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Growing Up

What I Learned After Living With An Eating Disorder For 42 Years

Robin Korth | Posted 02.28.2015 | Fifty
Robin Korth

As a woman who threw up for more than four decades to control my weight, even as I needed the comfort and "cure" that over-eating provided, I have some insights on what the 'over love of food' is all about. It wasn't the problem. It was the answer.

I Had A Baby, But I Was Nobody's Mother

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 02.26.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

I kissed a girl for the first time when I was 22 years old and fell madly in love. For nine months before, she had been my constant companion, a blind little flounder that swam and bubbled under my skin. She was warm and wet and growing every day; I was terrified.

If These Walls Could Talk

Amy Heinz | Posted 02.24.2015 | Parents
Amy Heinz

Though the walls are gone, the people who were inside them will continue to hold each other up. And while that family will build a new house -- new walls -- the truth is, wherever they are together, that's where they'll be right at home. (Even if it takes a few more tear-stained pillows to realize it.)

My Growing Boy

Mary Hickey | Posted 02.19.2015 | Parents
Mary Hickey

Nobody prepares you or teaches you how to celebrate the journey into adulthood when your child has a disability and the future doesn't necessarily hold the same promises.

The Art of Being Alive Series: Letter to My Old Apologetic Self

Adedayo Fashanu | Posted 02.18.2015 | Women
Adedayo Fashanu

Dear Self, You are one plus year now: A beautiful vibrant woman who has evolved and is emerging in the world as a soul, a body, a feminine to be reck...

The Night of Growing Up

Meredith Spidel | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
Meredith Spidel

I allowed the teensy "I can do this" thought to take root and grow strength. I even told a friend about my plans for accountability's sake. And when dinner time rolled around, I did it: I threw the kids in the van and we went to a diner.

Maturing Whole: The Beautiful Books of David Richo

Traci L. Slatton | Posted 02.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Traci L. Slatton

Years ago, while running an errand, I encountered a woman on the sidewalk whom I know. She and I each have reason to feel disgruntled with the other.

Ten Years, Two Bands, One Girl: Getting Old and Growing Up With Rock 'n' Roll

Maggie Hollander | Posted 02.18.2015 | Arts
Maggie Hollander

I listen to the albums which first brought us together and there's certainly nostalgia and a deep love for sure, but it also gets old quickly, as though I've heard them just one too many times and the delight is slightly dampened because of it.

It's Okay If You Didn't Like 'Boyhood', And Here Are Many Reasons Why

Bob Cesca | Posted 02.17.2015 | Entertainment
Bob Cesca

For several days now, I've been struggling to understand why I'm so out of the loop on this one. It's not because I don't like experimental films or Richard Linklater. I didn't like Boyhood because it wasted my time with mostly unlikable characters, generally bad storytelling, and a whole lot of nothing.

Letters to Hadley: Fighting

Liz Olson | Posted 02.12.2015 | Women
Liz Olson

When I was 20, I came home from college with a broken finger. The doctor couldn't quite understand how a football caused a fracture near the knuckle of my ring finger. It made sense that he couldn't make sense of it. Because I didn't break it playing football. I broke it hitting Brad.

6 Movies That Taught Me Something About Life, Love and Other Totally Random Things

Christy Heitger-Ewing | Posted 02.11.2015 | Entertainment
Christy Heitger-Ewing

My 10-year-old son recently asked me what movies I enjoyed watching when I was younger. A flood of awesome (mostly) '80s flicks immediately sprang to mind. I dug through my collection of DVDs and pulled out six of my childhood favorites. Each one taught me something about life, love and other totally random things.

Yagana Shah

17 Simple Sights, Smells and Sounds That Whisk You Back to Childhood

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 02.09.2015 | Fifty

The grind of adult life can make us long for childhood again -- a time when there were no bills to pay, no bosses to report to, no groceries to buy an...

6 Truths About Motherhood

Mommy Nearest | Posted 02.05.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

Isn't it amazing how it's possible to never have a minute alone and yet to be heart-achingly lonely at the same time?

Coming Out: I Am a Man

Barrett Pall | Posted 02.05.2015 | Gay Voices
Barrett Pall

Throughout this process I've left Barrett the boy and have become Barrett the man. A man who released the shame he felt for wanting to love another man. A man who addressed issues that were holding him back. A man who has started to live authentically. A real man.

Why I Don't Want To Have It All

Natacha Hildebrand | Posted 02.04.2015 | Women
Natacha Hildebrand

I'm a married, childless 28-year career-minded feminist and I already know I can't have it all... nor do I want it.

Passages

Tricia McCallum | Posted 02.05.2015 | Books
Tricia McCallum

This story is included in Tricia McCallum's first book of poetry: Nothing Gold Can Stay: A Mother and Father Remembered .

10 'Lame' Things That Are Awesome When You're An Adult

Literally, Darling | Posted 02.02.2015 | Women
Literally, Darling

Is it just me, or is a carpet with those sweet, beautiful vacuum lines almost as beautiful as looking at a sunset over the ocean?

The Biggest Lies Your Mother Ever Told You

Janet Eve Josselyn | Posted 02.02.2015 | Fifty
Janet Eve Josselyn

Mothers have lied to their children since the invention of language. Sometimes the lies are for the mother's convenience, such as the admonition that it isn't safe to swim for an hour after lunch. Other times, the lies are to protect the child's ego from a harsh reality.

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.