We've made it, folks. Winter is over and we've come out the other side in one piece. It was touch and go for a while — especially that day I had to shovel my extremely steep, very long driveway twice — but it's spring now and the worst (or at least the majority of the worst) is behind us. But we're not out of the woods yet. The crocuses and snowdrops may be peeking out of the dirt and the birds may be chirping, but there are early spring problems every parent has to deal with.
Actually, let's go ahead and put an asterisk after that "every." If you're a Southern California or Florida parent or something, let's face it: seasons are nothing more than a formality for you. You will not, and cannot, understand the struggle those of us who live in places with variable weather face. (So help me God, I will bring my wrath upon the first one of you who argues that's not true because "last week it was 55 degrees out". Stop. You're embarrassing yourselves. Call me when walking outside hurts your face.)
But for most of us, early Spring is a tricky time and is best described as a sort of Winter/not-Winter limbo where anything can happen. The problem? We rarely know exactly what that "anything" will be.