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Growing Up

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?"

Growing Up: The Hardest, Most Enjoyable Thing You Will Do

Robin Cassady | Posted 05.14.2015 | Women
Robin Cassady

When you're an adolescent, coming into your teen years sounds awesome. We wake up every morning pick out outfits based on how we feel that day, or consider the thought of grabbing the attention of a cute boy at school. Life is so easy for us then.

The Moment I Knew I Was an Adult

Teresa Lee | Posted 05.13.2015 | Women
Teresa Lee

Ultimately, I think being an adult isn't any one age or any one thing. It doesn't mean that you don't lean on other people when you fall. It just means that you count on yourself first and foremost and don't expect anyone else to clean up your mess for you.

5 Lessons I Want My Daughter to Learn from 'The Golden Girls'

Mommy Nearest | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

The Golden Girls shouldered each other's burdens and shared in each other's good times. It is funny, heartbreaking and beautiful to watch. I hope that my daughter is blessed with great friends with whom she can share both joy and sadness.

The Differences That Tie Us Together

Alexandra Allam | Posted 05.07.2015 | Women
Alexandra Allam

There has never been one moment where I thought of my sister as anything other than my sibling. Yes, we are not the same. We are nowhere close to being similar. We have different strengths and different weaknesses, but those are exactly what make us the best match in the world. Every day I am blessed to develop into a better person because of my sister.

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?"

My Thank You To Leslie

Brian Akers | Posted 05.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Brian Akers

Leslie was the kindest and most loving human being I've ever known. She was genuine in her interest in others and would do anything to support and encourage their success.

Raising Wonder

Karen Brett | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Karen Brett

She hasn't gone through the years that change little girls. The years that make girls doubt themselves and everything around them. She still has the gift of WONDER.

We're Both Still Growing Up

Jeff Bogle | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

It dawned on me, on this Tuesday, that we're both still growing up. That we never stop growing up, not really, whether we're 7, 11, 36, 39, or any number before, in between, or after.

Motherache

Monica Stevens-Kirby | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Monica Stevens-Kirby

Many of you are without a mother on this Mother's Day for varying reasons. Some of you are mothers without your children on this Mother's Day. But we are never without the need for a mother and mothering.

Please Let Go

Leslie Kendall Dye | Posted 04.29.2015 | Parents
Leslie Kendall Dye

A mother's touch extends not just from her fingers, but from her eyes and her words and -- at times -- from her own insecurities.

Today I Let Go, Tomorrow I Fly

Taylor Johnson | Posted 04.29.2015 | College
Taylor Johnson

Go lose your breath, be the reason so many people breath again, and keep your eyes wide open, because your life is seriously, most definitely, meant to change the world more than you could possibly imagine.

My Mother And The Touchstone She Gave Me

Kathy Radigan | Posted 04.28.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

When we moved, the rock went with us. I would see it in the new garden and take comfort that at least something was the same.

A Lesson Learned From A Playground Slide

Lauren Cormier | Posted 04.29.2015 | Parents
Lauren Cormier

I stand to the side and watch her, at once proud and sad. She is growing up. Learning that letting go can be scary and exciting, but most of all, necessary. And I realize as I watch her rush back to the ladder, it's a lesson I am learning too.

Ode to Sophomore Year

Susan Kaufman | Posted 04.21.2015 | College
Susan Kaufman

As the school year starts rapidly coming to an end, I'm forced to think about what's next. I must mentally prepare to spend next semester away from Tufts, studying abroad, and prepare to return just in time to watch some of my friends graduate.

Sustainably Growing Up

Cara Schulte | Posted 04.20.2015 | College
Cara Schulte

With a bit of agricultural feng shui we could be well on our way to a more effective, efficient and enduring system of resource management.

This Is What 45 Looks Like

Alisa Schindler | Posted 04.17.2015 | Women
Alisa Schindler

I see the lines. I see the greys. I see the birth year that I have to scroll pretty far down to find when I have to put my age in somewhere. I may be mid-40s but I haven't lost all my marbles. I know what's what. Um, when I remember.

How Growing Up in Poverty Taught Me Gratitude

Melissa Buchanan | Posted 04.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Buchanan

Gratitude is that sweet spot of contentment that knows nothing of having more or less, feeling only the peace of each precious moment, despite what is going on all around us. I learned gratitude not by what I had, but by what I did not have.

This Is My 39

Galit Breen | Posted 04.16.2015 | Women
Galit Breen

Thirty-nine is seeing 16-year-olds and thinking they look way too young to drive and seeing 50-year-olds and thinking they're stunning. It's knowing loss, and finding sparkle in the everyday. It's not necessarily worrying what others think of me and my choices.

A Birthday Letter to My Tween Son

Amy Heinz | Posted 04.14.2015 | Parents
Amy Heinz

I realize it's your birthday and you get to make the wish, but tonight, as you blow out your candles, I will be hoping with all my might that your tween years are filled with kindness.