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Growing Up

When You Miss The City You've Completely Outgrown

Christine Stoddard | Posted 03.01.2016 | Impact
Christine Stoddard

This piece was originally published by Thought Catalog at www.thoughtcatalog.com. This is the city where you became yourself. But once you became y...

30 Things I'm Happy I Tried And Learned Before 30

Amanda Slavin | Posted 02.26.2016 | Women
Amanda Slavin

Every single person should live in NYC, even for a little bit, if you have the opportunity to. It will harden you and soften you and straighten you out while also tearing you apart.

What Do You Want To Do When You Grow Up? Part One.

Jackie Walker | Posted 02.22.2016 | Fifty
Jackie Walker

One Sunday morning I ran into my mother's bedroom and woke her up. She was my very best friend. She sat up and intently listened as she always did. I ...

Why You Should Not Run Away

Jen Glantz | Posted 02.15.2016 | Women
Jen Glantz

Something in my gut was telling me that going 3,204 miles away wasn't going to make me feel the way I wanted to feel.

A Letter to My Daughter on Her 5th Birthday

Stacey Ogden | Posted 02.12.2016 | Parents
Stacey Ogden

Dear Miss O, Today you are 5 years old.  How did that happen? It seems like just yesterday we found out you'd be arriving a few weeks early, and no...

6: Not Just Blossom's Friend. In Her Opinionation, The Sun Is Gonna Surely Shine!

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 02.10.2016 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

Last year on my daughter's fifth birthday I wrote "Forever Young. Want Her to Be Forever Young". On her sixth birthday I think how this year is so dif...

11 Things I Don't Want to Forget About My 2-Year-Old

Heather Brooker | Posted 02.09.2016 | Parents
Heather Brooker

Every parent who's been through this stage knows just how hard the emotional roller coaster can be. But there were also many wonderful things that came out of this year. So as I'm preparing to welcome my Threenager, I do hope some of my 2 year old lingers a little longer.

40 Lessons It Took Me 40 Years To Learn

Rosanna Savone | Posted 02.09.2016 | Women
Rosanna Savone

Be your word. Say what you mean. Keep your promises.

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, dri...

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 ...