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The Boy Who Dared to Be Great

Richard Paul Evans | Posted 11.24.2015 | Impact
Richard Paul Evans

I had a somewhat traumatic childhood, but 1970, the year I turned eight, was especially difficult. A Tsunami of misfortune hit my family. My father lost his job and couldn't find work and my mother began to exhibit the first signs of severe depression.

The Impact of Childhood

David Wygant | Posted 11.24.2015 | Politics
David Wygant

As I sat and watched the ISIS bombings in Paris, and I see the threats on the United States and Paris and everywhere else - one thought comes to mind....

Drake: The Rapper We Deserve, But Not the Rapper We Need

Alexander Williams | Posted 11.24.2015 | Black Voices
Alexander Williams

This need to embody a tough and masculine character is a major problem among musicians like Drake, and adds to the amount of societal pressure for young Black men to fulfill damaging stereotypes.

11 Things That Will Make You Feel Like A Kid Again

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.24.2015 | Fifty

Being an adult can be tough. The older we get, the more responsibilities keep piling on. Having fun used to be a priority, but nowadays it seems like ...

I'm Grateful For Nothing

Jennifer Bosse | Posted 11.24.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Bosse

Nothing gave me a lot of Somethings. It gave me a deeper compassion for the human struggle. I understand poverty from the ground floor.

Living in the Present Moment

Martha Pasternack | Posted 11.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Martha Pasternack

At the end of this past September my husband and I were blessed by the opportunity to visit my childhood home-away-from-home. In the mid-1800s my grea...

A Trans Sisterhood

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 11.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

Throughout our lives, all I ever wanted was to be a big sister. As I was wheeled into my gender confirmation surgery, I took comfort in knowing that my family was there.

Just in Time

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.12.2015 | Parents
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Andeep Singh, documentarian and television and Web video producer It's 7:35 a.m. on Monday morning. My 4-year-old is lying on the ...

These Eerie Etchings Reflect the Surreal Nature of Childhood

The Huffington Post | Tricia Tongco | Posted 11.09.2015 | Arts

A girl with a lizard tail jumps into a field of giant raspberries. A toddler holds onto a bunch of string attached to a floating hippo. A child swing...

A Trans Daydream

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 11.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

A young girl wonders through her home, searching. She knows that it's here, somewhere. Walking into her parent's bedroom she sees it, shining, luminescent among the common cloth found in most closets. But this blue dress was special.

My Son Gave Me a Childhood

Danielle Campoamor | Posted 10.29.2015 | Parents
Danielle Campoamor

I didn't have the childhood so many wax nostalgic about. My first memory is of fear and anger and pain. My father was fuming, for reasons unknown, and chasing me down our stairs and out or backdoor.

Ghosts in the House

K. Ford K. | Posted 10.29.2015 | Impact
K. Ford K.

Our family home was for sale. The proud Victorian house with its gingerbread and fancy, eye-shaped windows was built high up on the mountainside and looked down over the mining town in the valley below. As I drove up the gravel road, I knew that this was to be my last visit.

The Lessons From My Father's Suicide

Sarah Holroyd | Posted 10.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Sarah Holroyd

Suicide is such a confusing thing to process when you are the one who is left behind. On Dec. 13, 2014, my dad killed himself. He took his own li...

Baseball, Crossword Puzzles, and an AM/FM Radio

Christine Organ | Posted 10.15.2015 | Parents
Christine Organ

Sometimes you don't really appreciate something - or someone - until decades later, when, instead of sitting in the stadium at the big game, you choose to listen to the game over crackly AM radio waves because it feels like childhood and simplicity. Because it feels like home.

How Education and The Library Saved My Life

Kevin Powell | Posted 10.15.2015 | Books
Kevin Powell

I want to be a writer. I had never before felt anything this sure. I did not dare share this decision with my mother, or my Aunt, or my cousin. Nor did I reveal this to my teachers or classmates or the boys in my 'hood. I did not want to be told that boys like me could not have such dreams.

The Road Less Traveled

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 10.14.2015 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

As I witness my own children this autumn, completely engrossed in the rapture of chasing, leaping and wildly grabbing fistfuls of sky in an attempt to cleanly snatch the leaves before they fall to the street, drunk with joy and seizing the moment, instantly I return to the place I loved as a child and to the delicious day I spent with my brother.

Hey Parents, This Too Shall Pass

Rachel Brehm | Posted 10.13.2015 | Parents
Rachel Brehm

This too shall pass. As a new mother, this phrase both helps me, and scares me. It helps me in the sense that when I am having a rough day I can remind myself that this is only temporary. Even though it feels like things will be this hard forever.

How to Keep Divorce Focused on the Needs of the Children

James McLaren | Posted 10.09.2015 | Divorce
James McLaren

Placing children first should be the primary goal of every divorce, but sometimes there is a real lack of guidance for parents who are trying to navigate this challenging experience. As a result, the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers has developed a helpful publication.

7 Lessons I Learned From My Childhood Pets

Erin Hinkle | Posted 10.08.2015 | Women
Erin Hinkle

For anyone who has ever loved and formed a bond with a pet, you understand the way they can make your heart swell with joy, or the comfort they give by sitting in your lap and letting you know they are your number one fan. Although they are no longer a part of my life, I have learned many things from two of my childhood pets.

Falling Snow, Bubbly Car Washes and Joy

Bridgette White | Posted 10.06.2015 | Parents
Bridgette White

It has been over 20 years since I heard those words, yet they still bring tears to my eyes. It was the moment I started to realize what being an adult meant. It was the moment I started to hear and care what others thought of me.

What Is Manhood Without A Father?

Kevin Powell | Posted 10.09.2015 | Books
Kevin Powell

One rainy day when I was eight years old, my mother told me to put on my clothes; we were going around the corner to the drugstore to call my father. My heart pumped with excitement--in sharp contrast with my mother's somber and resolute demeanor.

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...