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Growing Up

25 Things Every Independent Woman Needs To Get Rid Of Before Turning 25

Maya Kachroo-Levine | Posted 07.02.2015 | Women
Maya Kachroo-Levine

You no longer have time for obligatory meet-ups with friends who weren't there for you when you needed them. You don't have to keep up with every friendship -- especially the ones where you constantly put in effort and get nothing in return.

More Than a Feeling: The Importance (and Necessity) of Pixar's Inside Out

Alaina Baker | Posted 07.01.2015 | Entertainment
Alaina Baker

Inside Out is an extraordinary creation that is both heart-wrenching and so very real; if you see one movie this summer, let it be this.

The Car Keys

Krista Barth | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Krista Barth

My eldest son learned to drive in a town where most people have "driven" long before they are allowed or can even see over the dashboard. They have driven tractors, four wheelers and pick up trucks down long gravel roads without names.

Why Parent-Child 'Date Nights' Are So Important

Mommy Nearest | Posted 06.26.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

At first, since we're always so focused on creating this important family time, we questioned ourselves. Is it okay to give up that togetherness and branch off? The answer was a huge "yes," and here's why.

Hair and Boobs: What I Know for Sure at 39

Zsofi McMullin | Posted 06.24.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Zsofi McMullin

On the morning of my 39th birthday, I was grateful for two things: my hair and my boobs. There were other things too, of course -- the way my son bur...

Wearing a Back Brace to Bed Shaped More Than My Bones

Van Winkle's | Posted 06.24.2015 | Women
Van Winkle's

There's an old adage about the adaptability of kids: They'll consume anything if you feed it to them early enough. My early adopted skill was less practical than most.

Googling With a Twenty Something

Chrissy Scaffidi-Williams | Posted 06.24.2015 | Comedy
Chrissy Scaffidi-Williams

A twenty-something is by no means old, but those of us who have passed over the 25 hump may have noticed a few changes-both physically by our metabolism slowing (and froyo consumption on the rise), and mentally- the things we worry about, the questions we have, etc.

The 3 Biggest Things I Wish I Didn't Stress Over In High School

Opal Vadhan | Posted 06.24.2015 | Teen
Opal Vadhan

Even though I loved high school, I wouldn't go back and do it again. Don't get me wrong -- I had a lot of great times and great memories, but there were also many days I spent stressing over the littlest things.

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.

A Life in Furniture

Lisa Page Rosenberg | Posted 06.10.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Lisa Page Rosenberg

At 20 years old, I bought my first piece of furniture. I used my rent money to buy a beautiful antique armoire. I fell in love with the graceful, de...

The Grief In Growing Up

Catherine Naja | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Catherine Naja

It's natural. It's good. It's the process of life. But for a moment, when the Band-Aid starts to rip, it feels a lot like grief.

Farewell to the School Playground

Gina Maier | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Gina Maier

As the school year comes to a close, I find myself already mourning the imminent loss of one of my daily highlights: Pick up. What I will miss is the "theatre" that plays out for me within the microcosm that is my children's school playground.

Most Of My Friends Have 'Evolved,' But I Feel Like I Haven't

Valeria Laura Rigo | Posted 06.08.2015 | Teen
Valeria Laura Rigo

I can't leave the country on my own or drink alcohol. My parents take me to school every day, which I am one year away from finishing. Now, maybe you are thinking to yourselves "Those must be the best years of your life" and "You have your whole life ahead of you," but truth is, I'm not so sure I do anymore.

Lies My Father Never Told Me

Michael Cerveris | Posted 06.03.2015 | Arts
Michael Cerveris

For much of the past two years, I have been wearing someone else's hair and pretending to be someone else's father. When you find yourself often playing the odd, the weird, the outsiders, you discover the additional advantage that age is a much more malleable thing.

How Being Tall As a Child Impacted Me

Alexandra Allam | Posted 06.02.2015 | Women
Alexandra Allam

When you're a tall girl growing up, you don't get to be the tall guy's shoulder-rest. You miss out on being the one chosen to practice séances on at sleepovers. You can't fit into good niches in hide-and-go-seek.

Musical Chairs, Scarcity Mentality and Choosing to Give Up Our Chairs for More

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 06.02.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kay Tacke Morse

Barbie's younger sister, Skipper, was sporty and sweet to her old sister's sexy and glamorous. I gleefully unwrapped the red bikini-wearing younger si...

Car Crazy in Havana

Robert Levithan | Posted 06.01.2015 | Gay Voices
Robert Levithan

Forgiveness requires an acceptance that the past is over. Only then can we move forward living a present that can create a new future. I have hopes that the Cuban dilemma can slowly heal and that ending the blockade will allow Cuba to prosper in a new way.

Why Growing Up Means Failing, Learning, and Moving On

Unwritten | Posted 05.26.2015 | Women
Unwritten

Part of growing up is learning that maybe all your dreams won't come true, no matter how hard you work or how much you want them. And an even bigger part of growing up is learning to accept this, move past it -- and, ultimately, find something new to immerse yourself in.

Dear Caroline, What They're Really Asking.

Yolanda Reid Chassiakos | Posted 05.26.2015 | Education
Yolanda Reid Chassiakos

We were all young once. And, frankly, we Boomers were darned lucky; lucky to have had the personal, social, and economic opportunities provided to us by a nation at its peak.

I Suppose I'd Call Myself an Adult

Stephanie Harper | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Harper

All joking aside, I'd say that I spend an exceptional amount of time thinking about what it means to be an adult. At 26, I wrestle with this notion constantly, sometimes what feels like every moment of every day.

I'm Scared (But Excited) to Go to College

Julia Schemmer | Posted 05.19.2015 | Teen
Julia Schemmer

I want to experience joy and heartbreak and first times and new adventures. I want to fill my scrapbook with people I love, places I went and things I did. I want to live fully, sucking up every bit of life that I'm given.

Help, I Can't Adult Today

Jonathan Savitt | Posted 05.18.2015 | Comedy
Jonathan Savitt

Adulthood is just as much a part of life as having a Dave Matthews phase. The days of strict curfews are long gone and no one can tell you not to spend a whole day watching "Lizzie McGuire" reruns -- life is good.

Graduates, Take Your Time

Angela Keck | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Angela Keck

I have so many things I still need to teach you about how to be the amazing person I know you can be. You're already becoming her, and watching you turn into that woman you'll soon be each and every day has been the highlight of my life for the last 18 years.

12 Things You Took For Granted When You Were Younger

Unwritten | Posted 05.15.2015 | Women
Unwritten

Remember getting praised for small victories? Think about the fact that at one point, someone actually congratulated you for going to the bathroom and finishing all your dinner.

Don't Grow Up, Grow Beautifully

Kate Russell | Posted 05.15.2015 | Parents
Kate Russell

I picked up the piece of paper as tears started to sting my eyes. Those letters were proof that my baby is growing up. I looked at her, my strong, spirited, joyful girl and said, bursting with pride, "When did you learn to write?"