franklyStein editors blog

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

JoWatchingI love, love, love watching the Olympics. I have ever since I was a kid. I love the competition, watching sports I've barely heard of and hearing the athletes' amazing stories. It makes for great entertainment. I could sit and watch for hours.

So when my kids asked if we could watch "Catching Fire" last Saturday night, I said no way. The Olympics were on! This elicited a chorus of groans. My youngest even went as far as to state emphatically that he DID NOT WANT TO WATCH THE OLYMPICS.


Photo: Jonah half watching the Olympics. His tablet is close at hand.


It's amazing how many friends you make when you have kids and how you keep on making them as your kids get older.

I can't count how many friends I've made over the years thanks to my kids. When Maggie was a newborn, I ran into an acquaintance at the mall and when we realized our babies were the same age, a friendship started that might not otherwise have ever been. We were both stay-at-home moms so we spent a lot of time together in those early days — on playgrounds, in classes and at each other's houses. To this day we catch up whenever we can.


LucyI've had a dog for all of about six months in my life.

We got a miniature dachshund for Christmas when I was 6 years old. His name was Rudolph and he wasn't a very good dog. He barked too much, was never house trained and bit my sister and I. We were competition for my mom's attention. But he could play a mean game of ball.

After a few months, Mom got tired of cleaning up after Rudy and gave him away. And that was the end of our family's dog history.


TeenMeThere were times when I was a teenager that I'm sure my mom would have welcomed an app to track my whereabouts. Of course, back then, the option to even call me on a cellphone to ask where I was would have been preferable to setting out to find me in the middle of the night. Which she did at least once.


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