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Growing Up

I Secretly Wished My Son Hated Kindergarten

Krista Pelton | Posted 01.29.2016 | Parents
Krista Pelton

All through the summer up to kindergarten starting, whenever someone asked me about school I never could give them a straight answer because I couldn't bring myself to sign him up. I was in denial of what was to come.

25: It's Not a Crisis, Just Growing Pains

Rutendo Nyamuda | Posted 01.26.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Rutendo Nyamuda

And, if you're strong enough to hold out long enough -- and sometimes that means just standing in silence while you regain your strength -- you'll eventually break through the walls of your cocoon. The thing is, once you're free, you're going to need to learn how to fly.

These Are The Values I Grew Up With

Tam Warner Minton | Posted 01.26.2016 | Fifty
Tam Warner Minton

We all grow up with a certain set of values. Our families of origin have a tremendous influence on our lives, and although some values may be later deemed unnecessary, or need to be adjusted, others are still viable and have great impact.

A Trans Believer

Mandi Camille Hauwert | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Mandi Camille Hauwert

Dear God, Dad says I have to go to church to warship. I don't know what that means. But I like the man in the dress who tells us to pray and bosses ev...

A Story Of A F*ck Off Fund

Paulette Perhach | Posted 01.25.2016 | Women
Paulette Perhach

Your boss tells you that you look nice in that dress, asks you to do a spin. Just to get the moment over with, you do. Wait. This story sucks. If it were one of those Choose Your Own Adventures, here's where you'd want to flip back, start over, rewrite what happens to you.

Learning to Treasure Time

Megan B. Baldwin | Posted 01.22.2016 | Parents
Megan B. Baldwin

Somewhere along the line, my babies who needed me for everything, from sleeping to eating to diaper changes to constant cuddles, they grew into these little people who talk to me and each other and friends and strangers, who ask for things and love school and play make-believe and try to be independent.

Show Me Your 5 Closest Friends and I'll Show You Your Future

Justin Ricklefs | Posted 01.21.2016 | Good News
Justin Ricklefs

I've grown older, I've become more aware that friendships like this didn't happen by accident. They happened little by little, in lots of small unnoticed moments.

12 Things I've Taught My 10-Year-Old

Candidly Kim | Posted 01.20.2016 | Parents
Candidly Kim

Show respect to everyone, no matter who and what they are in life; everyone has a unique story, including you.

What You Learn In Your 20s

Jessica Semaan | Posted 01.19.2016 | Women
Jessica Semaan

Looking back at my second decade, or my #messytwenties, I see a blur of transitions, transformations, revolutions and lots of tequila shots. In a nutshell, in our 20s, we are mostly wrong -- especially because we think we are so right.

Letter to My Daughter on Her 13th Birthday

Michele Corvi | Posted 01.18.2016 | Parents
Michele Corvi

Today is the last day you will be 12. Tomorrow is your birthday, and you will turn 13 years old. You will officially say goodbye to your childhood and will be considered a teenager.

Carry That Weight

Phil Corless | Posted 01.15.2016 | Parents
Phil Corless

"Carry me, daddy!" My son, all of 5 years and 50 pounds, did a little dance in front of me, waving his arms in the air, insistent that I bend down an...

The Brilliance of Her Growing Up

Jennifer S. White | Posted 01.13.2016 | Parents
Jennifer S. White

Childhood is fragile. It's here, and then -- in a rush -- it's gone. It's shiny and new, curious and inventive -- and then it's faded, and worn, and from long ago.

What My Mom Did When I Was A Kid That Drove Me Crazy

Cari Shane | Posted 01.07.2016 | Fifty
Cari Shane

I was a shy kid, so much so that I found it difficult to speak up in class simply to ask a teacher if I could use the rest room. But, my mother taught me to talk to people and, even more than that, to engage people in conversation.

The First Time I Really Felt Like An Adult

Nancy Roman | Posted 01.07.2016 | Fifty
Nancy Roman

I recently had a discussion about the 'inner child' -- the well-founded idea that there is a distinct part of us that is still the small child we used to be. With this concept, our greatest joys and greatest fears arise from the child we used to be. What we loved then, we love even more now.

I Don't Feel Like An Adult

Bailey Gaddis | Posted 01.06.2016 | Parents
Bailey Gaddis

What do I do now that I know my parents don't know everything? Where can I find an adult who does?

Night Riders

Tricia McCallum | Posted 01.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Tricia McCallum

I was a girl of nine the night I rode shotgun alongside my father in his tractor trailer. He worked for British American Oil Company (B/A) then, ...

A Shared Epiphany

Maria Grazia Pozzi | Posted 01.04.2016 | Parents
Maria Grazia Pozzi

Occasionally I ask myself if we adults are doing enough for the young people. In these times of rapid changes, of uncertainty and events that seem to ...

You Made Me A Mama

Wendy Wisner | Posted 12.29.2015 | Parents
Wendy Wisner

I will always be your mama. I will always love you fiercely. I will always feel startled by the depth of this love. I will always be in awe of your raw, honest beauty.

Doing What I Am Told

Curtis Rogers | Posted 12.28.2015 | Parents
Curtis Rogers

It's ironic to me that we put all of our love and care into children and our parenting success is measured, in large part, by how well they stop needing us.

9 Things We Never Learned In School But Should Have

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 12.28.2015 | Fifty

You spend your adolescent years lugging around back-breaking textbooks full of complicated math concepts, everything from the periodic table to calcul...

5 Ways Being a Mom Made Me Love the Holidays Again

Mommy Nearest | Posted 01.04.2016 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

There was a good chunk of time when I was a serious scrooge around the holidays. I dreaded this time of year and denounced it's excess and consumerism. Since having my daughter, I've experienced a complete 180. Instead of "bah humbug" I'm all about the "Ho, Ho, Ho!" Here are the top five ways my daughter has made me fall in love with the holiday season again.

17 Times You Wish You Could Be A Kid Instead Of An Adult Woman

The Huffington Post | Sasha Bronner | Posted 12.17.2015 | Women

As a kid, it seemed like adults (or older siblings) often said, "You'll understand when you're older." And while age does help usher in a lot of wisdo...

My Friend Allen, Depression, and Me

Ruby Browne | Posted 12.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Ruby Browne

We can talk about how they make up the whole. How they all want the same thing, are all trying to solve the same problems, meet the same needs. They all have my best interests in mind, but different ideas of how to serve them. I know I have to listen to all of them. They all have valid voices, they all have stories. But they do not all get pens. They don't all get equal say in who this woman is.

The Age When You Should Stop Doing Everything

Thrillist | Posted 12.11.2015 | HuffPost Home

Now that you're in your 20's, it's time to make the switch from posters to pictures. Keep hanging stuff wherever you live, but try and stick to portraits, framed pictures, or artwork. That Zac Efron poster can be removed now.

Why Even the Bad Parts of Parenting Are Good

Reem Kassis | Posted 12.08.2015 | Parents
Reem Kassis

What breaks my heart is knowing how many times I've wished bath-time would come sooner. How many times I've been frustrated because my toddler was taking ages to fall asleep. Or how many nights I prayed my newborn would sleep for a longer stretch. I don't want to wish away these years.