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Growing Up

'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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

What Makes Age 12 The Most Awkward Year Of Your Life

The Huffington Post | Taylor Trudon | Posted 03.09.2015 | Teen

"Being 12 means being a kid. A mature kid." Growing up is painful no matter how you slice it, yet there's something about being 12 that's particula...

Why I Want to Live Like I'm 40 In My 20s

TueNight | Posted 05.09.2015 | Women
TueNight

In my mind, every year of my life is an opportunity to learn more about who I am and what I want from this life. It also gets me closer to the age I've always wanted to be... 40.

Playing the Waiting Game

Alex Madda | Posted 05.09.2015 | College
Alex Madda

We only have one life to live. And though waiting may take up a great deal of it, we hope and pray the waiting will reap its benefits. We'll just have to throw the dice and pray for the best. We'll never know otherwise.

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

Robin Korth | Posted 04.30.2015 | 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 04.26.2015 | 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 04.26.2015 | 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 04.21.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.20.2015 | 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 04.18.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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.