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The Lesson I've Never Mastered -- But My Daughter Should

Brenna Jennings | Posted 08.23.2013 | Parents
Brenna Jennings

My girl is insulated right now, but I see the hierarchies starting already, the BFFs forming. What if we can raise a kid to be herself and do her own thing, and to not be hurt by the judgement of others?

Neglected Friendships: What Happens When It's Too Late To Reconnect

Robin Hoffman | Posted 08.22.2013 | Fifty
Robin Hoffman

After seeing a Facebook photo of Carmina and her best friend Patty last month, I realized something was wrong. The comments below the picture read 'BFF's before there were BFF's' and 'Very significant photo.' I sent questions to her FB friends. The funeral was the next morning.

5 Questions To Ask Before Ending A Friendship

Shasta Nelson, M.Div. | Posted 08.21.2013 | Women
Shasta Nelson, M.Div.

Very few people are actually "toxic" (a word thrown around way too easily these days!), but that is not to say that the friendship you co-created with someone might not be meeting your needs anymore.

8 Problems with Teens and Social Media

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 08.20.2013 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I am concerned that our teens are losing out on the ability to learn about and read social cues. They cannot learn to read non-verbal behavior properly if most of their interacting goes on in the virtual world.

The Many Faces of Judgment

Dr. Debbie Magids | Posted 08.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Debbie Magids

I've always believed that I am one of the least judgmental people to exist on this planet; I'd swear to it in a court of law. But alas, during a day at the beach last week with my best friends and their significant others, I saw myself in a different light.

Horror in the Guest Room

Jeanne Martinet | Posted 08.12.2013 | Style
Jeanne Martinet

When my hostess wanted to know if I would mind sharing a room, I just assumed she meant with another human. "Be careful not to get too close to the b...

Why Guy Friends Are So Special

Suzanne Braun Levine | Posted 06.14.2013 | Fifty
Suzanne Braun Levine

I've been writing a lot about my own girlfriends lately in connection with my new e-book -- You Gotta Have Girlfriends: A Post-fifty Posse is Good for Your Health -- and each time I sit down to describe my 'circle of trust' I wonder what to do with my lifelong guyfriend Nick. Our friendship is as profound and historic as any I have with a woman, but it is also different.

The Friendships That End After Your Big Day | Posted 06.12.2013 | Weddings

Last night I was showing my daughter our wedding album, and I saw a ghost. There, grinning at me back at me from July 20, 1997, was a face that had on...

Friendships' Immense Importance: An Interview With Friendfluence Author Carlin Flora

Andrea Bonior | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Andrea Bonior

Many people view friendship as a happy but relatively superficial part of life: the cherry on top of the sundae rather than the sundae itself. But in her new book Friendfluence, Carlin Flora explores just how much influence friends can have.

What I Know About Enemies Now That I'm 60

Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.12.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Enemies, depending on the degree to which you empower them, can rule -- and ruin -- your life. They make your kid not want to play on the soccer team anymore. They make your mother want to skip the dining room and eat in her room at the assisted living place. They make you dread going to office meetings where they seem intent on undermining everything you say.

My Son is Losing Friends Because He's a Know-It-All!

Susan Stiffelman | Posted 08.11.2013 | Parents
Susan Stiffelman

Quite often, a child who tries to one-up others has learned the behavior from someone he or she looks up to.

How to Announce Your (Fifth!) Pregnancy... When Your Friends Are Still Trying for One

Jordana Horn | Posted 08.11.2013 | Parents
Jordana Horn

Announcing my pregnancy with my fifth child seems almost unseemly. It seems gluttonous, like I've helped myself to way more than I'm entitled to of life's "happiness buffet."

What My Friend Said To Me That Has My Mind Spinning

Laura Munson | Posted 08.11.2013 | Fifty
Laura Munson

It's 3:00 in the morning and for some reason I can't sleep. That never happens to me. There is so much going on in my mind that I just have to write it out and then hopefully get back to bed. A friend said something to me yesterday that has my mind spinning.

Why Friends Are The Secret To Staying Young

Posted 03.19.2015 | OWN

By Meg Wolitzer It's my 53rd birthday, and M is on the phone, speaking in the voice of a persnickety old woman. "What do you know, it's your ...

Willie: New York City, July 12, 2012

Robert G. Zuckerman | Posted 08.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert G. Zuckerman

Willie nods his head and then says: "Yeah Robert, people make mistakes... that's why pencils have erasers!"

WATCH: 6 Types Of People You Should Never Confide In

OWN | Posted 06.06.2013 | OWN

Shame and vulnerability researcher Dr. Brené Brown is a big proponent of allowing yourself to open up and be vulnerable. But even this candid public ...

Tristan Prettyman -- Musician, Writer, Woman: Part Two

Maria Burnham | Posted 08.05.2013 | Arts
Maria Burnham

A few weeks back I posted a blog about singer-songwriter Tristan Prettyman. Not only is she a talented writer and musician, but she is also a growing woman who has embraced love, heartbreak, and life, and she is not afraid to share her experiences with those around her.

Leaving Unloving Lovers and Unfriendly Friends

Jeanne Safer, Ph.D. | Posted 08.05.2013 | Women
Jeanne Safer, Ph.D.

Out of the blue, the woman who had once been my closest friend and confidante left me a message that she was in the hospital. We hadn't spoken in two years. I decided, after days of deliberation, not to call her back. It was one of the hardest, and smartest, things I've ever done.

7 Ways To Impress People In 60 Seconds Or Less

Shelley Emling | Posted 08.05.2013 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

No matter what income level they've achieved, some people still don't have a clue as to how to draw others to them. They don't know what to say to put others at ease or how to act in order to electrify a room. But by the time you reach 50, you should know a thing or two about how to impress those around you.

Islam and Intolerance in America

T.A. Ridout | Posted 08.04.2013 | Politics
T.A. Ridout

My Muslim friends are some of the best people I know. I don't normally think about their religion because no one has made a coherent argument as to why I should care. But when there are spikes of anti-Muslim sentiment in this country, I am reminded of the Islamophobia they deal with every day.

Straight Allies, White Anti-Racists, Male Feminists (and Other Labels That Mean Nothing to Me)

Spectra | Posted 08.03.2013 | Black Voices

Screw the definitions; let's experience the ideas and world views through the relationships we build with people. Let's commit to living in principle, and remain mindful of the core values that help us navigate our lives in the gray.

Tips For Traveling With Friends, From Dr. Irene Levine (WATCH)

Posted 08.13.2013 | MarloThomas

Girlfriend getaways can be absolutely wonderful -- but they can also be challenging. When friendship expert Dr. Irene Levine joined me on Mondays With...

The Difference Between Male And Female Friendships, From Dr. Irene Levine (WATCH)

Posted 08.13.2013 | MarloThomas

Friendship expert Dr. Irene Levine spoke about the fascinating differences between male and female friendships when she joined me on Mondays With Marl...

When Your Friend Is Too Clingy, From Dr. Irene Levine (WATCH)

Posted 08.13.2013 | MarloThomas

If you've got a friend who just won't give you space, it may be time to take a step back from your relationship. Friendship expert Dr. Irene Levine we...

Dr. Irene Levine With Marlo Thomas (WATCH)

Posted 08.13.2013 | MarloThomas

Friendships can be such a rewarding part of our lives -- our friends provide comfort, encouragement, companionship and so much more. Some friendships ...