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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.

Watch Out For Bullies!

Amber Sabathia | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Amber Sabathia

As much as no parent would ever want to admit it, it may not always be your child who is the one being picked on. What do you do when your child is the bully? Parents have to understand that at some point their child could possibly be the one bullying. Don't be ashamed or embarrassed by it. How can a child learn if you don't teach them?

Travels With My Dad

Janie Emaus | Posted 06.01.2015 | Fifty
Janie Emaus

No matter what age I was when we traveled, I knew my father would get us to our destination safely. He would take care of everything (hotels, car rentals, food, souvenirs, fun).

Why 1970s Summers Were Way Better

Lori Ferraro | Posted 05.29.2015 | Women
Lori Ferraro

Grab your rainbow flip-flops and join me for a run through the sprinkler in the front yard, won't you?

The Lost Art of Skipping Rocks

Jennifer Bly | Posted 05.28.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Bly

As we stood there, it occurred to me how much we've lost to the hectic pace of a technologically advanced society.

A Simple Way to Connect With Your Kids Every Day

Pam Howard | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Pam Howard

The way you reconnect with your kids each and every day helps set the tone for your relationship. The more they feel connected to you, the less they'll need to act out in order to get your attention. And the stronger your bond, the more they'll actually want to cooperate.

7 Ridiculous Park Rules I Don't Make My Kids Follow

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

There are certain things that belong to just me: My cell phone. My wallet. My underwear. I'm not sharing these things with random people I meet at the park. Why should I force my children to share their prized possessions with kids they just met?

Let's Talk about Free-Range Parenting

Kathy Walsh | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Kathy Walsh

Our neighborhood was a place for us to learn. We thought we were having fun, but through play, we were taking a life skills class taught by life itself.

Sara Boboltz

A Brief Yet Complex Color History Of Crayola Crayons

HuffingtonPost.com | Sara Boboltz | Posted 05.26.2015 | Arts

Few things stir up childhood nostalgia as quickly as a fresh box of crayons. It's easy to see what makes them an appealing collectors' i...

What Was So Great About A Gen X Childhood?

Daniel Cubias | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Daniel Cubias

I'm here to tell you that growing up the way we did was not a long-term favor or blessed accomplishment. Let me be clear that I don't blame my parents. No, my disdain for nostalgia has more to do with cold, hard facts and unpleasant anecdotes than personal issues.

Hands Upon My Heart

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

Hands are the tools with which we shape the world. They define us to an extent -- as sons and daughters, providers and professionals, laborers and learners.

How Family Law Attorneys Tend to Think, Part IV

Mark Baer | Posted 05.19.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

On July 10, 2011, Joan T. Daniels, Esq. posted the following comment on the listserv for the members of the Family Law Section of the Los Angeles Coun...

I'm Holding On

Wendy Wisner | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Wendy Wisner

At this point in my life as a parent (8.5 years!), I don't really think about my parenting choices, at least not in the way I used to when my first child was a baby. It basically works, and if it doesn't, I'm too tired to question it.

12 Things You Took For Granted When You Were Younger

Unwritten | Posted 05.15.2015 | Women
Unwritten

Remember getting praised for small victories? Think about the fact that at one point, someone actually congratulated you for going to the bathroom and finishing all your dinner.

Don't Leave Out These Women On Mother's Day

Melissa Carter | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Melissa Carter

"Mother's Intuition kicked in," Heather told me, "and I said we're going to the children's hospital and won't leave without answers. Something's going on."

17 Mother's Day Vows to My Child

Lisa Marie Wilson | Posted 05.07.2015 | Parents
Lisa Marie Wilson

My mother taught me how to be the best me, so I continue the cycle to teach my child how to be the best that she can be. To all the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and friends who help raise each other up to be the best we can be, I salute you and thank you for the vows you took to your child and loved ones.