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Childhood Memories

26 Tell-Tale Signs You Were Raised In The Suburbs

The Huffington Post | Minou Clark | Posted 05.31.2016 | HuffPost Home

There's nothing quite like growing up in suburbia: The smell of fresh-cut grass, the sound of neighbors' kids playing down the block, deer hanging out...

Raising Your Holiday Game

Teresa Carlton | Posted 04.19.2016 | Parents
Teresa Carlton

How are my children supposed to have a childhood filled with magic and wonder if they are to go over a month without a holiday that is celebrated with a stranger breaking into our home and leaving them gifts and high fructose corn syrup?

10 Hilarious And Adorable Things These Adults Used To Believe As Children

The Huffington Post | Posted 04.25.2016 | Parents

What did you believe when you were a kid?

Five Fun Ways To Immerse Your Children In A Foreign Country

Suzanne Rutledge | Posted 03.21.2016 | Parents
Suzanne Rutledge

Traveling out of the country with children can be fraught with concern, not just over logistics and jet lag, but wondering whether they’ll enjoy and...

Living The Life My Mother Once Did

Nicole Johnson | Posted 03.11.2016 | Women
Nicole Johnson

I know my mother now in a way that I never could before.

Evidence of a Childhood Continued: It's in the Snow

David S. Simon | Posted 02.09.2016 | Impact
David S. Simon

Snow. Again. But just like other days of drifts and drafts, the snow quickly hypnotizes me like a vaudeville circuit tuxedoed magician and just l...

A Clothing Memory I Treasure

Jackie Walker | Posted 01.20.2016 | Fifty
Jackie Walker

Happy New Year! Yes it is hard to believe that 2016 is already here.. I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season! We did and I want to share though...

The Gifts My Parents Gave

Kerrie L Cooper | Posted 12.21.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kerrie L Cooper

The start of the holiday season when I was growing up was marked by the appearance of Santa Claus at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. My...

17 Times You Wish You Could Be A Kid Instead Of An Adult Woman

The Huffington Post | Sasha Bronner | Posted 12.17.2015 | Women

As a kid, it seemed like adults (or older siblings) often said, "You'll understand when you're older." And while age does help usher in a lot of wisdo...

There Is No Future in the Past

Mitch Rosenzweig | Posted 12.11.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mitch Rosenzweig

Every one of them is still there. Vivid but fading, the ink as bold as the day it was penned. But the paper is golden from age. Worn creases and soft ...

Musical Interlude: Yiayia and the Springsteen Shuffle

Paola K Amaras | Posted 12.01.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paola K Amaras

I was driving the other day, right before Thanksgiving, and desperately seeking a radio station that wasn't playing awful Christmas music incessantly....

Black Friday Magic

Pam Ferderbar | Posted 11.26.2015 | Comedy
Pam Ferderbar

When I was a kid, on the day after Thanksgiving my mom and dad would take me to Chicago to see the Christmas lights and decorations on Michigan Avenue. I felt like a grown up in the bustling big city, bumping into ladies in high-heeled boots and fur coats, and men carrying stacks of big department store boxes and fancy-looking shopping bags.

My Transgender Life: Grandma's Closet

Grace Anne Stevens | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Grace Anne Stevens

There were so many things to choose from. Sometimes I grabbed the old men's suits and long jackets. Sometimes I grabbed some of grandma's dresses and wool coats. For some reason, this felt better to me.

Memories Forgotten (From a Ward of the State)

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 10.12.2015 | Impact
Sophia Williams-Baugh

I hate when people tell me to reflect on good memories. Little do they know, I don't have many.

What I Appreciate Most About My Oldest Friends

Arlene Nisson Lassin | Posted 10.04.2015 | Fifty
Arlene Nisson Lassin

Other than my wonderful family, my friends are my life's riches, and if I think about it, between my oldest friends, my adulthood friends, and my newer friends, I am rich beyond all measure.

13 Halloween Traditions We Refuse To Give Up

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 09.29.2015 | Fifty

Fall is upon us and that means your grocery store aisles are fully stocked with Halloween candy, costumes and decorations. via GIPHY It's ...

The Simple Pleasures

Mary Widdicks | Posted 09.16.2015 | Parents
Mary Widdicks

I can't remember when it happened to me, but somewhere along the twisted line that is my life, I lost the ability to find enjoyment in the things I see everyday. I forgot how to see beauty in the plainer things and excitement in the mundane. I am truly a child of my generation: I need to be entertained.

An Open Letter to Children: Smile for the Damn Camera!

David Lesser | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
David Lesser

Come on! You were having fun a second ago. Geez, you're so literal...a few minutes ago. Remember way back then? Ah, the laughter. You don't have to be having a great time right now, you just have to look like you're having a great time.

Our Kids Get Too Many Trophies

Jimmy Dunne | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
Jimmy Dunne

I was at a recent town park board meeting -- where a few folks brought up that maybe it's time to pull back on the gazillion trophies given out for every park league sporting event. We kicked around how kids are being weaned to expect to bring home some "hardware" just for showing up.

Wild Berries: A Lesson in Ripening

Mel Sellick | Posted 08.17.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mel Sellick

When did we last consider wild berries? On a visit to a new trail I've never been before, I begin seeing them stretch and grow, exploding with potent...

The Enduring Legacy of Motherhood

Helen Davey | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Helen Davey

In this world of thousands of how-to books, chattering experts on television, and workshops on how to raise a secure child, sometimes the most profoun...

Fairy Tales Can Come True: It Can Happen to You

Robbi Rucker | Posted 08.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Robbi Rucker

What does fearlessness look like to you? Who do you want to be? How do you want to live your life? How do you want to be remembered? If you don't yet know that's fine, that's normal. Choreographing a new relationship to yourself takes time and evolves.

Learning Chinese

Tricia McCallum | Posted 07.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tricia McCallum

Growing up in a small northern town shaped me in ways untold. As a little girl my family lived in an apartment above a hardware store on our small t...

Reflections on My Reunion

Lindajoy Rose, Ph.D. | Posted 07.22.2015 | Fifty
Lindajoy Rose, Ph.D.

Last weekend I traveled to Chicago for a high school reunion that we decided to hold outside of the usual decade milestones. This was #43. I couldn't make the 40th as I had a wedding that same weekend, but it was fairly well-attended and everyone seemed amenable to getting together more often.

A Salute to Egg Rolls and Forever Friendships

Lisa Goodman-Helfand | Posted 07.07.2015 | Chicago
Lisa Goodman-Helfand

"There are other places in Chicago to get good egg rolls. You're being ridiculous!" This was my husband's comment to me as I rushed out the door to pick up my final carry-out order from my all-time favorite Chinese Restaurant, Kow Kow.