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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.

A Young Diahann Carroll's 'Shocking' Racist Encounter On A Train In D.C.

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 08.21.2015 | OWN

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I Was Never A Fatherless Child

Quincy LeNear Gossfield | Posted 08.20.2015 | Black Voices
Quincy LeNear Gossfield

I've never lacked fathers or father figures. What matters are those great father figures who loved us, taught us, cared for us, protected us, and helped shape us into the men and women we become.

Summertime Blues and the Working Mom

40 Percent and Rising | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
40 Percent and Rising

Summertime is supposed to be about slip-and-slides, pool parties and popsicles melting on tiny tongues. We all want our kids to have great summer memories, just like we did. For working moms, however, summertime can be a nightmare.

What It Was Like To Grow Up In Paris In The 1920s

Dr. Natasha Josefowitz | Posted 08.17.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Natasha Josefowitz

When my grandmother called my father to say that a redheaded girl had been born, he just hung up, disappointed. He had hoped for a boy. My mother called me Natasha after her favorite character in Tolstoy's 'War and Peace.'

The Lost Art of Kindness: Cyberbullying, an Ever-Growing Issue

Alicia Cook | Posted 08.12.2015 | Technology
Alicia Cook

When I attended elementary, middle and high school, things were different. There was no real anonymity. I knew which classmates wanted to humiliate me. I sat next to them in class. They would sign their actual names on their mean notes to me in between periods.

6 Reasons '80s Childhoods Weren't As Great As We Think

Mandy Waysman | Posted 08.10.2015 | Parents
Mandy Waysman

All right, so maybe if you got past the attacking trees, snakes, arctic swim lessons and broken bones, it wasn't that bad. But some great thing all parents should add to their childrearing arsenals today? I don't think so.

The 13 Key Benefits of Early Childhood Education:
A Teacher's Perspective

Vicki Palmer | Posted 08.06.2015 | Parents
Vicki Palmer

When children are young, they are learning sponges. Every new experience, every word they learn, every behavior they adopt, is an investment in a more fruitful future.

4 Reasons Why the 90s Are Making a Comeback

Unwritten | Posted 08.07.2015 | 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.