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Growing Up

Why Your Twenties Don't Immediately Make You an Adult

McKenna Bulkley | Posted 01.31.2015 | College
McKenna Bulkley

I'll probably never take myself completely seriously if I'm being honest, but that's okay. Even though it's little by little, I'm certainly starting to figure this "grown up" business out.

What Happened When I Gave Away My Son's Birthday Presents

Anjali Joshi | Posted 01.30.2015 | Parents
Anjali Joshi

Our children show us they are listening, watching and internalizing the life lessons we're trying so hard to teach.

14 Wishes For My Son

Shari Medini | Posted 01.28.2015 | Parents
Shari Medini

We will be different people in 14 years. I will be a different mother. You will be a different child; mostly because you won't be a child at all. You will be a teenager. I will watch you leave the nest with mixed emotions. I will hope that what I've done has been enough.

When a Century Turns 15, It's Sacred Party Time

Peggy Payne | Posted 01.27.2015 | Religion
Peggy Payne

Our current century has recently celebrated her 15th birthday. In fact, as the year turned 2015, our millennium has turned sweet 15. You may have thought the usual New Year's Eve hoop-la was enough. Nowhere near. It's time for a sacred moment.

What I Learned Growing Up With A Devout Hindu Mom And An Atheist Dad

Public Radio International | Deepak Singh | Posted 01.25.2015 | Religion

My mother is a devout Hindu. She follows every ritual, fasts for every festival on the Hindu calendar and performs most religious ceremonies. She even...

The Hands I Want to Hold

Jennie Sutherland | Posted 01.23.2015 | Parents
Jennie Sutherland

These little sausage fingers are learning how to sign "more" and "please" and "milky." They awkwardly clap and playfully mimic peek-a-boo. Soon, they will hold a pencil as you learn how to express your ideas, thoughts and dreams.

The Grounds Behind Her Eyes

Jeff Bogle | Posted 01.23.2015 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

My urge, my only urge, is to wrap her up in my long arms and hold on dearly while the quietest storm passes over us -- only I'm pretty sure there is no storm on the horizon at all. This is growing up. This is riding the seesaw between goofy kid and complex young adult.

17 Changes Every Woman Goes Through In Her Late 20s

Samantha Matt | Posted 01.22.2015 | Women
Samantha Matt

If you're not into something, you're not into something. It's simple. You don't go places you don't want to go. You don't hang out with people you don't want to hang out with.

8 Clueless Things I Said Before I Had Kids

Mary E. Graham | Posted 01.22.2015 | Parents
Mary E. Graham

Before I had children, I was the perfect parent. I knew how to do everything, solve every problem, and handle every childhood dilemma. Then I had kids and I realized I knew nothing -- absolutely nothing.

Letters to Hadley: Mornings

Liz Olson | Posted 01.20.2015 | Women
Liz Olson

Your mom, before she was a mom, was the best sleeper of all. When we were younger, she'd sleep so hard and so late. I remember going into her room on weekend mornings and begging her to "wake up! wake up!"

The Girls I Used To Twirl

Pete Wilgoren | Posted 01.20.2015 | Parents
Pete Wilgoren

It seems recently the picking up is less and less. My older daughter is so tall that the last time I tried to swing her like a flying helicopter, she skinned her knees on the ground because we couldn't gain enough altitude.

Are We Lying to Our Kids, or Keeping the Magic Alive?

Diana Whitney | Posted 01.16.2015 | Parents
Diana Whitney

"Made in China?" A. asks dubiously. She fingers a white tag on Shelf Elf's rump. "I thought he was from the North Pole.

8 Celebrities On Surviving Their 'Awkward Phase'

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 01.16.2015 | Teen

It's a universally acknowledged truth that growing up is tough. Whether your face explodes with acne or your body seemingly changes overnight, nobody ...

Letters to Hadley: Little Things

Liz Olson | Posted 01.12.2015 | Women
Liz Olson

My favorite little things are these: The way your sweaty skin feels right after you wake up from a nap, the way your little kid breath smells when you come in close for a nose kiss, the way you inspect my whole face -- pushing on my nose, noticing everything with your curious eyes.

Last Year, I Fell In Love (But Not Like That)

Julia Schemmer | Posted 01.08.2015 | Teen
Julia Schemmer

This isn't the kind of love story where the guy gets the girl, swaying her with a Mumford and Sons song and the dazzling blue eyes that could leave anyone speechless. In fact, it doesn't even deal with romance.

I'm Terrified I Can't Keep Up With The 'Rules' Of Being A Young Adult

Reilly Wieland | Posted 01.07.2015 | Teen
Reilly Wieland

I feel as though I am still a fifth grader, scared of talking to a boy I like; and sometimes an adult, drinking black coffee and worrying about a mortgage.

How I Found My Voice Through Blogging

Julia Schemmer | Posted 12.31.2014 | Teen
Julia Schemmer

Every story, earth-shattering or not, deserves to be told. Without the small stories, how would someone understand the big stories?

This Is 18

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 12.30.2014 | Parents
Alexandra Rosas

I was once the mother of babies who squirmed to be out of my arms and let down, who then grew into children who would wiggle free of my hands impatient to run in the park, and then zoomed into teens who began taking phones into their rooms to talk privately.

Does Wanting More Put Me on the Naughty or Nice List?

Katie Tandy | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
Katie Tandy

Wanting money for money's sake is bad, but needing money to maintain a certain quality of life is good. But what exactly does that mean? What is this elusive future "life"? And just what does it cost to maintain it?

Growing Up and Out of Santa

Kathy Radigan | Posted 12.19.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I'm feeling a little wistful this year because I fear that it may be the last Christmas that we have a true believer in our family. Our youngest child is 9 and in the fourth grade. I was a year younger when I found out that there was no such thing as Santa. Or as I remember it, the day I took my first step into adulthood.

Santa Guilt

Miranda Gargasz | Posted 12.12.2014 | Parents
Miranda Gargasz

He feels like the magic of Christmas was stolen away. I feel like my little boy just lost the last thing that made him a little boy. He mourns the loss of Santa Claus and so do I, for vastly different reasons, but leaving us both with this hollow space inside.

What Has Becoming A Parent Done To Me?

Alishia Osborn | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Alishia Osborn

Becoming a parent has done something wicked to me. Instead of waiting for the future, I sometimes find myself trapped in the past.

When I Tried To Be a New Yorker

Stephanie Harper | Posted 12.03.2014 | Women
Stephanie Harper

New York became my solution. I'd always had a sort of romantic view of New York, and this would be my opportunity to live out this fantasy.

Letters to Hadley: Boy Friends

Liz Olson | Posted 12.03.2014 | Women
Liz Olson

My first best friend was a boy. His name was Nicholas, and I met him in Kindergarten. He was very good at the monkey bars and so was I, and so we became friends.

How Harry Potter And T.S. Eliot Showed Me My Kids Growing Up Isn't Quite So Sad

Amanda Magee | Posted 01.31.2015 | Parents
Amanda Magee

We caught the girls playing with one another's hair, singing to each other in the long lines, helping with stuck zippers or big words. They slept in a tangle each night and ran shoulder-to-shoulder all day. They were aware of each other in a way that they are of their friends, "Oh, you, yes, I like you. Let's laugh together."