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What do you Hope Your Kids Learned from Sandy?

It’s been quite a week and our children have seen and heard a lot. Is there one thing that you wish they will remember after the lights come back on and the heat kicks in?

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 relates to the lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy.

Whether it’s the Boy Scout motto of “be prepared,” or the importance of neighbors helping neighbors, the destructive force of Super Storm Sandy holds many lessons for us all.

Which brings us to this week’s Moms Talk question:

Is there one thing you hope your children will take away from their experiences with Hurricane Sandy?

Our Moms Council members include: 

  • Lisa Amey of Upper Milford Township is a stay-at-home mother of two. 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 14-year-old and 8-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 3 and a 6-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 Amey November 04, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Always be prepared and have a back-up plan. Things can always be worse. Cooperation is essential. Help others when you can. Be thankful for the blessings we have.
Lisa Merk November 04, 2012 at 05:55 PM
We always need to help each other - always - but especially in a time of need. Heed warnings; and be as prepared as you can when a crisis hits......on a lighter side I hope they remember that you don't need electronics to have fun!!
Beth November 05, 2012 at 01:42 AM
I think the biggest lesson is to help others out. For some reason (and it happened the same way last year) we got power restored before our neighbors across the street. We invited everyone over who could come-for dinner. They could also use our "facilities" too if they wanted. One of the mornings we made popovers and a pot of coffee for our still "without" neighbors. I just want them to know that at times like this-it is so important to help your neighbor.
Jennifer Elston November 06, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I hope they learned the difference between want and need. I also think they learned about helping others.

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