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What Dr. Seuss Lesson Do You Hope to Teach Your Kids?

Some parenting insights are simple and can be delivered in metered rhyme.

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 wisdom of Dr. Seuss:

On Friday, March 2, people across the Lehigh Valley and across the country honored Dr. Seuss' birthday by joining Read Across America day. As part of that celebration, the National Education Association called on book lovers around the nation to take up The Lorax, the popular Dr. Seuss children's book published in 1971 about the lovable creature who fights to save the environment. The Lorax, like all of Seuss’ classic works, holds important lessons for all of us – young and old alike. So here’s what we want to know:

What Dr. Seuss teaching do you hope to pass on to your children? (You are encouraged to answer with your favorite Seuss quote!)

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.
  • Jennifer Willenbrock of Nazareth is mom to two beautiful daughters, ages 5 and 6 weeks. She was previously employed by Catholic Charities, where she worked in a girl’s group home in Philipsburg, N.J.  

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.

charalambos marangos March 06, 2012 at 01:46 AM
I 've had green eggs and ham in Frankfurt, Deutschland, on a riverboat, for breakfast. They are quite tasty. I just had to try them. Wish I had a receipe.
Beth March 06, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I couldn't agree with you more about "oh! The places You'll Go"...."oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won." Not to be too simple, but that book has all you need for the journey through life.
Mariella Savidge March 06, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Beth, you're so right. All I could think about was "losing my baby to college," but since then she and her sisters have been all over the world, have advanced degrees, professional jobs (with healthcare! success!!) and now have pretty much settled close enough to home to enjoy the grandbabies. Heaven.
Lisa Merk March 07, 2012 at 12:55 PM
My all time favorite...."Today is gone, today was fun, tomorrow is another one!" from One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish. Dr. Suess
Lisa Merk March 07, 2012 at 12:56 PM
each day is a gift and you should make the most of it! Enjoy everyday!

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