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Growing Up

Raising Wonder

Karen Brett | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Karen Brett

She hasn't gone through the years that change little girls. The years that make girls doubt themselves and everything around them. She still has the gift of WONDER.

We're Both Still Growing Up

Jeff Bogle | Posted 05.04.2015 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

It dawned on me, on this Tuesday, that we're both still growing up. That we never stop growing up, not really, whether we're 7, 11, 36, 39, or any number before, in between, or after.


Monica Stevens-Kirby | Posted 05.01.2015 | Parents
Monica Stevens-Kirby

Many of you are without a mother on this Mother's Day for varying reasons. Some of you are mothers without your children on this Mother's Day. But we are never without the need for a mother and mothering.

Please Let Go

Leslie Kendall Dye | Posted 06.29.2015 | Parents
Leslie Kendall Dye

A mother's touch extends not just from her fingers, but from her eyes and her words and -- at times -- from her own insecurities.

Today I Let Go, Tomorrow I Fly

Taylor Johnson | Posted 06.29.2015 | College
Taylor Johnson

Go lose your breath, be the reason so many people breath again, and keep your eyes wide open, because your life is seriously, most definitely, meant to change the world more than you could possibly imagine.

My Mother And The Touchstone She Gave Me

Kathy Radigan | Posted 06.28.2015 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

When we moved, the rock went with us. I would see it in the new garden and take comfort that at least something was the same.

A Lesson Learned From A Playground Slide

Lauren Cormier | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents
Lauren Cormier

I stand to the side and watch her, at once proud and sad. She is growing up. Learning that letting go can be scary and exciting, but most of all, necessary. And I realize as I watch her rush back to the ladder, it's a lesson I am learning too.

Ode to Sophomore Year

Susan Kaufman | Posted 06.21.2015 | College
Susan Kaufman

As the school year starts rapidly coming to an end, I'm forced to think about what's next. I must mentally prepare to spend next semester away from Tufts, studying abroad, and prepare to return just in time to watch some of my friends graduate.

Sustainably Growing Up

Cara Schulte | Posted 06.20.2015 | College
Cara Schulte

With a bit of agricultural feng shui we could be well on our way to a more effective, efficient and enduring system of resource management.

This Is What 45 Looks Like

Alisa Schindler | Posted 06.17.2015 | Women
Alisa Schindler

I see the lines. I see the greys. I see the birth year that I have to scroll pretty far down to find when I have to put my age in somewhere. I may be mid-40s but I haven't lost all my marbles. I know what's what. Um, when I remember.

How Growing Up in Poverty Taught Me Gratitude

Melissa Buchanan | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Buchanan

Gratitude is that sweet spot of contentment that knows nothing of having more or less, feeling only the peace of each precious moment, despite what is going on all around us. I learned gratitude not by what I had, but by what I did not have.

This Is My 39

Galit Breen | Posted 06.16.2015 | Women
Galit Breen

Thirty-nine is seeing 16-year-olds and thinking they look way too young to drive and seeing 50-year-olds and thinking they're stunning. It's knowing loss, and finding sparkle in the everyday. It's not necessarily worrying what others think of me and my choices.

A Birthday Letter to My Tween Son

Amy Heinz | Posted 06.14.2015 | Parents
Amy Heinz

I realize it's your birthday and you get to make the wish, but tonight, as you blow out your candles, I will be hoping with all my might that your tween years are filled with kindness.

'It's Taken Me Almost 60 Years To Realize There Was One Thing I Was Never Taught'

Robin Korth | Posted 06.13.2015 | Fifty
Robin Korth

I was never taught to love myself. In fact, I was taught the opposite. I was taught that loving myself was selfish and 'wrong.' I was taught that others always came first and that self-sacrifice -- being loving and kind to everyone else -- was the way to happiness.

6 Awesome Things About Having a 6-Year-Old

Meredith Hale | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Meredith Hale

Last week, my daughter had her first drop-off playdate. I used to dreamed of the day when I'd be able to run to the grocery store while someone else's mom watched the kids. But walking away from that playdate was a bit of a wake-up call. She's growing up.

5 Ways Being The Middle Child Helps You In Life

Mommy Nearest | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

Recently, I've been trying to focus on how being a middle child is a positive thing and will actually prepare my son for the real world -- more so than being the oldest or youngest.

Is This the Little Girl I Carried?

Leslie Kendall Dye | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Leslie Kendall Dye

She's mesmerized by the girls, and I'm fascinated by her. I can feel her leaning into them. We are social animals and her timer has gone off and she wants to participate. She wants friendships and cross talk with children her own age. She yearns to be close to older children, older girls.

An End to an Era

Lani Renaldo | Posted 06.09.2015 | College
Lani Renaldo

Teens have a voice and it is important for us to use it, no matter how small or big the issue.

The Totally Unexpected Way I Spent My 18th Birthday

Julia Schemmer | Posted 06.02.2015 | Teen
Julia Schemmer

Being 17 was a year of finding myself and what made me happy. Being 18, I decided, will be the year of continuing what I love, inspiring others and valuing the relationships that I have.

On Being The Adult When Your Parents Act Like Children

Emily Ansara Baines | Posted 05.30.2015 | Divorce
Emily Ansara Baines

My parents had always been less than stellar when it came to boundaries. With the divorce, however, the closeness has become too close. Some things are better left unsaid. Some secrets are better left hidden. The hardest thing about being an adult is the realization that, really, all adults feel like children.

Being Transgender Naked: First Kiss

Zoe Dolan | Posted 05.20.2015 | Gay Voices
Zoe Dolan

My kiss with Amanda would weigh on me for 21 years, well after I had gotten into the right body.

Not Yet a Grown Up, and I'm Fine With It

Hilton Dresden | Posted 05.18.2015 | College
Hilton Dresden

I'm 21, but I'm also only 21. There's no Cosmo quiz to help me find my life's path, no online listicle to show me that the guy standing behind me in Starbucks is the one I'm meant to watch reruns of Friends with until we decide to get married.

34 Ways You Change As You Become An Adult

Lexi Herrick | Posted 05.17.2015 | Women
Lexi Herrick

Being an adult doesn't mean locking in a 9-5 job and procreating. Being an adult doesn't mean having everything figured out. Being an adult isn't some threshold you pass through at a fully mature and developed stage of life.

The Day I Looked In The Mirror And Really Saw Myself For The First Time

Robin Korth | Posted 05.17.2015 | Fifty
Robin Korth

I will never forget the day eight years ago when I looked in the mirror and really saw myself looking back at me. I saw me! My breath caught in my throat as I stared in a self-fascinated kind of horror at my own image. I was not 35. I was not 45. I was 51. Two-thirds of my life was truly gone.

Some Kind of Dress

Pamela Kripke | Posted 05.12.2015 | Divorce
Pamela Kripke

I allowed myself to believe, that when you get married, you are supposed to experience these sorts of pre-event traumas. You are supposed to be disconcerted; you are supposed to feel weird. That is love. No one told me it wasn't.