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24 Things That You're Only Proud Of In College

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 10.02.2014 | College

College is a time to explore yourself and the world around you. It's about figuring out what you and life are all about. But let's be honest, our stan...

Please Step On My Grass: New Adulthood in American Culture

Lila Kalick | Posted 09.16.2014 | Women
Lila Kalick

Becoming more self-aware in the process of aging is the hard earned prize of our adult lives. It's what gives and will give us the authority to speak with conviction to younger generations. It doesn't make us children.

The Truth About Being 40

Lindsey Mead | Posted 09.16.2014 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

Forty has answered many -- most? -- of the big questions that haunted my young adulthood. Forty is about embracing the reality that those answers have built.

10 Things I Didn't Expect About Being A Grown-Up

Kate Hall | Posted 08.26.2014 | Parents
Kate Hall

I thought peer pressure was done when I left high school. It's a bit easier not to give in to it now, but it's still there, rearing its ugly head in the form of Mommy Wars and keeping up with the Joneses.

I Am A Princess Pan

April Brucker | Posted 08.12.2014 | Women
April Brucker

Recently in my travels, I overheard a conversation where the term "Princess Pan" was uttered. It was in reference to the unmarried, childless niece of...

The Myth of Adulthood

Annie Battles | Posted 09.22.2014 | Comedy
Annie Battles

Part of growing up, it would seem, is slowly realizing one's perspective is not the only one to exist. This realization is a slower process, however, than one would imagine.

Why You Must Play With Your Teens

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 09.13.2014 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

I am not suggesting that you make a u-turn and start being your teen's friend. I'm suggesting instead that you remember to teach your child about the importance of work, the importance of love and the importance of play.

Staying in a College Town Over the Summer

Alexis Jane Torre | Posted 09.13.2014 | College
Alexis Jane Torre

As cliché as this probably sounds, college isn't just some step in your journey. It is its own adventure, filled with endless opportunities and lessons. And, where you are is a big part of that journey.

18 Photos To Remind You That Growing Old Is Inevitable, But Growing Up Is Optional

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 06.05.2014 | Comedy

When did you get so old?!!?!

Yagana Shah

5 Ways We Wish We Were More Like Our Boomer Parents

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.13.2014 | Fifty

Regardless of which generation we belong to, at some point we've all rolled our eyes at our parents when they dish out unsolicited advice or state the...

10 Ways I Am Failing Adulthood

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

When I look back on the efficient, well-oiled machine that was my childhood household, I don't remember as much chaos, scrambling and disorder.

Freedom With a Twist of Maturity

Susan Kaufman | Posted 07.05.2014 | College
Susan Kaufman

The only reason I actually studied and did my work in high school, I thought, was to get into a good college and to keep my parents out of my hair. But now that I am at good college, why am I still working hard?

Want More Happiness? It's Hidden in the Ordinary

Tamara Star | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Tamara Star

The joy I end up feeling as I go to bed with every piece of laundry in its proper place always surprises me. The task I hate most actually makes me happy when I do it in this ritualistic way.

Yagana Shah

13 Signs We Never Really Grow Up

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 03.31.2014 | Fifty

They say the grass is always greener -- and that never holds true more than when it comes to age. As kids we long for the freedom to be able to do wha...

This Is What 33 Really Looks Like

Kylah Goodfellow Klinge | Posted 05.05.2014 | Women
Kylah Goodfellow Klinge

It is the age when you accept that going through your 20s with too steely a resolve and determined a course would have made you much less interesting than you are today. It is where, unconsidered change behind you, you can see more clearly the grander choices ahead.

Revisiting the Books We Loved

Ellen Dulsky Watkins | Posted 04.01.2014 | Books
Ellen Dulsky Watkins

Turning the pages of an old and adored book allows me a wistful glimpse of my less-than-a-decade old mind. As I crack the dusty spine and reread familiar sentences, I recall what enchanted me as a child.

Things I Thought Before I Knew

Amy Flory | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Amy Flory

I still don't have the answers, but for a girl who doesn't love surprises, I am more and more comfortable with the mysteries of life. My goal is the same as my father's before me, to "screw my kids up just a little less than my parents did me."

Things You Do When You're an Adult

Lindsey Mead | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

What is this about? Is it stubborn denial? Do we all still think of ourselves as 18? The aches in my back, weakness in my knee and wrinkles on my face all speak to my actual age. As do the, you know, children. And yet. And still.

Celebrating Imperfection

Rabbi Mary Zamore | Posted 01.28.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Mary Zamore

Our communal expectations, created by society and pounded into our psyches by seasonal advertising, are that when we celebrate our holidays -- Chanukah, Thanksgiving, Christmas (for non-Jews) and even secular New Year's -- we should have a perfect holiday.

Recent Grad. Gainfully Employed. Hopelessly Miserable.

Tré Easton | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Tré Easton

So. I graduated this past May to begin my life anew as a so called "grown-up" in the proverbial "real world." I never really cared for that phrase--the real world. As if to say the world in which I was living was somehow removed from reality. Oh wait. It actually was.

10 Things You Should've Learned In High School

Brie Dyas | Posted 12.24.2013 | HuffPost Home
Brie Dyas

If my college-age neighbors are any indication, the next generation is an absolute mess. I'm not even talking about "life" messes (finding a job, getting married, etc.) but physical messes. This is my grandmother's generation's nightmare.

Who's The Adult In Your Family?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 12.10.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

In every family, there is one person who bubbles to the surface and becomes the family adult. Adults are the ones who bear the responsibility. It's being the person in the room -- or the family -- who wears the sign 'The buck stops here.'

Never Too Old for Halloween

Nikki Luongo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Nikki Luongo

It's impossible to believe, but in less than three weeks, it'll be Halloween again. It's impossible to believe because it's nearly 80 degrees and instead of being blistery cold, it's like another August, but of course it's not.

Can Parents Be Friends With Their Kids?

Daphne Wayans | Posted 09.11.2013 | Parents
Daphne Wayans

Although I am yet in the infantile stages of adulthood with my eldest, from this vantage point, I can already see that the steps I have taken to raise my children, and the care with which I have done it, has resulted in a genuine friendship. And a friendship of choice, not one of obligation.

The Difference Between Being Sexually Empowered and Twerking

Stefanie Williams | Posted 10.28.2013 | Women
Stefanie Williams

I am all about sex and owning your sh*t. But to conflate sexuality with a 20-year-old's ego and say that everything she does is edgy, trendy, on the verge and in some cases artistic is doing nothing for women.