Moms Talk is a weekly feature on all Lehigh Valley Patches, in which local parents are invited to share opinions and advice on parenting issues.
Each week our Moms Council members will discuss a different issue. Join the conversation by weighing in on a topic or asking questions.
Our Moms Council members include:
- Lisa Amey, of Upper Milford Township, is a stay-at-home mom to an 8-year-old son and a 5-year-old daughter. A past president of the MOMS Club of Emmaus and long time 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 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 to 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, N.J. 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.
Introducing Zoila Bonilla Paul
The newest member of our Moms Council, Ziola lives in Bethlehem, and is a stay-at-home mom to two girls – a five 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.”
For this week’s Moms Talk question, we are going to broaden our horizons and pose a question asked by, gulp, a man.
Josh Popichak, Editor, Hellertown-Lower Saucon Patch, who is neither a mom nor a woman, is, in his own words, “curious about moms and what they think, so that counts for something, I guess.”
Here’s what Josh is thinking about:
There are a lot more “natural” cleaning products on the supermarket shelves these days, which made Josh wonder if today’s parents are more concerned about exposing their kids to chemicals the effects such chemicals might have on their children years down the road than parents have been in the past. Or, he ponders, in today’s economy does saving money and the price tag determine what is being purchased?
What kind of cleaning products do you use in your home? Specifically do you use "organic" or "all natural" cleaners rather than the more traditional, chemical, and potentially toxic brands? Does you make your own cleaning liquids at home? (You can find recipes online.) What factors are you considering when buying household cleaners?
Share your thoughts and stories with us in the comments.
If you would like to become a part of the Moms Council and/or have ideas for future Moms Talk questions, please email email@example.com.