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How Will You Feel When the Kids Go Back to School?

Sad? Glad? Relieved? Guilty? No matter what emotions you experience as you pack that lunch or zip up that backpack, there’s probably someone else out there feeling that way too.

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 relates to the emotions parents and caregivers experience as the kids head back to school.

Are you tired of picking up wet towels and ready for the long hot summer to end? Or, could you use a few more days playing by the pool followed by nights of roasting marshmallows? Perhaps the start of the new school year brings out both sentiments in you – relief that summer is over and the wish that it would never end.

Now matter what emotions you are going through as you switch gears from arranging play dates to overseeing math homework, we want to know how you are feeling and how you cope with those oftentimes mixed emotions:

Now it’s your turn:

Tell us about how you will feel when the kids head back to school.

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.

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.

Lisa Merk August 19, 2012 at 11:50 AM
Sad! The end of summer always makes me sad...another summer gone. I feel especially cheated this year cause we're losing a week. We really enjoy our summers around here and are always sorry to see them go. I think I dread the boys going back to school more than they do! I deal with it by starting to plan our fall activities and even our next summer activities!
Beth August 19, 2012 at 09:20 PM
It is a mixed bag for me. I wish we could have done more over the summer, but at the same time, I am excited to have a routine back. The summers are never long enough, it seems.
Lisa Amey August 24, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Summer was a bit shorter this year, but I feel like we did our fair share of fun things. Even so, I'd love to have a few extra weeks of it. The kids are excited to go back to school, so it's time to switch gears! :)

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