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 snacks at school.
Believe it or not, in some school districts across the country, snack time has become a thing of the past. Kindergarteners are still being allowed a snack break in a few places, probably more for the need to teach manners and social skills than out of a desire to feed hungry bellies. But, after that, schools seem to be moving toward a “lunch-is-enough” model, even if that lunch happens at 10:30 a.m. and the child doesn’t walk through his or her front door until after 4 o’clock. And, from what I am hearing, in those cases, those children are racing through the front door right to the refrigerator door in search of something to eat. I know that my third-grader does. And, he’s not looking for cookies. An, apple, a banana…anything will do. That’s a mother’s tip-off that a child truly is hungry. Some days I am actually serving dinner before 5 p.m. to try to calm his clamoring tummy. I thought it was just my child, until I spoke to parents in the Lehigh Valley and beyond who are experiencing the same thing.
So, here’s what we want to know:
Should kids be allowed to have a snack at school? If you have a school-age child, is he/she allowed to have a snack break during the school day?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.