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Life Stages

The New Jet Lag: Transition, Age And Time

Sandra McDonald | Posted 08.08.2016 | Queer Voices
Sandra McDonald

My biological birth year puts me squarely in middle age, yet even as I dutifully provide the relevant birth date, I feel a sense of disconnect -- of not legitimately feeling part of that age group. For me, it's not the stereotypical mid-life denial; something much more fundamental causes my "age citizenship" to be on shaky ground.

'Transitions: A Guide To The 6 Stages Of A Successful Life Transition': Book Review

Ira Israel | Posted 06.21.2016 | Books
Ira Israel

Transitions are an essential part of life. They can be initiated by loss, adversity, the challenges of aging, or a subtle but persistent sense that t...

Forget the Plan and Embrace Life

Lori Axler | Posted 05.23.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Lori Axler

I took a risk many years ago when I accepted a job and moved from Philly to Manhattan without a place to live, which at the time was even more challenging than finding work. When the next opportunity presented itself, as unforeseen as it was, I embraced it.

Life Stages, Having It All and Fabulous New Piercings

Katie Kempner | Posted 03.09.2016 | Women
Katie Kempner

As my children enter their new stage of life and prepare to leave home, I enter a new stage, too. One where I can more completely focus on growing my business, spending more time with my husband and expanding my online show. And that is an exciting and scary thing.

I'm Entering The Empty Nest Stage Of Purses

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.03.2016 | Fifty

My daughter -- aka the love of my life, the reason for my next breath, my daily dose of sunshine -- will be leaving for college in the fall. I am alre...

5 Of The Best Beauty Tutorials For Mature Women

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 10.22.2015 | Fifty

Navigating the world of hair, beauty and fashion can be challenging as we get older. Luckily, there are other women our there who understand that mat...

Advice from Midlife

Tam Warner Minton | Posted 10.16.2015 | Fifty
Tam Warner Minton

Normal is a subjective word, and I find that I am constantly adjusting to the "new normal." At midlife, I am rediscovering some pretty simple truths: what is normal differs with each stage of life.

How Handbags Have Marked The Stages Of My Life

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.26.2016 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

Lately, I have been carrying a small cross-body bag inside my cavernous tote bag. 'Why two purses?' my stalwart husband asked when he caught me doubling up. 'You're not becoming a bag lady on me, are you?' No, I'm not becoming a bag lady. But I am transitioning.

21 Totally Frantic Thoughts Parents Of Toddlers Have At Dinnertime

The Huffington Post | Kate Auletta | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents

After a long day, no matter if you're a working or stay-at-home parent, dinnertime with a toddler can be a total struggle. First, you have to physical...

Sleep Troubles In Middle Age Tied To Dissatisfaction With Life

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 06.09.2015 | Fifty

We've long known that quality of sleep can depend on a variety of factors -- everything from the lighting in your room to the feel of your mattress. B...

Dolls and Princesses and Pretend Weddings, Ages and Stages and Phases -- Oh My!

Christopher Phillips | Posted 05.05.2016 | Parents
Christopher Phillips

Every time I both celebrate and mourn my 8-year-old's passing from one stage and entry into another, I thank my lucky stars that I have another daughter, Cybele, almost seven years her junior.

The Hands I Want to Hold

Jennie Sutherland | Posted 03.25.2015 | Parents
Jennie Sutherland

These little sausage fingers are learning how to sign "more" and "please" and "milky." They awkwardly clap and playfully mimic peek-a-boo. Soon, they will hold a pencil as you learn how to express your ideas, thoughts and dreams.

How To Tell A First-Time Parent From All The Rest

Lauren Cormier | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Lauren Cormier

When given the opportunity to go somewhere by themselves, they spend half the time missing their child and half the time calling home to check on their child.

Stages, Hugs and Jelly Shoes

Alessandra Macaluso | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Alessandra Macaluso

Putting away the jellies of course feels like waving goodbye to summer, to warm weather, light clothes and celebrations of her first birthday and baptism. But the looming chore of putting the jellies away also reminds me of something that happened last year.

Subtle Shifts

Sara Goldfarb | Posted 11.11.2014 | Parents
Sara Goldfarb

I just stared at her, my jaw lying on the floor. What was happening? Was this a dream? Where was my daughter and who on earth was this heaven-sent angel standing before me?

Dear Mom On The iPhone: You're Doing Fine

Jennifer Hicks | Posted 10.11.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Hicks

I don't know you. I don't know your story. But I do know that you don't need to watch every hop, skip, jump, twirl, swing, bite, song, dance, blink or breath to be a good mom.

Today My Arms Really Ache

Bridgette White | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Bridgette White

As I take in everything about him, my sweet nephew, I start to feel that ache from deep inside scream out to me again

How 'Life Reimagined' Is Changing The Future For Boomers

John Tarnoff | Posted 08.24.2014 | Fifty
John Tarnoff

Emilio Pardo has been a visionary communicator and branding executive for most of his professional life. While many Boomers find themselves forced to pivot to a new career, Pardo found himself called to upgrade his life path, driven by a sense of purpose that he could not ignore. We discussed his journey over the phone from his office in Washington D.C.

Newlywed? How To Maximize Your Insurance For Every Stage of Life (INFOGRAPHIC)

Posted 10.09.2013 | Business

Getting married, having kids and buying a house are a few of the major milestones that you may experience in your life. And while many of these life s...

Dare to Be 100: How Old Is Old?

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 09.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

To be 500 is not old if you are a tree. But for us humans, a different calendar applies. A good place to start in addressing this question is to refl...

Two Words That Hit Home When We Got Rid Of The Baby Stuff

Monica Bielanko | Posted 04.20.2013 | Parents
Monica Bielanko

I tried to understand why I feel so attached to these inanimate objects; how any of us can feel so beholden to tiny onesies, shoes, a toy car, a threadbare stuffed animal. It could be nostalgia for the babies our children used to be, sadness that perhaps our baby days are over forever.

A Woman in-Between: Finding Power and Peace in Our Late 40's

Mallory McDuff, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2013 | Women
Mallory McDuff, Ph.D.

On my 47th birthday, I found myself between three bald men in their 60s and a good-looking but trashed guy in his 30s. To be clear, I was standing between two groups on the dance floor and searching for my people, the hipsters in their late 40s with emerging wrinkles.

What I'll Miss In The Next Phase Of My Life

Allison Tate | Posted 03.16.2013 | Parents
Allison Tate

I'm caught between the age of fertility -- of nausea, butterfly-wing kicks that can take my breath away, swollen breasts and baby blankets -- and the afterward. For the past ten years, an ellipsis has hovered over my head and heart as I wondered if another face would come to our family.

FACE IT: Hitting the Aging Trifecta

Michele Willens | Posted 10.31.2012 | Fifty
Michele Willens

When does one officially know midlife is a thing of the past? Some claim it is when your first child turns 40 or the first time you are called "Nana" or "Grammy." For others, it is when not one word can be read without glasses, or when they can't find the damn glasses. This is when I knew.

My Life, My Purse

Ann Brenoff | Posted 01.31.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

In the late '60s, I -- like every other self-respecting hippie teenage girl -- lugged my daily necessities around in a large Indian-print woven shoulder bag. It was a large satchel without pockets, organizers or even a top closure. When the knit strap broke, as it did with great regularity, my worldly possessions would scatter on the ground and I'd have to get down on my hands and knees to shovel them back into the satchel.