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7 Things That Actually WILL Ruin Your Childhood

Oren Mendez | Posted 10.02.2015 | Comedy
Oren Mendez

Sure, realizing Rugrats was filled with sex jokes might put a slight dent in your childhood memories, but let's have a look at some things that actually will ruin your childhood as it happens.

The Little Moments Are the Big Ones

Meredith Ethington | Posted 09.29.2015 | Parents
Meredith Ethington

As a kid, one of my favorite things to do was to play in the rain. Growing up in East Texas, there was plenty of it. It is one of the things I miss most about TX are the big thunderstorms. I remember watching the weather turn windy, and you knew a good one was coming. It was exciting and a little scary at the same time.

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 &n...

Dear Child of Mine

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 09.25.2015 | Parents
Devishobha Ramanan

Like all mothers, I wanted you to grow up into a strong, independent human being. I admit to second-guessing my ability in parenting every-time you seemed an inch away from doing it all on your own, every-time you sounded 'needy.' But let me admit to you...

Gender Liberation: Leaving Men Behind

Brett Gleason | Posted 09.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Brett Gleason

Even with my chin length hair kids mock me for having 'girl hair' -- as if there's something inherently offensive about being a girl. So much has evolved with gender identity since I was a kid but I fear men and boys are being left behind in our liberation of behavior from gender.

What I Want My Kids to Remember About Their Childhood

Alison Chrun | Posted 09.18.2015 | Parents
Alison Chrun

As I stumble through the first handful of years of my kid's childhood, I'm often reminded of my own. My best childhood memories were when I was quite young, probably between the ages of 5 and 7 years old.

12 Vintage Childhood Foods That We Can't Believe Still Exist

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 09.17.2015 | Fifty

Remember your youthful metabolism? Those were the days -- when you could eat cookies for breakfast, ice cream for lunch and all the mac'n'cheese you w...

Farrah Fawcett-Majors Made Me Realize I'm Super Gay

Michael C. Bryan | Posted 09.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael C. Bryan

I always told people I didn't know I was gay as a kid. But there it was, a photo of me, at 12, wearing a Farrah Fawcett-Majors T-shirt. In Montana.

When I Buried a Friend

Sunaina Vohra | Posted 09.16.2015 | Women
Sunaina Vohra

There was polite conversation but the warmth was as distant as the geographical separation. I felt like an intruder interrupting an evening not an old friend wanting to reminisce of old times and silly childhood memories.

The Importance Of Keeping A Daily Journal

Diana M. Raab | Posted 09.11.2015 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

How do the events of our childhoods affect our adult passions and mold who we become? Some believe that childhood sets the stage for the trajectory of our lives. This has definitely been true for me. When I was 10, my grandmother and primary caretaker committed suicide in my family home.

Finding Your Old Neighborhood Bully on Facebook

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 09.10.2015 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

Facebook has been a boon to people like me who are curious about whatever became of -- ok -- everyone I ever met. I love it when Baby Boomers talk about navigating Facebook as if we are really tuned into modern technology. We brag about uploading a photo or unfriending someone as if we're Navajo Code Talkers.

Gotta Catch 'Em All: Rediscovering the Thoughts That Haunted My Childhood

Ji Hoon Heo | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact
Ji Hoon Heo

I looked up at my father from his bed. His face had an uneasy look to it but there were more important things to worry about. At 12 years old, all I cared about was catching Pokemon on my purple Nintendo GameBoy Advance. "Son, your mother has cancer."

My Last Letter Home From Camp

Elizabeth Logan | Posted 09.08.2015 | College
Elizabeth Logan

Having graduated college with no prospect of gainful employment in my field of interest, I spent this summer at that great American bastion of youth: camp.

Aw, Come On, Dad in the Red Sweater

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 09.03.2015 | Parents
Linda DeMers Hummel

It happens every Friday between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. And if I sigh a little, I try to remember where I came from. Another time.

The Beautiful Lesson Lenny Kravitz Learned From His Grandfather

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 09.03.2015 | OWN

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What Happened to Your Dreams, Princess?

Li Lin | Posted 09.01.2015 | Impact
Li Lin

Stop listening to people who never even dared to make their dreams a reality and stop listening to people who are crying over sour grapes over the fact that they weren't able to succeed in their dreams so you must not succeed either type of people.

For Those Of You Who Hated Square Dancing In School

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 09.01.2015 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

I might have liked the Square Dance unit in gym class if I hasn't been a head taller than every boy in the universe. I'm sure the cute, short girls had buckets of fun in the 1960s allemanding left and promenading all over the place. Remind me to poll them on Facebook.

Why Ghosting Is Haunting

Michael C. Bryan | Posted 08.31.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michael C. Bryan

So I wrote an extremely clever draft(s) of this post saying that I'm a "Ghostaholic," which was a play on the term Ghosting which refers to someone wh...

What A School Talent Show Taught Goldie Hawn About Perfection

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 08.31.2015 | OWN

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How Cockroaches Became My New Self-Help Gurus

Michael C. Bryan | Posted 08.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Michael C. Bryan

Oh, I'm totally enlightened. But I'm having a panic attack right now, so do you mind if we talk after I don't feel like running screaming naked dow...

28 Moms You Should Follow on Instagram

Shari Medini | Posted 08.28.2015 | Parents
Shari Medini

My challenge to you is to bring a little more positivity into your everyday life and unfollow the negativity... Here are 28 awesome, uplifting, and real moms you should be following on Instagram (myself included of course).

"Get Off My Lawn!"

Linda DeMers Hummel | Posted 08.26.2015 | Fifty
Linda DeMers Hummel

Most of the people who had moved from New York City to Long Island were serious about their lawns. In the city, the concrete in front of your apartment had been public domain. That could be unfortunate, especially when drunks peed on it or young love went bad late at night, and you could be awakened suddenly by screaming and reproach under your window.

A Mother's End-Of-Summer Love Note

Jennifer S. White | Posted 08.26.2015 | Parents
Jennifer S. White

So much of my life has been this space between managing my reactions with the authenticity of internal need and awareness of this reaction upon others; coupled with the guilt after -- the guilt of either not reacting firmly enough for my own needs or, more often, being too harsh.

Why "Back to School" Is Not the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

John McCormick | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
John McCormick

I already long for those July mornings when all I had to worry about was getting myself fed and dressed. Or sip my coffee and read the paper in a quiet kitchen while the boys sacked in 'til noon.

Leaving Behind The Paris I Knew And Loved In 1939

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 08.24.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

n the Europe of the 1920s and 1930s, child rearing conventions were centered on not 'spoiling' the children with affection and freedom. We were never kissed nor told we were loved. I shook hands with my parents and curtsied when greeting adults. Respectful, quiet, and obedient.