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4 Reasons Why the 90s Are Making a Comeback

Unwritten | Posted 08.03.2015 | Women
Unwritten

It hasn't surprised me that the nostalgia of the Gen-Y childhood is making a comeback. I could sit here and write an endless list of all the reasons the '90s were the best decade to be a child in, from Tamagotchis to Rugrats to 'N Sync (the reasons are endless). But I think there are deeper reasons as to why our Gen-Y childhood culture is making a comeback.

The Life-Changing Question a Stranger On a Bench Asked Me

Debra Carpenter | Posted 07.31.2015 | Parents
Debra Carpenter

All the things I so often say to my daughter flashed into my mind, and they all had one thing in common. I wasn't focusing on making memories for my daughter -- I was obsessed with the future and constantly hurrying toward it. And why? I had this awesome, perfect present to enjoy.

7 Ways Your Childhood Affects How You Parent

Lisa Firestone | Posted 07.31.2015 | Parents
Lisa Firestone

Most parents who look into the eyes of their brand new baby see whatever lies ahead as a clean slate. Nothing turns our focus more toward the future than having a child.

A Childhood Crisis of Technological Proportions

Naphtali Hoff | Posted 07.31.2015 | Parents
Naphtali Hoff

The fact that we have developed this tablet dependency, however real, does trouble me. Technology offers many wonderful benefits, no doubt. But research is replete with data that continues to underscore the damaging effects of technology on relationship building, attention spans, and our ability to think and play creatively.

'Sharknado' Star Bases His Career Decisions On 1 Important Factor

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 07.30.2015 | OWN

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This Kid Is Everyone Who Was Ever Forced To Play A Sport They Hated

The Huffington Post | Maxwell Strachan | Posted 07.29.2015 | Sports

 When I was five or so, my dad made me play soccer, and I hated it. So much running around with kids who disliked me, and for what? Cam...

8 Venn Diagrams That Cover 18 Years Of Childhood

Melissa Sher | Posted 07.29.2015 | Parents
Melissa Sher

No two days with your child are ever alike. And, once you've been in the thick of a developmental stage and think you have something finally figured out, your kids go and change on you.

It's Not Just a Phase. Kids are Assholes.

David Lesser | Posted 07.28.2015 | Parents
David Lesser

If I had a dollar for every time I said, was told or thought "don't worry, it's just a phase" about my children (or when reassuring friends about theirs), my wife could quit working and we could both stay home full-time.

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...

How the Best Traditions Help Adolescents Lead Healthier Lives -- And How They Can Alter Adults' Stereotypical Views of Them

Christopher Phillips | Posted 07.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Christopher Phillips

it is my experience, in the hundreds of dialogues I've held with adolescents, that no one is more open and honest and piercing than than they are when it comes to investigating questions such as: Who am I? Who can I become? What do I want to be when I grow up? It behooves the rest of us, at every age and stage, to hold inquiries on such questions with them, so we can be privy to their keen insights.

Black Twitter Nailed What It Was Like #GrowingUpBlack

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 07.15.2015 | Black Voices

Remember when street lights were a cue for curfew? Or when sliced bread was an easy resort for hotdog buns? Maybe even when electronic fans were used ...

These Honest Beanie Babies Hit WAY Too Close To Home

The Huffington Post | Aaron Nemo | Posted 07.14.2015 | Comedy

Despite the major developments in 21st century medicine, we still haven't discovered a cure for '90s nostalgia. #Awareness. Luckily for Millennials, t...

What I Never Told Anyone About The Way I Got My Period For The First Time

Christine Wojdyla | Posted 07.10.2015 | Women
Christine Wojdyla

Like the good little Catholic girl that I was, I said my prayers every night. And I prayed to God, begging and pleading with everything I had to bargain, to get my period and be just like the other girls.

Capri Sun Cocktails Are The Summer Beverage You've Been Waiting For... Your Whole Life

Supercompressor | Posted 07.08.2015 | Taste
Supercompressor

Of all the ways one can pay homage to nostalgia-inducing childhood snacks, the method of "cocktailification" is the best way to show your appreciation for the foods and drinks you grew up with.

Why Childhood Memories Disappear

The Atlantic | Alasdair Wilkins | Posted 07.07.2015 | World

My first memory is of the day my brother was born: November 14, 1991. I can remember my father driving my grandparents and me over to the hospital in ...

The Secret of the Hairy Leg

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 07.02.2015 | Women
Elaine Ambrose

I was 12 when my mother sat beside me, nervously cleared her throat, and gave this serious admonishment: I was never to shave my legs. I solemnly nodded but neglected to mention that I secretly had been shaving for more than a year.

A Tribute to My First Boyfriend

Loren DeLand Davis | Posted 07.01.2015 | Women
Loren DeLand Davis

Billy adored me as I came closer to that age where we keep losing reasons to adore ourselves. While sipping happy hour cocktails with girlfriends, I'd discuss my middle school boyfriend. "He was important," I'd say. "It was such a sweet thing. It was special."

Single Work Appreciation Day: 'Huntsman and Herdsman,' Katherine Stone

Daniel Maidman | Posted 06.29.2015 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

Let's address a problem I think many of us have with looking at drawings and paintings of children: we are so accustomed to having our heartstrings crudely yanked that the entire genre is suspect.

Reflections on Father's Day 2015: Don't Forget, It's Not About You

John McCormick | Posted 06.26.2015 | Parents
John McCormick

I got a glimpse for the first time of what it will be like to be an empty nester. Connor starts high school this fall, and in two years Will is off to college. If Father's Day 2015 is any predictor, I'll be a complete mess, lavishing my pent-up paternal affections on the family dogs.

Reclaiming My Dad On Father's Day

Dawn Q Landau | Posted 06.21.2015 | Fifty
Dawn Q Landau

When life throws you a 100 mph curve ball, that hits you in the face ... and then another, and another, there are lots of things you can do. If you're a child, set on survival, you block it out and move on.

(W)right It Out

Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D. | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women
Angelica V. Hernandez, Ph.D.

I always knew I had a story to tell, but just didn't know when I could tell it without severe consequences.

With Kids, Little Things Are Magic

Kasey Ferris | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Kasey Ferris

A few minutes of digging went by when I heard a happy shriek, and he came trotting over to me with his hands folded together, cupping -- what I could only imagine by the look on his face -- something awesome.

An Open Letter To My Daughter About Her Unfinished Baby Book

Elizabeth Laing Thompson | Posted 06.04.2015 | Parents
Elizabeth Laing Thompson

I picture you flipping to the chart of firsts, that page where I'm supposed to write down every first from your First Year of Life, and even some milestones from your toddler years. Your baffled gaze runs down the page, finding only a few scattered notes. And I'll try to explain, to help you understand.

What I Wish I Had Saved

Dana Laquidara | Posted 06.03.2015 | Women
Dana Laquidara

I was a bystander in their doll games, a witness to it all. I saw the Oregon Trail from a distance, looking out the kitchen window, glimpses of three pony tailed heads and the pink wheels bumping along through the grass. I cannot bring the dolls back. But I can call up these memories, clear as a summer day on the prairie.

How Being Tall As a Child Impacted Me

Alexandra Allam | Posted 06.02.2015 | Women
Alexandra Allam

When you're a tall girl growing up, you don't get to be the tall guy's shoulder-rest. You miss out on being the one chosen to practice séances on at sleepovers. You can't fit into good niches in hide-and-go-seek.