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FranklyStein: When the crazy season of parenting ends

The crazy season has begun.

We have at least one activity scheduled every night of the week and every weekend through mid June. I’m tired just thinking about it. It’s not that the kids are overcommitted, the problem is, we had too many kids.

Everyone only has one activity going on — they’re all playing lacrosse — but it’s nuts. Check out the weekday practice schedule:

Monday night: Lilly and Jonah

Tuesday night: Maggie and sometimes Adam

Wednesday night: Maggie

Thursday night: Adam

Friday night: Adam and sometimes Lilly

Last weekend, both girls had preseason tournaments. This weekend both girls and Adam have tournaments and the littlest has a game. Luckily the tournament games are at wacky times (one’s at 7:45 Friday night, another at 6 p.m. Sunday and the rest sprinkled in between) so we should be able to divide and conquer. But it’s not going to be a relaxing weekend.

There’s nothing relaxing about life right now, but I’m told it’s just a season. Soon they’ll be in high school and all their activities will be after school. And not too long after that, they’ll be gone, and Chris and I will be wondering what to do with our time. We’ll miss all the activity, friends have promised me. We won’t know what to do with ourselves.

Sometimes, if I think really hard, I remember weekends before we had kids. There were 75-mile bike rides; time to work in the yard and fix up the house, dinners out, and mornings spent lounging over coffee and reading the paper. I think I could remember how to do those things again.

Don’t get me wrong; I’m glad we have the kids. There is something wonderful about dedicating my life to their activities and watching them blossom. I’ve also made many wonderful friends through my kids’ activities.

But when they have grown and moved on, I don’t think I’ll miss these crazy times. I’ll miss having my kids at home, and I’ll relish the memories of our chaotic life, but I’m thinking I might just bask in the stillness.

And get to know my husband again.



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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