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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.

FlagA gift was handed to me last Saturday. After days of downpours, I could have had an entire day with no place to be and nothing to do.

But instead of sleeping in and spending the day getting my house organized, I made a rash decision.

I decided to run a half marathon.


LittleFamWRecently, I seem to be noticing a lot of moms around town — young moms with little kids who need to be buckled into car seats and lifted into strollers. And I've come to the shocking realization that I'm not one of those moms any more.

I don't have a car full of car seats. I don't have a stroller in the house. I don't even have need for a babysitter any more.


I admit it. I broke the law yesterday. I had the best of intentions, but then the phone rang.

I did go to great pains to try to avoid breaking the new Maryland hand-held cell phone law. I found a spare Bluetooth in the house and tried to sync it with my phone but it would not sync. I even took it to work too see if anyone there could make it sync, but no luck. On the 30-minute drive home, I vowed not to make any calls. But then the phone rang. I'm the kind of person who can't stand to let the phone ring so I answered it.


I am anal when it comes to the flu vaccine. I can't imagine letting my family go without it.

There were too many years when the kids were little that we were housebound for weeks during the winter as one bug after another made the rounds. When your have six people in a family, a weeklong flu illness could potentially paralyze your household for a month or more. And that's just the inconvenience factor. There is also the chance that the flu can actually be deadly even for healthy kids. I know of a little girl who died from the flu when she was about 6 or 7. It was a horribly sad story.

So if there is something I can do to lower the chances of at least one illness each winter, I'm all for it.

This year the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that families get the flu shot as soon as possible. When I was posting this on our website last Friday, I realized I hadn't checked in with our pediatrician yet about scheduling the vaccination so I gave them a quick call. It just so happens they were having their first FluMist clinic on Saturday, so I signed us up. I love the fact that they have the mist now. Even though my kids are older, there would still be a huge amount of arguing if I had to drag them to get a shot every year. As it was, there was only a little grumbling and the whole thing took less than 10 minutes. And now we are good to go.

I have friends who forget to get the vaccine or don't think it's necessary, and every winter when families start dropping like flies — I'm glad I'm a little anal. Sure we will still have viruses come through the family, but having had the vaccination takes a little bit of the stress off. Cause I hate it when my kids get sick. My heart still skips a beat when one of them tells me they aren't feeling well. It probably always will.

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FranklyStein is a blog by Chesapeake Family Magazine editor Betsy Stein who lives in Catonsville with her husband, Chris, and four children, Maggie, 14, Lilly, 13, Adam, 13, and Jonah, 8.


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