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Kids Growing Up

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 09.18.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Amy Crumpton

photo at stocksnap.io 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 ba...

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

Beth Grady | Posted 09.03.2015 | 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 09.03.2015 | 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 con...

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 07.14.2015 | 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 05.15.2015 | 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 05.13.2015 | 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.

Santa Guilt

Miranda Gargasz | Posted 02.11.2015 | Parents
Miranda Gargasz

He feels like the magic of Christmas was stolen away. I feel like my little boy just lost the last thing that made him a little boy. He mourns the loss of Santa Claus and so do I, for vastly different reasons, but leaving us both with this hollow space inside.

Letters to Hadley: Risks

Liz Olson | Posted 01.17.2015 | Women
Liz Olson

Physical risks are good to take because they'll remind you that your body is capable and incredible. But emotional risk are even better. Because they'll remind you how many feelings your capable body can hold.

The 5 Ways I Promise Not to Embarrass My Daughters

Erica Ford | Posted 12.14.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

I promise not to flop onto her bed when her friends are over, fan out a bunch of Tiger Beat magazines and ask, "So who do you guys think is cuter? Zack from Saved by the Bell, or Ricky from Silver Spoons?"*

Having a Daughter: Learning to Conquer the Fear of Fatherhood

R.C. Liley | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
R.C. Liley

Why is it that so many feel it's more terrifying for a father to raise a little girl instead of a boy? If I had a boy, I know I'd be less wary of what's to come and would feel less terrified about the day he goes off on his own. But for Avery, so many things speed through my mind about what could happen as she ventures off into the scary world.

Why I Want My Daughter to Learn Ballet

Mommy Nearest | Posted 11.19.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

I am so excited for my 3-year-old daughter to start ballet class next week. She has been wearing her ballet shoes and leotard around the house and practicing her twirling in anticipation of the big day. She's excited because she adores dancing and pretty outfits. I'm excited for different reasons.

The Final Adventure of Nicky, the Skunk and the Dinosaur

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 11.04.2014 | Parents
Scott Behson, PhD

Most of the time, I stayed for a quick story and was glad I did. But now I look back and miss the Skunk and the Dinosaur, and I kick myself for not fully appreciating the stories at the time.

The Two Biggest Secrets of Parenthood

Sarah Smiley | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

I was truly horrified when Ford learned to ride a bike eight years ago. I actually had to go inside and let Dustin handle the lessons. In one afternoon, my firstborn child became intimately familiar with the pavement.

The Deep Water Testd

David Kirsch | Posted 10.22.2014 | Parents
David Kirsch

Parenting is a series of "deep water tests." How we love, guide, teach and nurture our children through life's tests will help our children be all that they can be.