What's her secret?: 'Appreciate them while they're young'

abredeson@islandpacket.comJune 10, 2013 

Single mom Erin Lentz is surrounded by her children, clockwise from bottom left: Addeline, 9, Davis, 13, Grayson, 14, Elliott, 11, and Emmelia, 6.

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Name: Erin Laytham Lentz

Town: Bluffton

Children: Grayson, 15; Davis, 13; Elliott, 11; Addeline, 9; Emmelia, 6

Occupation: owner of a social media marketing company called Swell New Media

Go-to dinner: Fiddlehead Pizza, or a rotisserie chicken with rice or pasta

Biggest pet peeve: "I like things in their place," Lentz said. "I think there is a place for everything, and it drives me absolutely crazy when people don't put things back where they belong. ... I like to come home and have my ducks in a row."

Hobbies: Cooking, gardening, running, acting and singing

Volunteer work: Lentz volunteers her time handling all the social media for "Love Bluffton, Buy Local," a campaign encouraging Blufftonians to support local businesses. She also volunteers with May River Theatre Co. She is working on the theater's Facebook page and will maintain it for free. She and all five of her children were in the recent production of "The Music Man" at the Bluffton theater.

Favorite mommy moment: Like most moms, Lentz has several favorite mommy moments, but one that stands out is when she held her first daughter for the first time. "I love my boys dearly, and they're easier now than the girls are," she said. "I never thought I'd have a little girl. ... It was magical."

Most challenging moment: Lentz said her most challenging moment as a mother was when she and her ex-husband split up and she was left with the responsibility of caring for five children under the age of 8 by herself. "We had no money, and we had to leave our home and our life," she said. "I knew nothing leading up to this. When you literally are living a life that seems so perfect and so full and then simply discover in one day ... it's not what you think it is ... it was as if everything crumbled."

Stress reliever: Cooking and taking trips to the beach

Advice for other moms: "Do whatever works," she said. "Enjoy them while they're young. It really is true. I feel like I blinked and ... I have a son who is getting his permit this summer. ... Appreciate them while they're young and they don't have a social life."

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