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Will You Let Your Kids Trick-or-Treat Alone?

It’s a tough to decide when, where, how and for how long to let tweens and teens do things on their own. The upcoming night of candy-collecting doesn’t make it any easier.

Will You Let Your Kids Trick-or-Treat Alone?

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 trick-or-treating solo.

Our Moms Talk topic this week needs little explanation. It’s a scary world out there and it doesn’t get any less scary whether your young one is dressed as a fairy princess or wearing a zombie costume. The candy-collecting and general horsing around of Halloween night sounds like and should be good clean fun, but…and it’s that “but” that gives every parent and caregiver pause.

And that brings us to this week’s Moms Talk question:

Will you let your kids trick-or-treat alone?

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.

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