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Lots of lasts before college — FranklyStein

Last week was full of lasts for my oldest. She had her last club swim meet, last summer team home meet and final club...

Guilt over preteen summer boredom — FranklyStein

I'm feeling a little mama guilt these days. It's summertime and my older kids are busy working, driving themselves around town, meeting friends and...

The summer cell phone and screen time situation — FranklyStein

This weekend, all the moms I came in contact with were lamenting the same thing — cell phones. It was interesting...

Why a New England vacation beats heading south — FranklyStein

I'm always amazed by the people who head south in the summer. It's hot and humid — even worse than it is here. The...

The struggles and rewards of summer swim team — FranklyStein

Summer swim has started and my kids — even the teens — are excited despite the early Saturday mornings for the next six weeks....

Ways preteens can make money other than selling painted rocks — FranklyStein

When I was a kid, my sister and I loved having sales in our front yard. Lemonade, painted rocks, old toys — you name...

The importance of a girls weekend — FranklyStein

I always feel a little guilty about taking a weekend away from my family. I don't like leaving the sporting events and kid schlepping...

The deceptive part of parenting — FranklyStein

It's truly amazing how parenthood works. You have a tiny little baby, and you can't imagine how this little thing will...

The kids’ stuff is out of control — FranklyStein

I have a confession to make. We have too much stuff. Clothes, toys, books, mementos, sports equipment and other odds and ends are overtaking...

What’s the deal with the fidget spinners? — FranklyStein

I think my 16-year-old son was one of the first to purchase a Fidget Cube — that gadget that's supposed to help kids concentrate...

The sad side of Mother’s Day — FranklyStein

Mother's Day is not always easy. This week a friend posted on Facebook that she misses her mom, who died maybe 30 years ago....

My prince and princesses go to prom — FranklyStein

Years ago, my kids would get all excited when the older girls in the neighborhood — their babysitters — were headed to prom. ...

The issues that come up with teenage dating — FranklyStein

A few months ago, our “Good Parenting” columnist answered a question about a teenager who wanted to spend the night at her boyfriend's house....

My happy place — FranklyStein

You know that spot that you are supposed to envision when you are in labor? That spot that calms you down just by thinking...

Vaping is spreading like smoking did when I was a kid — FranklyStein

When I was a teen, lots of my friends started smoking. It was the time of the Marlboro Man and Joe Camel, and it...

5 ways teens are easier than tots — FranklyStein

Recently, I was talking to several moms who have little kids. They are in the thick of the exhausting parenting stage and were complaining...

Facing the future — FranklyStein

We are speeding into the future at the Stein house. This past week Adam got his driver's license, and Maggie made the first step...

Rearranging furniture counts as redecorating in my book — FranklyStein

I recently changed the angle of the table in my kitchen, and it feels like we have a whole new kitchen. ...

Is it dementia or too many kids? — FranklyStein

I think I'm losing it. I may have dementia or early onset Alzheimer's, but I'm hoping it's just a side effect of having four...

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...
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