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Kids Growing Up

Is Watching Your Kid Grow Up Supposed To Hurt This Bad?

The Huffington Post | Emily McCombs | Posted 09.29.2016 | Parents

I’ve been a little weepy lately. A few days ago, on the way home, a sad detail in a book made me burst into tears like I’d been recently been brok...

Your firsts are my lasts

Ger Renton | Posted 08.20.2016 | Parents
Ger Renton

We've one more year together before I lend you to a pre-school, then a school- my baby, my last baby - I will treasure this year more than you could possibly know.

Dear Daughter, Thank You For Needing Me

Stacey Skrysak | Posted 06.03.2016 | Parents
Stacey Skrysak

Stacey Skrysak It was the wee hours of the morning. My mind was racing as it normally does when I can't sleep. The night sky still visible; a sign th...

Rules for Adult Life

Nicole Scobie | Posted 05.24.2016 | College
Nicole Scobie

A few pearls of wisdom from a mom as her grown-up child moves out and far away...

Every Parent Will Relate To This Song About How Quickly Kids Grow Up

The Huffington Post | Taylor Pittman | Posted 05.05.2016 | Parents

The night before a scheduled performance, singer Nichole Nordeman was struck with a realization. "It just hit me out of nowhere," she said. "How did w...

Why I Want My Kids To Fail

Ashley Lauckner | Posted 04.05.2016 | Parents
Ashley Lauckner

Nobody lives a perfect life. Inevitably, we will all face heartbreak, rejection, or failure. As we grow into adults, we begin to understand and accept the fact that the universe does not always bend to our will. However, once we become parents, we suddenly feel the urge to change that reality for our children.

Empty Nesting and the Art of Parenting Time Travel

Hilary Lauren | Posted 03.15.2016 | Parents
Hilary Lauren

My son left...six days ago. The second of my boys to move out. A friend asked me the other day how my emptying nest was doing and I wondered if I had found the key to time travel.

Is this the Last Time I'll Hold My Son's Hand? The Joys and Pains of Watching Children Grow

Andrew Andestic | Posted 02.24.2016 | Parents
Andrew Andestic

When it comes to my children, I fear the last time: the last time my daughter will ask me to play with her in the bath before she's too embarrassed, t...

What I'll Miss Most About Being a Stay-at-Home Mom

Mommy Nearest | Posted 10.30.2015 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

It's all different now and in some ways it's better because, man, have I missed showering. But as I assemble my day of exercising, working and generally keeping busy, I realize it will probably never be quite as full as it was before. For better and for worse.

Repurposing Our Pain

Amy Crumpton | Posted 09.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Crumpton

photo at by Mathieu Nicolet My ten year-old came to the car with his toes only half in his tennis shoes and his foot hanging off the bac...

The Biggest Crier on the First Day of Kindergarten Wasn't My Daughter

Beth Grady | Posted 09.03.2016 | Parents
Beth Grady

It was my first back-to-school morning as a parent. You'd think I'd be doing the happy dance all the way to the car and heading straight to Target to celebrate. Instead I was speed walking with my head down.

Why No Warning Sign for Parents When Children Leave for College?

Tory Johnson | Posted 09.03.2016 | Parents
Tory Johnson

So how can I burst with excitement for my kids -- proud of their accomplishments, thrilled for their new adventure and all the good stuff awaiting them -- while feeling an emptiness and sadness, the depths of which I never imagined?

My Light, My Love And My Learning Curve

O, The Oprah Magazine | Pam Masin | Posted 09.10.2015 | OWN

I so loved being pregnant that I wished I could carry my son forever. The bigger I got, the more luxuriously contented I felt. And not just contented:...

7 Celebrity Empty Nesters Who Feel Your Back-To-School Pain

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.26.2015 | Fifty

Summer's nearly over. And for many parents, that means saying goodbye to their 18-year-olds heading off to college. It's the kids' first time being on...

9 Spectacular Reasons To Celebrate Being An Empty Nester

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.13.2015 | Fifty

Back-t0-school can be an emotional time for parents of college-bound children, what with all the moving, packing and saying goodbye to kids leaving ho...

When We Start Losing Our Mommy Super Powers

Kathy Radigan | Posted 07.14.2016 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Today I had a very hard realization. My mommy super powers, the tools I have used to banish monsters under the bed, thwart toddlers before they painted their whole rooms with diaper cream, or prevent a child's head from being used as a torpedo, are becoming much less powerful now that my kids are 16, 13, and 10.

15 Honest Reasons Not To Be Sad Your Kids Are Finally Growing Up

YourTango | Wendy Kay, Marni Battista, Dr. Karen Sherman, Sarah Newton, Dr. Sue Cornbluth | Posted 06.03.2015 | Fifty

What could bring parents more joy than their child's graduation? Being a parent is an amazing, albeit, tough part of some couples' lives. We know tha...

Don't Grow Up, Grow Beautifully

Kate Russell | Posted 05.15.2016 | Parents
Kate Russell

I picked up the piece of paper as tears started to sting my eyes. Those letters were proof that my baby is growing up. I looked at her, my strong, spirited, joyful girl and said, bursting with pride, "When did you learn to write?"

5 Lessons I Want My Daughter to Learn from 'The Golden Girls'

Mommy Nearest | Posted 05.12.2016 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

The Golden Girls shouldered each other's burdens and shared in each other's good times. It is funny, heartbreaking and beautiful to watch. I hope that my daughter is blessed with great friends with whom she can share both joy and sadness.

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.

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.

8 Things My Very Tall Daughter Can Expect

Ali Solomon | Posted 05.18.2015 | Parents
Ali Solomon

If people who see your your elongated limbs assume you run fast, are graceful or have coordination, don't correct them. By the time they learn the truth, you'll already be the team captain.

My Days Are Numbered

Allison Hart | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Allison Hart

I'm trying hard to relish the waning years of little-kidness remaining to me. Mostly, I have to be actively mindful of my limited time in this space. My kids are getting bigger. I have to get all the cuddles now.

The Grounds Behind Her Eyes

Jeff Bogle | Posted 03.25.2015 | 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.

Saying Goodbye to Our Kids' Childhoods, One Ritual at a Time

Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead

I turned away, my eyes filled with tears, as I put away the peanut butter and jelly. He's only 8. I'm not ready for this, I thought. It's all going by too fast.