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Children Growing Up

One Last Bedtime Story

Perry Block | Posted 11.02.2014 | Fifty
Perry Block

My son Brandon was 19 years old on April 25, 2014. I'm proud that he is turning into a happy, healthy, and intelligent young man with a wide variety of interests and a well-adjusted and positive outlook on life and the future. Just one thing. Why the hell can't he still be 6?

How I Learned It's Not Easy Being the Youngest Child

Kathy Radigan | Posted 09.28.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I always figured the role of youngest child was pretty cushy. Your older siblings broke your parents in, and you reaped the wisdom of their mistakes. Sounded like the perfect family position. Now that I'm a mother to a youngest child, I see it a little differently.

11 New Parenting 'Lasts' That Will Make You Cry

Galit Breen | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Galit Breen

When our babies are little, there are so many lasts that people warn us about. We're on alert for the last time they pronounce that one word in that sweet, incorrect way. The last time they toddle. But as my girls get older, I realize that I'm entering a whole new round of lasts.

To My Son on His 21st Birthday

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 07.29.2013 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

You don't need us as much anymore. You told your father this year, "I finally realized I don't have to tell you and mom everything," and I knew we had done our job.

Breaking the Webs of My Weaving

Maria Rodale | Posted 06.12.2013 | Parents
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger On this doorstep I stand, year after year and watch you going and think: May you not skin you...

Wishing My Kids Were Little (Temporarily)

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 12.12.2012 | Parents
Jennifer Cullen

I get it. I have parents too. And, many years ago, I was also a teenager. So I'm fine with that. But if she ever wanted to hold my hand, I would let her.

Toys Will Be Toys: What My Son's Puffalump Taught Me About Parenthood

Lisa Belkin | Posted 11.12.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

Something precious can be lost, he had learned, and the knowledge itself was the loss of something precious.

The Parenting Moments I Can't Remember

Devon Corneal | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Devon Corneal

I just now understand that in anticipating my son's "firsts," I've forgotten to appreciate what he's left behind.

From Pram to Prom, A Father Looks Back And Gasps

Jim Higley | Posted 07.04.2012 | Parents
Jim Higley

In the proverbial blink of an eye, 18 years had zoomed by since I stood gazing at this unfamiliar object in the hospital nursery. That little seven-pound bundle grew up. Nicely.

Letting Go Of My Son, And Getting Him Back Again

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.17.2012 | Parents
Lisa Belkin

The 21st birthday that seemed impossibly distant back then is now here -- and with its arrival comes my realization that I have been planning for it before you and I had even met.

The Loneliness of Living Long Enough to Be Lonely

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 10.15.2011 | Healthy Living
Lorraine Devon Wilke

I remember the moment I truly understood my mother, a woman I couldn't understand for the life of me ... I saw her loneliness that day. I saw it because, for the first time, I felt glimmers of it in my own life.

Learning to Parent a Young Adult

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Stiffelman

We don't hear enough about how magical it is to watch that tiny being blossom into the extraordinary person that was curled up inside, waiting to unfold in all its glory.