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.

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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.

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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.

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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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