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FranklyStein: The peace of Christmas has come

SteinsThis week something magical has happened in the Stein house. The kids started getting along like old friends.

Jonah and Adam have been having friendly Nerf gun battles in the upstairs hall. They play for hours. Just a couple of weeks ago, these two disliked each other so much that Jonah hated our Christmas tree because it was the one Adam picked out.

When the girls had friends over last weekend, they all made music videos together on Maggie’s iPod Touch. They all dressed up in crazy costumes and hung out together much of the day. They even let Jonah join in.

Then Maggie and Adam sat down for a game of Chess on Christmas Eve. Generally, the two of them have nothing at all in common and mostly avoid each other. It was so heartening to see them find some common ground.

At meals, they’ve all been laughing about television shows and friends at school. They’ve bantered back and forth and enjoyed each other’s company. It’s given me a glimpse of what things might be like when they grow up. Less fighting, more getting along.

And Jonah’s amazingly good behavior that started earlier in the month never really went away. I hope I’m not jinxing it, but he has continued to be pleasant, helpful and a joy to be with. Even now that Santa has come and gone, he’s still mostly Happy Jonah not the permacrank of days past.

I guess the Spirit of Christmas has descended on our house. It has truly been a peaceful, joyous Noel. I wish the same for your family this holiday season.

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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, 12, Adam, 12, and Jonah, 8.


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