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Graduation Is a New Chapter For Our Kids And For Us

Annie Fox | Posted 05.22.2015 | Parents
Annie Fox

Graduating from high school and heading off to college is a major milestone, irrefutable proof of their growing independence. The music swells along with our hearts. Our love for them and our hope for their future defies words. So we cry.

Parenting Without Fear

Lindley Pless | Posted 05.21.2015 | Parents
Lindley Pless

When I am not there, I get the sense they dig a little deeper to find the strength to try new things without the "training wheels" of their mother's outstretched hands.

Taking Pause and Tending to the Roses we Have Been Gifted

Kay Tacke Morse | Posted 05.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kay Tacke Morse

Stop and Smell the Roses The House had The rose garden that the garden club ladies made mention of on many occasion. They tended to the urban myth...

When Living Longer Isn't Really Living

Barbara Hammond | Posted 05.13.2015 | Fifty
Barbara Hammond

For years, my mantra has been, 'I don't want to outlive my usefulness.' As long as I am productive, which could be making dinner or helping a friend in need, I will feel useful. When that time ends I want to go quietly and quickly. How do you arrange that? Obviously you can't.

The Moment I Knew I Was an Adult

Teresa Lee | Posted 05.13.2015 | Women
Teresa Lee

Ultimately, I think being an adult isn't any one age or any one thing. It doesn't mean that you don't lean on other people when you fall. It just means that you count on yourself first and foremost and don't expect anyone else to clean up your mess for you.

The Heartbreak of Freedom

Nicole Jankowski | Posted 04.23.2015 | Parents
Nicole Jankowski

As a parent, the freedom is overwhelming. It is worrisome. It is tremendous. We have a child and every moment after is spent letting them go in little bits.

Why I Don't Want My Kids to Be Happy

Elisabeth Duckett | Posted 04.15.2015 | Parents
Elisabeth Duckett

You want to keep from them the agony of failure, the pain of rejection and the self-conscious awkwardness of not fitting in. You want your child to walk through the world believing they can do anything and be anyone and that they are special. I get all that. I just disagree.

What Superheroes and Parents Can't Do

Larry Bernstein | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Larry Bernstein

d like to fly like Superman did in the movie, but rather than go back in time, I would slow it down. I would make the years longer -- say 500 days instead of 365. Pretty awesome, right?

Rate Yourself As A Mom On A Scale of 1 to 10

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 03.27.2015 | Parents
Eva Lesko Natiello

Between forkfuls of asparagus risotto, she asked, "What if someone asked you to rate yourself as a mother? What would you say, on a scale of 1 to 10?" It's a waste of time to skirt my daughter's hypotheticals. "Umm, I don't know. An 8?" "What? Why an 8? Who's better than you?" she asked.

Transforming the System of Care for Older Adults: The Affordable Care Act, Five Years Later

Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD | Posted 05.19.2015 | Fifty
Dr. Bruce A. Chernof, MD

While portions of the ACA continue to be debated, using the tools within the ACA to drive innovation in the public and private sector at the community, state and federal levels should be a priority for all who care about better care at lower costs.

An Open Letter to Handicap Parking Violaters: Just Stop

Rachelle Friedman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Rachelle Friedman

I think the disabled community is just fed up with hearing the old "I was only parking there for a minute" line on a fairly regular basis. We're annoyed with people assuming that there is a slim chance someone will need the spot while they're inside.

An Aging Person's Observations About Aging: Helpful Hints for All Ages

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.09.2015 | Fifty
William B. Bradshaw

I graduated from high school in 1950. Yes, that was 65 years ago. I am 82 years old. Some readers are probably thinking that I am really old, while others are chuckling and thinking, 'You have a ways to go."

How the Dynamics Change When Your Teen Gets Her Driver's License

Judy Mollen Walters | Posted 04.06.2015 | Parents
Judy Mollen Walters

I like getting to talk to my daughter, and the car is one of the best places. There's little or no eye contact, so we can talk about lots of things we might not otherwise talk about.

How I Learned to Trust Myself

Jessica Katz | Posted 04.05.2015 | Women
Jessica Katz

Discovering more of who I am and trusting that gut feeling in my body is the best blessing I've been given. Getting back on that horse, exploring new and unknown territory in spite of the slips and fear, while always holding onto what I truly want for myself is the key to it all.

I Thought I Knew What Was Best For My Son, But He Had Other Ideas

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 04.01.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Wolfe

I don't see his homework every night, I only hope he's using the washing machine once in awhile and I have to trust that he's eating his vegetables every day.

Time for a New Declaration ... of Dependence?

Deane Waldman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Deane Waldman

The 1776 Declaration of Independence was much more than a Declaration of War. It was a powerful statement of what Americans wanted to be: a society of...

All I Need to Know About Teens, People and Life I Learned From My Cat

Darah Zeledon | Posted 02.15.2015 | Parents
Darah Zeledon

All living things can be nothing other than what they are. When we use coercion or try to control another's destiny, eventually, it'll backfire.

10 Things Solo Travel Taught Me About Relationships

Sahaj Kohli | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Sahaj Kohli

I took this trip because of a perpetual heartache I felt, a lack of connectivity with myself and with the world. I needed to step out of my comfort zone and decided to do that halfway across the world. And there is where I found a tribe of individuals who felt exactly the same way.

Yagana Shah

9 Hilarious Ways Parents Have Tried To Get Their Kids To Move Out

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.25.2014 | Fifty

Empty nesters -- it could be a lot worse. While the quiet rooms of your home may feel like a bleak reality, for some parents it's something they can o...

Freaking Out About Graduating? Don't.

Erin McKelle | Posted 01.19.2015 | College
Erin McKelle

Graduating from college affords you the luxury of living your dreams. Yes, it requires some hard work and perseverance but I promise you, your destiny is within reach.

How to Fund Your Travel Lifestyle

Cliff Hsia | Posted 01.02.2015 | Travel
Cliff Hsia

If the lack of money is stopping you from achieving your travel dreams, with a little flexibility, creativity, and resourcefulness, you'll be able to live your travel dreams on any budget.

Czechs Celebrate Independence Day by Protesting (PHOTOS)

Olena Kagui | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Olena Kagui

October 28th is the Czechoslovak Independence Day. In 1918 it was the day that Czechoslovakia was created and it continues to be celebrated in the Czech Republic and Slovakia today.

Scotland and Catalonia: Fraternal But Not Twins

David Morris | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
David Morris

Scotland and Catalonia are brothers in arms. Independence movement leaders communicate regularly. On September 18, when Scotland voted on uncoupling from the United Kingdom Catalans were there.

Terrific Tashkent

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 12.08.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

Uzbekistan is an amazing place with very friendly people. Enjoy Tashkent, explore the city by foot and make an effort to meet some of the locals.

World Cerebral Palsy Day 2014: 'Change My World in 1 Minute'

Nicole Luongo | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Nicole Luongo

According to the Cerebral Palsy International Research Foundation (CPIRF), over 17 million people worldwide have cerebral palsy -- for which there is no cure. I am one of them.