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FranklyStein: The game of good kid, bad kid

You know the phenomenon that when one of your kids is acting up, another miraculously turns into a perfect angel?

That happened at my house one morning last week.

Jonah is usually the morning crank. He doesn’t like to get out of bed, complains about getting dressed, refuses to say “please” and “thank you” and wears a perpetual sulky expression most mornings. But on this particular day, Adam was having issues. He was flying off the handle over how I was quizzing him for a test, bulked when I corrected him and stomped out of the room several times during breakfast.

Through all of this, Jonah had an uncharacteristically sweet expression on his face. When ever I asked him to do something, he answered with a polite “Yes, Mommy.” And he was sure to use “please” and “thank you” without any prompting.

Despite myself, I found this a little annoying.

I should have just basked in Jonah playing the part of the perfect child when Adam was decidedly not. But instead, I couldn’t help thinking “Look whose all nicey nice now. Where was this Jonah yesterday? And what’s the motive here?”

But I bit my tongue.

And the next day, things were back to normal.



family1-1-23FranklyStein 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.

Photo by Dawn Kearney

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