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What are Your Tips for Surviving Spring Fever?

The unseasonably warm weather brings new parenting challenges in the form of extremely early cases of spring fever. How do you cope?

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 surviving spring fever:

We’ve had an early warm-up weather-wise this year. That means the birds are back, the flowers are blooming and the kids are, shall we say, a bit distracted? Rammy? Out of control? And, it's still early April. It’s time for Lehigh Valley parents and caregivers to come together and battle this epidemic. So, please help:

What’s are your best tips for surviving spring fever?

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 Phillipsburg, 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.

Beth April 09, 2012 at 12:47 AM
I am just happy to be able to get them outside. We have been so lucky to have mild weather this year. We've been outside a lot.
Jennifer Marangos (Editor) April 09, 2012 at 01:47 AM
My difficulty has been keeping the kids on task when all they want to do is be outside (which I can certainly understand). We have done homework outside on more than one afternoon, which seems to be a pretty good middle ground...
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. April 09, 2012 at 11:27 AM
Steroidal nasal sprays work for me...There is no escaping Spring Fever.
Lisa Amey April 09, 2012 at 11:30 AM
My challenge in recent weeks has been to have them be properly dressed for school or outside play. Ever since we had that stretch of warm weather, all my kids want to wear is shorts, tank tops and flip flops. Every morning, a description of the current weather doesn't mean anything, even if it's 40 degrees and super windy. They'll still claim, "Awwww, moooonmmmm, it's Spring now!"
David Finkbeiner April 09, 2012 at 11:55 AM
I do not know if it is "fever", but is the best time of the year. Long walks after dinner, bike rides around our sidewalks and to the Hellertown Library, gardening at the grandparents, chalk art n the driveway, hide and go seek, kick ball, planting flowers. The list is endless.
Lisa Merk April 09, 2012 at 12:30 PM
For us we get our homework done as soon as the kids get home from school - no exceptions, they know this and it works best for us. Then we go outside and ride our bikes, or up to the park, or tag, or baseball! My boys are all about baseball, so for them that is enough to keep the occupied for hours!
Jennifer Elston April 09, 2012 at 01:08 PM
This is the best time of year. We play outside as much as possible and watch way less tv. Everyone sleeps better when they're active!

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