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FranklyStein: Just One Direction in our house

1DmaggieOur house has seriously gone in One Direction.

If you have a daughter between the ages of 8 and 14, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

If not, here’s the scoop. One Direction is the latest boy band. They got their start in 2010 during the seventh series of Brittan’s talent search show, “The X Factor.” Simon Cowell apparently put them together and they finished in third place. You might’ve have heard their hit song “What Makes You Beautiful.” It’s actually pretty catchy.

My kids fell into the One Direction craze a few weeks ago after the boys from the band guest starred on an iCarly episode. After that, my youngest daughter (who wasn’t into music previously) was begging for their CD, “Up All Night.”

On a recent trip to target, the girls bypassed the toy aisles and clothes section, and made a beeline for the magazines. Lilly, 11, blew $4 on J-14 and Maggie splurged for a special Bop edition that came with posters of all the One Direction boys. It even had One Direction paper dolls (which she was quick to point out, she hasn’t cut out).1Dlil

The girls are begging to go to a One Direction concert—all of which are sold out for this year in the United States. But you can buy tickets now for a concert in 2013. I refused to even entertain the idea. In a year, the boys could be headed in the other direction—at least as far as my girls are concerned.

I’ll never forget the huge crush I had on Sean Cassidy when I was a preteen. It hit hard when I was in fifth or sixth grade but less than a year later, I thought he was a total dweeb. Everyone did.

But in the meantime, One Direction is nothing but cool in our house—even the boys are fans. I overheard Lilly the other night asking her twin brother, Adam, for her J-14 magazine back. I tried to explain to Adam that the boy band was really a chick group, but he didn’t seem to care. At least he hasn’t hung up a poster of Harry or Louis next to his bed.

I can’t say the same for my 7-year-old, Jonah.

















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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, 13, Lilly, 11, Adam, 11, and Jonah, 7.

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