franklyStein editors blog

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

AdamBy Betsy Stein

I had my 13-year-old son captive for about 20 minutes in the car this past weekend, and we covered everything from grades to the girl texting him at 11 at night.

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PoolHangingIt's been itching at the back of my mind all winter long. The big question — what am I going to do with my kids this summer?

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As a mom of four and editor of a parenting magazine, I've got a lot of balls in the air. Sports balls, school balls, work balls, church balls, home balls just to name a few.

As the kids get older, the number of balls seems to increase. And the older I get, the worse I seem to be at juggling them. Last fall, for example, I completely forgot to fill out health forms for my high school freshman, and I had to do some major scrambling so she could attend her first day of orientation. I've also become completely unreliable when I agree to take on tasks for the school's parent's club or kids' sports teams. I've been known to start a task and completely forget to finish it. This is not at all helpful for whomever I agreed to help.

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Snow2014I know that there is a lot of grumbling about the weather we've been having this winter. But I have to say, I love a snowstorm that totally shuts down life as we know it.

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