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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband and four children.

The upside to being a swim parent with no life — FranklyStein

Six of our last eight weekends have been usurped by swim meets.

The madness started the second weekend in January and won't let up until after this weekend. Between high school championship meets, meets hosted by our kids' teams and state championships, I'm starting to exhale chlorine. I'm not just talking about a few hours on a Saturday — these meets suck up the entire weekend.

Getting tweens and teens to do chores — FranklyStein

Lucy 1If you think struggling with the kids over household chores might get easier the older they get, think again.

My kids each have several dedicated jobs a week ranging from collecting the trash to sorting the laundry to feeding the cat. The jobs don't take much time but often, they can't take the time to do them. Sometimes they forget, other times they claim they don't have time.

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