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Coming of Age

Our Kids Get Too Many Trophies

Jimmy Dunne | Posted 08.17.2015 | Parents
Jimmy Dunne

I was at a recent town park board meeting -- where a few folks brought up that maybe it's time to pull back on the gazillion trophies given out for every park league sporting event. We kicked around how kids are being weaned to expect to bring home some "hardware" just for showing up.

10 Fabulous Books To Read With Your Kids This Summer

Lori Day | Posted 07.13.2015 | Parents
Lori Day

Sharing books with my child helped me understand her world, and opened up crucial lines of communication when she was in elementary school that remained open throughout her tween and teen years, and to this very day.

Feminism and Its PR Problem

Annie Grayer | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Annie Grayer

My mother's generation, propelled by the scars of my grandmother's generation, raised their daughters to feel like they could do anything. I'm starting to believe that girls my age misconstrued anything to mean everything.

Talkin' Bout My Generation

Beth Diane Bradley | Posted 06.15.2015 | Fifty
Beth Diane Bradley

Accidents happen. I know this for a fact because I am one. Meaning my existence was not planned, at least not by my parents. My family not only had the normal generation gap between parents and children, but we had a second one of 12 years between my siblings and me.

Finally Swimming in a Sea of Truth: After Super Bowl XLIX, I Realize That I Am a Left Shark

Ravishly | Posted 04.08.2015 | Comedy
Ravishly

You know what, though? I am no black sheep. I am no failure. I thought I had been living my life wrong; that I was inept. And, yes, compared to your fast-moving, perfectly timed Right Shark, it may appear that I have no goddamn clue what is going on.

About a Boy

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 03.29.2015 | Parents
Stephen Gray Wallace

Children and teenagers know about sex, think about sex and act on their biological and psychological urges to try it -- or to at least imagine trying it.

Firsts

Fredrica Duke | Posted 02.01.2015 | Style
Fredrica Duke

Everyone had pimples. I didn't. Everyone had her period. I didn't. I never realized the two were hormonally related. Then, one day at 15, there it was, my "monthly friend." Aunt Flo.

Letter to My 13-Year-Old Self

Diriye Osman | Posted 12.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

Someday you will stop crying in your sleep. Someday you will have your own home, and you will draw fashion illustrations on the walls and the kitchen cupboards to remind you of your 13-year-old self. Someday you will walk down the street with a sense of achievement and self-contained confidence.

The Brain On 23

Molly Sprayregen | Posted 12.27.2014 | College
Molly Sprayregen

We are the 23-year-olds. We are the ones squirming in our chairs at the office because we still feel awkward in our grown-up clothes. We strut through city streets with eyes cast toward our screens, desperately seeking any source that will tell us the decisions we've made are valid.

Finding Home

Jennifer Langione | Posted 12.21.2014 | New York
Jennifer Langione

As you compare yourself to your peers who fled the nest as soon as they flung their graduation caps into the air, remind yourself that you're not behind--you're simply paving your own way home.

10 Coming-Of-Age Novels Every Adult Needs To Read

Anne Valente | Posted 12.03.2014 | Books
Anne Valente

Because nearly half of the stories in my debut collection, By Light We Knew Our Names (Dzanc Books, $14.95), are told from the perspective of adolesce...

'Writing Is How I Leave My Family And How I Take Them With Me'

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 09.19.2014 | Latino Voices

Daisy Hernández's new memoir, A Cup Of Water Under My Bed, is full of sentences that linger with you long after you've finished reading -- the kind o...

How a Young Boy Knows He's Gay

Randy Eddy-McCain | Posted 10.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Randy Eddy-McCain

As I reflect on that innocent horseback ride with Paul, I see it now as a time when my natural, God-given sexuality was beginning to take shape. I cherish the memory of that time with my young friend. Unfortunately I was robbed of the joy of being able to celebrate my coming of age.

Girl Power!

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 09.16.2014 | Education
Ann V. Klotz

As the Head of a school that encourages girls to Dream, Dare, Do; that promotes growth mindset and risk-taking; that knows how girls learn, think and feel; that uses research to inform best practice, I struggle with how not to insist that men and women with the same qualifications be paid equally for the same work.

At What Point Did You Stop Thinking of Yourself as a Girl and Consider Yourself a Woman?

Quora | Posted 08.26.2014 | Women
Quora

I still treasure those delicious memories of my mother, but my definition of what a woman is has metamorphosed from pearls and heels and No. 5 to something much more complex and real.

Momma Was a Bad Mutha... 'Shut Yo Mouth'

Monique Ruffin | Posted 08.09.2014 | Los Angeles
Monique Ruffin

Momma Was A Bad Mutha... "Shut Yo Mouth" , a one woman show written and performed by Fee King, directed by Sammie Wayne IV tells a universal comin...

Yagana Shah

11 Powerful Song Lyrics That Changed Our Lives Forever

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.08.2014 | Fifty

Whether it's an upbeat track that makes you want to get up and dance or a heartfelt ballad that brings a tear to your eye, there's no doubt that music...

28 Things I Want Girls to Know...

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 08.02.2014 | Education
Ann V. Klotz

I want all girls to know that knowing how to restore themselves, how to take the time to do things that bring joy, solace -- reading for pleasure, yoga, knitting, baking, running, taking a bubble bath -- is time well spent.

It's Raining Mennonites

Holly Richmond | Posted 08.02.2014 | Religion
Holly Richmond

Question: How does a Good Girl with 17 years of Christian-school honor roll turn into a pot-smoking, godless queer feminist? Answer: Live with Mennonites for a year.

7 Tips for Young Women From a Flight Attendant

Sara Keagle | Posted 07.13.2014 | Women
Sara Keagle

Being adventurous and being stupid is not the same thing. Have fun, travel and get lost in the world, but do it in a safe way. If possible have a travel companion. Make sure people know where you are, always carry a cell phone with you and read up on places before you go.

Periods, Puberty and 'The Letter': Mom's Life Lessons

Caurie Putnam | Posted 07.06.2014 | Parents
Caurie Putnam

Last week my 10-year-old son brought home from school "the letter." You know the letter -- the one that makes every pre-pubescent mom's heart miss a beat and wistfully wonder where the past decade has gone?

Pulling Myself Out Of 'Teenager Limbo'

Morgan Hegarty | Posted 06.20.2014 | Teen
Morgan Hegarty

Being a teenager has been my life for the last six years and I lost myself in the Neverland that is the teenage years. Then I realized, I'm becoming an adult and there's no Peter Pan to save me.

What's The Point Of High School, Anyway?

Sanah Imran | Posted 06.16.2014 | Teen
Sanah Imran

Well, not really. I'm still a senior in high school, but I have finally gotten off the roller coaster of applying to college that I boarded as an apprehensive, but ambitious, junior. But, having finished this process, I find that I have more questions than answers.

18 Things I've Learned Before Turning 18

Hannah Strohmeier | Posted 06.03.2014 | Teen
Hannah Strohmeier

As my 18th birthday is quickly approaching, I have compiled a list of, what I consider to be, pretty valuable lessons. Here are 18 things I have figured out before I reach this milestone that is important to every teenager.

The Top 5 Coming-Of-Age TV Shows

Leo Sheng | Posted 05.25.2014 | Teen
Leo Sheng

Growing up, I had no idea what "coming of age" meant for one main reason: I never asked. Now, I understand it to describe the topics of young adulthood: self-confidence, friendships, relationships, peer pressure, sexuality and other forms of self-identification.