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Beating The Heat 70s Style

Tom Cramer | Posted 09.26.2013 | Fifty
Tom Cramer

I think the moms had a secret summer schedule: rotate the hosting house, sprinkler placement and Kool-Aid. That facilitated cool kids, happy dads and beautiful lawns.

The Future is Human

David Sim | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
David Sim

Perhaps the most surprising thing as I consider the Brave New World I live in today is that my adult life is much more timeless than even my childhood was in neat suburbia with car travel everywhere, supermarket shopping and instant meals.

Hitching the Patch: Cree Carny on Fights, Women & Childhood

Michael Sean Comerford | Posted 07.03.2013 | Travel
Michael Sean Comerford

Hitchhiking the Northern Rockies "Oil Patch" region yesterday, I was picked up by an old Cree Indian with carny stories of the bygone era of his youth.

16 Things That Taste Just Like Your Asian American Childhood

Foodbeast | Posted 07.10.2013 | Taste
Foodbeast

Nabisco? Hostess? Please, it's all about Lotte, Glico and Calbee.

The Best July 4th Memory

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 09.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Imagine we lived every day with such awareness. July 4th is one opportunity. What enduring memories will you create this year?

Is Your Child Ungifted?

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 08.27.2013 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

When Jay Leno asked Steve Carell how his kids were doing, he didn't seem too concerned: "I hate it when people talk about kids on talk shows. I hat...

The Death of Family Film

Adam Hamdy | Posted 06.27.2013 | Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

Perhaps the rise of terrorism, climate change, and the global financial collapse have caused some form of sociological damage that has turned us all into jaded cynics. Maybe we've stopped making movies that are full of wonder because we've stopped seeing the wonder in the world.

The Empire's Clothes

Susan D. Blum | Posted 08.26.2013 | College
Susan D. Blum

Somewhere, deep in the mists of the past, there may have once been a good reason for requiring testing. But that reason seems so far beside the point that it recedes invisibly.

The Game I Want to Quit

Christine Organ | Posted 08.26.2013 | Parents
Christine Organ

I want to enjoy swimming with my kids and proudly display photos of our family at the beach without worrying about whether I look three-months pregnant or if other people will notice my cellulite-covered thighs.

A Graduation Reflection

Bruce Kluger | Posted 08.19.2013 | Parents
Bruce Kluger

I recently got into a debate with a friend of mine over a remark I'd made, mostly in passing. "My kids are my life," I said.

What My Father and I Love to Share

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 08.14.2013 | Fifty
Helene Cohen Bludman

If I am my father's daughter, it is because we can lose ourselves, and find ourselves, in great literature.

What Are the Best Ages of Childhood?

Jeff Bogle | Posted 08.12.2013 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

I've not yet been the father of girls ages 8 and 11, or daughters 14 and 17. And I cannot pretend to know how stressful and/or fulfilling having college-aged kids will be. I can only know what I have known, and what I know allows me to declare 6 and 9 the greatest ages of childhood.

The Parental Balancing Act

Michael S. Broder, Ph.D. | Posted 08.04.2013 | Parents
Michael S. Broder, Ph.D.

By maintaining a balance between love and support with developmentally appropriate boundaries, children will grow up to be successful in navigating the world and accepting the realities that come with adulthood.

The Good Side of the Bad Boy

Brenda Della Casa | Posted 08.04.2013 | Style
Brenda Della Casa

I knew how hard his home life was and how badly he wanted to succeed but how limited he felt. This was the only way of life he knew and I was terrified that it would be the only one he would ever know.

In My Father's Garden

Jessica Keener | Posted 07.31.2013 | Women
Jessica Keener

He became someone else when he dug holes. I stood back and observed, offering an occasional nod and approving comment. Looks good, I might say.

Single Mom Stuck in the Suburbs

Erin Mantz | Posted 07.29.2013 | Parents
Erin Mantz

Being a single mom stuck in the suburbs can be hard. Happy, intact families are everywhere, holed up in their big houses and two-parent, tag-team bedtime routines, working on the garden or schlepping in the groceries.

Mother of the Graduate

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 07.24.2013 | Fifty
Sherri Kuhn

For some of us with younger kids (or grandkids), the tiny cap and gown of a preschool graduation is sweet and brings smiles. But when those little ones get bigger, start shaving and can eat their weight in hot dogs, those mom smiles at graduation can be laced with a tear (or two).

When Being Nice Just Doesn't Cut It Anymore

Jennifer Rosen | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rosen

How did I get to be such a doormat? When did I develop such a deep-rooted fear of offending others? What caused me to place other people's needs ahead of my own? What did I think would happen if (horror of horrors) I were to actually displease someone?

My Worst Parenting Decision

Wendy Bradford | Posted 07.17.2013 | Parents
Wendy Bradford

Whatever we imagine is going on without us, can go on without us. In fact, all things either continue, or will wait for us. There is never an extra moment with our children.

Life Lessons Learned From My Toddler

Toni Nagy | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Toni Nagy

Toddlerhood is a challenging stage. My daughter has the newfound ability to express her wants, needs and excessively irrational, endless, countless, infinite demands with words, yet lacks the decency to keep it to herself.

Why I Am Grateful to My Mother

Helene Cohen Bludman | Posted 07.09.2013 | Fifty
Helene Cohen Bludman

If I am like my mother, I am the person I always wanted to be. The greatest gift from my mother, the best mother in the world, was how to be a mother myself.

Do They Have a Hallmark Card for That?

Jamie Krug | Posted 07.07.2013 | Parents
Jamie Krug

What if motherhood puts an even greater distance between an already estranged mother-daughter relationship? What if it makes you feel even less connected to your mother, makes your understanding of her motives and choices during your childhood that much more elusive?

A Letter To My Very Last Baby

Allison Tate | Posted 07.02.2013 | Parents
Allison Tate

Be my baby -- not for long, and not forever, but for today -- and I promise that for this moment, I will be present and enjoy every single second of it.

What My Grandparents Taught Me About Divorce

Betty Goldstein | Posted 06.30.2013 | Divorce
Betty Goldstein

The first time I learned what divorce meant, I was seven and a half.

In This Economy, Better Make Your Penny Candy Work for You!

Lester & Charlie | Posted 06.30.2013 | Comedy
Lester & Charlie

Why is it that store-bought penny candy never gives you the same high when you're reintroduced to it as an adult? Is it because corporations keep finding cheaper ways to produce it, using lesser ingredients than they did back then? If so, how come it's still so darn expensive?