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All Hallows Eve...The End Is Near

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 10.30.2015 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

I've been informed it's over -- my brood's love affair with trick-or-treating, that is. I knew it would happen eventually. I just wasn't expecting it to happen now, seemingly minutes before Halloween. It's possible I'll need weeks of therapy in order to cope with such tragic news. Please send candy.

Repurposing Our Pain

Amy Crumpton | Posted 09.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Crumpton

photo at by Mathieu Nicolet My ten year-old came to the car with his toes only half in his tennis shoes and his foot hanging off the ba...


Emily K. Genser | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Emily K. Genser

She is 5 and she has already realized that in this world, it is easier to look the same. I teach high school girls. I know high school girls. For God's sake, I was a high school girl. Insecurity is a rite of passage

Motherhood is 1,000 Tiny Break Ups

Mary Katherine Backstrom | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Mary Katherine Backstrom

I saw my son shooing me away from the bus stop. "Mom, I know where to go. Can you just wait here today?"

Mr. And Mrs. Seaver From 'Growing Pains' Considered Dating In Real Life

HuffPost Live | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 05.06.2015 | Fifty

Alan Thicke calls his "Growing Pains" co-star Joanna Kerns, "one of my great wives," but the leading lady only got the chance to fill that role onscre...

8 Things I Wish I Could Tell My '80s 8th Grade Self

Lori Ferraro | Posted 05.06.2015 | Women
Lori Ferraro

If he won't hold your hand, acknowledge you in the halls or even look at you at school, but he likes to make out with you after school in the orange grove... he's probably not that into you.

The Swan Song of School

Melinda Wentzel | Posted 06.23.2015 | Parents
Melinda Wentzel

Part of me completely loathes the end-of-school-year insanity -- especially the frenetic pace at which we parents must perform. We dutifully ferry our charges hither and yon without complaint, cram our schedules with more events than it is humanly possible to attend.

On Being OK With Putting My Supermom Cape Away

Melissa Chapman | Posted 03.31.2015 | Parents
Melissa Chapman

This year, I got thrown a curve ball. My daughter found herself in the midst of a social situation that Supermom could not swoop in and fix.

On The Night Before Your First Middle School Dance

Dana Talusani | Posted 01.10.2015 | Parents
Dana Talusani

I wish for that boy who approaches, biting his lip and gazing down at the floor. I wish for that hopeful flicker in your eyes, the way you can't help but smile at the ground at the sight of him. I wish for your satin curls to greet his shoulder, shy and soft.

10 Ways To Feel Less Like A Grown-Up

Jen Glantz | Posted 12.14.2014 | Women
Jen Glantz

Three years ago, when the clubs shut down at 4 a.m., I was sad -- why did the deafening beats and the dance moves have to end at 4 a.m.? Why, why, why? Now, when (if) I go out, I'm starting to plot my exit strategy before the clock strikes Cinderella's curfew.

30 Things That Will (Probably) Happen In Your 30s

Wendy Atterberry | Posted 10.07.2014 | Women
Wendy Atterberry

In September, I'll turn 38. I'm at the age now where, when people ask how old I am, it takes me a minute to remember. I don't know if that's because I've already been 37 different ages and it's hard to keep straight which one I am now, or if it's because I'm in denial.

10 Signs We're Out of Our 20s

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 06.23.2014 | Women
Tinatin Japaridze

Maybe at 20 you still take the very notion of a lifelong friendship for granted. A grand statement that is meaningless when you're barely out of your teens. But now, a few years later, we seem to know better.

30 Reasons To Embrace 30

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 05.14.2014 | Women
Tinatin Japaridze

I recently celebrated my 30th birthday. Instead of dwelling on the potential downsides of turning the Big 3-0, I made a conscious decision to do the opposite.

What I Love About Growing Older

Janie Emaus | Posted 05.07.2014 | Fifty
Janie Emaus

There's no way around it. As we grow older, things change. Gravity brings our breasts closer to our belly buttons. We develop under arm flab, which is mentally painful to look at, although not physically painful, unless it gets caught in a button.

Where Did Our 'Friends' Go?

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 11.14.2013 | Travel

You're not the only one who's wished you were actually friends with Rachel and Ross. Our favorite TV figures from the 90s (and early 2000s, in some ca...

'Growing Pains' Star Shares Adorable Love Story

Posted 09.13.2013 | Weddings

"Growing Pains" star Kirk Cameron has a great love story. So great, he says he "can't [even] believe it's true." In an interview with "Entertainmen...

'Cousin Oliver' Round-Up: 9 of TV's Inexplicably Added Children | Posted 10.22.2013 | Comedy

In The Brady Bunch's fifth and final season, all of the Brady kids were looking a little long in the tooth. As a last-minute gambit to salvage the show, eight-year-old Cousin Oliver joined the family, and oh, the hijinks and hilarity that ensued.

PHOTO: What Does This Former 'Growing Pains' Actress Look Like Now?

Posted 06.07.2013 | Celebrity

Once upon a time, she was a pint-size toddler called Chrissy Seaver on the TV show "Growing Pains." Now, Ashley Johnson is a 29-year-old actress in th...

Is It Growing Pains Or Restless Legs Syndrome?

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 07.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

In general, restless legs syndrome (RLS) is not described as a painful condition. Rather it is often referred to as a "creepy-crawly" sensation, achiness, "unscratchable itch," "unpleasant tickle," "feeling of unrest," or "ants in the pants."

A Change In Perspective: How Adversity Adds Meaning To Life

Polly Campbell | Posted 03.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Polly Campbell

We are not passionate about things that are easy. We are not engaged wholly by the things we have all the answers to. We are driven by our passions in part because we haven't quite mastered them.

How To Turn 40 Without Freaking Out

Claudia Zelevansky | Posted 03.05.2013 | Women
Claudia Zelevansky

I want to be that person for whom this looming event has no meaning. I met someone like that yesterday, but instead of absorbing her wisdom, all I could think was that she was a big, fat (tall, skinny) liar in very high-end gym clothes. I almost hissed.

Growing Pains From the Sidelines

Janell Burley Hofmann | Posted 07.22.2012 | Parents
Janell Burley Hofmann

The humbling tumble from the world of boyhood to confused, chaotic adolescence is upon us. And I am sick over it.

An Open Letter to Kirk Cameron

Nico Lang | Posted 05.09.2012 | Chicago
Nico Lang

Because you were someone who -- on TV, at least -- stuck up for people who were bullied, it pains me to see what's become of you.

Carnie Wilson And Tracey Gold On 'Celebrity Wife Swap'

Posted 01.03.2012 | TV

The first installment of ABC's newly revamped "Celebrity Wife Swap" (Mon., 10 p.m. EST on ABC) was certainly an eye-opening and interesting experience...

It Took a Village: Nature, Nurture and Pop Culture

Robyn Okrant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Robyn Okrant

My ascent into womanhood was guided by my parents, influenced by my community, and shaped by Mrs. Keaton, Mrs. Huxtable, and Mrs. Seaver. Ok, yes, the...