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Growing Up

This Is 29

Joelle Zarcone | Posted 09.01.2015 | Women
Joelle Zarcone

Never in a million years did I think I, of all people, would be nervous about turning 29. I mean, what's age, right? Nothing but a number. But the thoughts started piling up -- of the things I had done, that I hadn't finished, that I hadn't started.

Sitting Still

Sophia Williams-Baugh | Posted 08.31.2015 | Divorce
Sophia Williams-Baugh

I'm dealing with learning to be stable. I'm learning that when someone loves you they don't dispose of you at the drop of a dime. I'm learning that when you sit still and take time, you truly love and care about someone.

A Dynamic Way to "Let Go" of Adult Children

Joseph W. Gauld | Posted 08.26.2015 | Parents
Joseph W. Gauld

Why do we as parents have so much trouble "letting go" of our children once they complete their teenage years and need to assume primary responsibility for their lives?

5 Things I Swore I'd Never Do When I Had Kids

Mommy Nearest | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

I thought I had it all figured out. I was almost smug in my insistence that when I became a parent there were so many things that I would never do. I wasn't going to let my child run my life. It would be the other way around, of course. How wrong I was!

The 8 Best Things About Entering Your Late 20s

Samantha Matt | Posted 08.24.2015 | Women
Samantha Matt

I started to actually live in the present instead of dwelling over the past. I started to look toward to my future instead of absolutely dreading what was to come. I started to enjoy life, for real.

Another First Day

Adina Ciment | Posted 08.20.2015 | Parents
Adina Ciment

I wonder if I'll ever get used to it. I mean, it's just another first day. Like every year. But even with some of my kids leaving high school, I still find myself praying as they walk out the front door, "This is my life. You have my world. Please take care of her."

Have a Moment

Dina L. Relles | Posted 08.19.2015 | Parents
Dina L. Relles

Wasn't this what we all hope for? That our kids become these self-sufficient beings, capable of walking off -- first down the hallway, then down the street, across town, and ultimately out of our household to create another -- without us?

Letting Go of the Balloon String

Ayyan Zubair | Posted 08.17.2015 | College
Ayyan Zubair

Just as surely as the days of the summer continue to shorten, so too do the days of my childhood come to a close. Leaving for college does much more than simply just changing one's ZIP code; it removes the innocent coating of childhood from us.

20 Real Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was A Teenage Girl

Jamie Varon | Posted 08.12.2015 | Women
Jamie Varon

You have a way of attracting compliments and a false sense of bravado that hides a much deeper insecurity. Do not believe the compliments, because you will weave those into your identity and let other people's opinions of you matter more than your own.

4 Reasons Why the 90s Are Making a Comeback

Unwritten | Posted 08.07.2015 | Women
Unwritten

It hasn't surprised me that the nostalgia of the Gen-Y childhood is making a comeback. I could sit here and write an endless list of all the reasons the '90s were the best decade to be a child in, from Tamagotchis to Rugrats to 'N Sync (the reasons are endless). But I think there are deeper reasons as to why our Gen-Y childhood culture is making a comeback.

Life Lessons From a Playground

Erin Hinkle | Posted 07.31.2015 | Women
Erin Hinkle

As I was driving away from a friend's house recently, I saw in the distance a familiar looking playground and the school at which I attended Kindergarten through third grade. Something in me told me to stop and take a look around.

Growing Up: The Transition From To Kill a Mockingbird to Go Set a Watchman

Emily Hay | Posted 07.31.2015 | Teen
Emily Hay

Go set a Watchman is about growing up and realizing that your own parents are no more than flawed human beings too, learning how to stand by your own values -- set your own watchman if you will -- and still be able to live alongside those you disagree with.

Learning Chinese

Tricia McCallum | Posted 07.28.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Tricia McCallum

Growing up in a small northern town shaped me in ways untold. As a little girl my family lived in an apartment above a hardware store on our small...

12 Going On 20: The Awkward Stage No Longer Exists And It's Weird

Unwritten | Posted 07.27.2015 | Women
Unwritten

Kids now live in a world where they're given a cell phone before they hit double digits. Instead of playing with Barbie dolls, girls begin to play with straighteners and makeup -- something our generation didn't do until early high school. I can even honestly say that I've taken makeup advice from a middle-schooler. In what world is that even possible?

Separating Me from Them

Melissa Roy | Posted 07.24.2015 | Parents
Melissa Roy

I carried them in my body for 40 weeks, each. My body created them from two half-cells into tiny but whole people. They are my everything and I will never stop fighting for them as they make their way through this big, wonderful world, even if I do it silently in the shadows.

Who You Were In College is Who You Are In Life

Van Winkle's | Posted 07.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Van Winkle's

Sort of. You’re obviously not the same exact person you were in college. That Fear and Loathing poster no longer hangs above your bed and ...

I Am The Type Of Girl Who Believes In Love

Sonya Matejko | Posted 07.21.2015 | Women
Sonya Matejko

I've always been the one people scoffed at when I talked about love. I've been the girl who thinks of love in a thousand different shades of the brightest colors, while the rest of the world sees black and white.

Growing Old Before Growing Up is All in the Mind

Orlagh McCarron | Posted 07.10.2015 | Women
Orlagh McCarron

Getting through this bucket-list I've constructed for myself is tough going and not for the weak of heart or mind. But to wake up each morning without that pressing weight of anxiety and questioning of what I am doing with my life is all I can ever hope to attain.

Don't Call Them Oldies

Sara Goldstein | Posted 07.10.2015 | Parents
Sara Goldstein

Go ahead, kids. Stage your fruitless protests. I can easily sing Pamela Long's hook of "Biggie, Biggie, Biggie, can't you see/Sometimes your words just hypnotize me" right over your dissenting little voices.

Super Cool Hip Teen Slang Updated For Boring Adults Like Yourself

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 07.09.2015 | Comedy

You do want to be a cool adult, right? Being an adult is hard. You're mostly working, paying bills, and you're not really considered cool an...

Helicopter Parents, It's Up to You to Let Go Now as Your Teens Get Ready For High School

Dorothy O'Keefe Diana | Posted 07.07.2015 | Parents
Dorothy O'Keefe Diana

Your children will begin to individuate and make their own decisions, like choosing their course work, becoming involved in sports or clubs, and seeking their identity based on those choices. This is where we as parents need to learn to let go. Micromanaging or helicoptering your children does not help them -- it actually harms them.

Trying To Be Pretty In A Southern Beauty Pageant Town

Literally, Darling | Posted 07.07.2015 | Women
Literally, Darling

Where the hair is higher than the heels and the smiles are sweeter than the tea, glamour shots are more important than freshman yearbook photos and beautiful Southern belles are expected to groom themselves to pristine perfection.

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.