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Growing Up Too Fast

Hurry Up, Rapunzel!

Mary Katherine Backstrom | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Mary Katherine Backstrom

As parents, we do our best to plan for memorable moments. To create and capture the perfect photo opps. We watch as the baby fat fades and the school years pass, and we want to make it all count. Every second. Every moment. But why are we trying so hard?

The Little Spoons

Molly Shalz | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Molly Shalz

I'll sure be glad when we're finally done with these things. Always getting caught in... But I stop myself mid-thought. Because I realize when we're finally done with them, it means we're really done.

What I Learned About Parenting at IKEA

Raluca State | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Raluca State

My kids ran into that playroom and straight for that ball pit. We stood by the window for a moment, watching quietly, a smile on our faces. Then we realized we only had an hour to shop in peace and were wasting it at that window. So we slowly walked away, shopping list in hand.

Sometimes I Just Miss My Daughter's Babyhood

Amber Nichols-Buckley | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
Amber Nichols-Buckley

I'm not tempted to have another baby, because that wouldn't solve the problem.I don't yearn for another child. I yearn for Jane, for Jane as a baby, the baby I miss sometimes.

Finding Stillness With My Toddler

Becky Tountas | Posted 03.24.2015 | Parents
Becky Tountas

There is no greater joy then seeing my daughter thrive. She grows week-to-week, day-to-day; this is what a parent wants. But there is a part of me that wishes I could hold her like I did when she was a tiny newborn. I want to slow things down, even just for a moment.

Cherishing Every Moment Is Hard

Jill Patir | Posted 12.28.2014 | Parents
Jill Patir

It's not that I don't whole-heartedly believe those statements, and I am sure before I know it, I'll have a teenager in high school, but the first thought that came to my mind was, cherishing every moment is hard.

Why My Kids Need to Watch More TV

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

For the duration of their little lives, my children have watched videos on Netflix and Amazon. They have never had to sit through TV commercials.

Stages, Hugs and Jelly Shoes

Alessandra Macaluso | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Alessandra Macaluso

Putting away the jellies of course feels like waving goodbye to summer, to warm weather, light clothes and celebrations of her first birthday and baptism. But the looming chore of putting the jellies away also reminds me of something that happened last year.

5 Telltale Signs It's the End of the School Year

Nancy Davis Kho | Posted 08.20.2014 | Parents
Nancy Davis Kho

Who needs the calendar or steady barrage of Father's Day shopping circulars to tell you it's June? These five phenomenon occur like clockwork when the waning days of the academic year are upon us.

About Time

Ombretta Di Dio | Posted 05.30.2014 | Women
Ombretta Di Dio

I don't know if I've actually grown older or if my mind is trying to quickly catch up with my body because it doesn't want to be left behind.

The Moments I Won't Stop Holding Onto

Zsofi McMullin | Posted 05.28.2014 | Parents
Zsofi McMullin

It's hard to imagine how many things can be lost and gained in just a few years.

A Dreaded Day

Rich Siegel | Posted 05.20.2014 | Parents
Rich Siegel

Truth is, I'd empty half the bank account -- not the whole thing, cause I don't want to end up in a dirty nursing home -- to relive any part of what is now just a memory.

The Best Way I Can Describe How Motherhood Feels

Jill Krause | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jill Krause

Remind me to "enjoy this time," and that the day I let go of them will be here all too soon. But then? Tell me how beautiful it is to watch them fly.

Hands of Time

Amanda Magee | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Amanda Magee

In the early days, I'd have a mug of coffee on one side of the keyboard, a manual breast pump on the other. I would get up at dawn, as it was the best time for pumping and writing. One activity sustained my girls; the other, me.

Parenting From the Stands: What It Feels Like to Have Adult Children

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

It's easy to lose perspective in the day-to-day chores and moments of parenting that what you are really doing isn't so much about childhood, or even about high school or college. What you are doing is getting someone ready to be an adult -- and to live a life that is theirs, not yours.

What I Want to Give My Children

Jessica Halepis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Jessica Halepis

I'm finally beginning to understand that one of my main priorities as a mother is to give my children a childhood, the childhood I felt I never really had.

A Public Apology to My Mom: You're Never a Bother

Lisa Cleary | Posted 10.16.2013 | Women
Lisa Cleary

I want you to know that I took our talk to heart and that you're never a bother. You know I love you, and what we have is still special. I just have to work on showing it a little more, and a little better.

What Happened to Little Girls?

Danielle Moodie-Mills | Posted 07.23.2013 | Black Voices
Danielle Moodie-Mills

If at 4 or 5 years old, you are getting a full weave to make you "cute," what will be your fix at 20? Nothing, it seems, is off-limits.

What Parents Of Little Kids Need To Admit To Themselves

Steve Wiens | Posted 09.06.2013 | Parents
Steve Wiens

There are many moments when I have no idea how I'm going to make it until their bedtime. The constant demands, the needs and the fighting are fingernails across the chalkboard every single day.

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.

They Grow Up So Fast! And That's Fine With Me

Mike Julianelle | Posted 06.22.2013 | Parents
Mike Julianelle

Parenthood just keeps getting harder and harder and I'm not sure how prepared I am for the James Dean portion of the gig. I have no doubt in my mind that when he's 16, I'll be dying for the days of Thomas the Tank Engine and his insipid brethren.

What Will Be Left When You Are Older?

Lisa Farnham and Ashley Taylor | Posted 06.18.2013 | Parents
Lisa Farnham and Ashley Taylor

If by age 9, my daughter already has a Kindle Fire, access to an iPad and has been to New York City twice and on and on, what is left for her to experience when she is older? Am I somehow setting her up for crushing disappointment?

Occupy Childhood, or How I Learned to Love the Moment

Whit Honea | Posted 06.12.2013 | Parents
Whit Honea

My sons take their seats, the motor kicks on and the swings start turning to the right in a soft, careful circle. It is their spotlight. It is as wide as a slow dance and twice as wild. Their hearts beat accordingly. They pass me by again and again. The only thing that changes is the calendar.

8 Things to Get You Through the Long Days of Parenting

Kim Siegal | Posted 06.06.2013 | Parents
Kim Siegal

You've stepped on one too many Legos. You've exhausted yourself trying to convince an illogical toddler to do something life sustaining, like eating. You've tried repeatedly and then failed to soothe a crying baby, a tantruming toddler or a neglected partner.

What I Realized When I Looked At An Old Family Picture

Claire McCarthy, M.D. | Posted 04.07.2013 | Parents
Claire McCarthy, M.D.

It can take moments like I had at that baptism to hit you up the side of the head and make you see that not only has time passed, but that you are wiser and better for it.