emmaus has almost two decades of professional experience in child development and counseling. She is currently a stay-at-home mom to two beautiful girls. Together with her husband, Chris, she owns Christopher Elston Photography.
  • Jeanne Lombardo of Nazareth is the mother of a 10-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl. She’s new to the Lehigh Valley, having moved to Nazareth from Bergen County, NJ in January.
  • Lisa Merk of Lower Macungie is a stay-at-home mother of four boys – a 12-year-old and 6-year-old triplets. Lisa is a past president of the MOMS Club of Lower Macungie East. In her “spare” time, Lisa teaches piano to school-age children.
  • Zoila Bonilla Paul of Bethlehem is a stay-at-home mom to two girls – a 5-year-old and a 14-month-old. Zoila is a member of her local “moms’ club” and says she is “well-versed in the fun that children can bring.”
  • Beth Sharpless of Emmaus works part time in a local emergency department as a nurse and part time from home as a customer support specialist. She has two children -- a boy who is almost 2 and a 5-year-old girl. She says they love spending time outdoors and dancing.
  • Jennifer Willenbrock of Nazareth is mom to two beautiful daughters, ages 5 and 6 weeks. She was previously employed by Catholic Charities, where she worked in a girl’s group home in Philipsburg, N.J.  

If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email jennifer.marangos@patch.com.

Mary Anne Looby February 06, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I'll never compare them to each other, and I never did.
Jennifer Elston February 07, 2012 at 03:09 PM
I also thought I would NEVER raise my voice with my kids. ha
Moe Szyslak February 08, 2012 at 12:29 AM
... never raise my kids near registered sex offenders and put them in harms way while blaming others...
Closer than you think February 08, 2012 at 03:42 PM
registered sex offenders are closer than you think.... http://www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us/SearchLocation.aspx
Jennifer Marangos February 08, 2012 at 05:07 PM
That I would NEVER spank them. Did it once with each of them and it was because they were about to run into a busy street. Think that particular never was busted at about one-year-old for each of the boys...

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