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Childhood Memories

No Longer a Mom to Single-Digits: Parenting Two Preteens

Rachel Blaufeld | Posted 07.23.2013 | Parents
Rachel Blaufeld

I was excited to watch my big guy hit these marks because they were all so new, and I had no idea what it would ultimately mean. This time, I know. I know it is the end of an era. It means saying goodbye to a much simpler time.

The Very Best Time To Attend A High School Reunion

Audrey van Petegem | Posted 06.09.2014 | Fifty
Audrey van Petegem

Have you ever gone to a high school reunion? I think back about my 10-year high school reunion and remember how it was all about what we were doing with our lives, what college we had gone to, where we were living and the career paths we chose. I was thinking that going to a high school reunion in my 50s would be somewhat the same. It wasn't.

Who My Mother Was When She Wasn't My Mom

Monica Bielanko | Posted 07.20.2013 | Women
Monica Bielanko

Moms have a way of settling their features into Mom Face when their children are around. But have you ever glimpsed your mom when she didn't know you were watching? The mask of motherhood slips away revealing the raw expression of the woman she was before you came along.

From Starlet to Stage Frightened Target

Ombretta Di Dio | Posted 07.14.2013 | Impact
Ombretta Di Dio

From being Baby Jesus in the live reenactment of the nativity in pre-school, to representing an essential component of a ribbon number in a gymnastics sketch a few years later, I always managed to get the best part -- as well as the hate of every single classmate.

Life Lessons Learned From My Toddler

Toni Nagy | Posted 07.16.2013 | Parents
Toni Nagy

Toddlerhood is a challenging stage. My daughter has the newfound ability to express her wants, needs and excessively irrational, endless, countless, infinite demands with words, yet lacks the decency to keep it to herself.

Why I Stopped Feeling Guilty About My Divorce

Cynthia L. Copeland | Posted 07.08.2013 | Divorce
Cynthia L. Copeland

Jack bounded down the stairs and thrust sheets of lined paper at me. "Mom, would you check over my essay for English? I'll be back after practice." It...

Do They Have a Hallmark Card for That?

Jamie Krug | Posted 07.07.2013 | Parents
Jamie Krug

What if motherhood puts an even greater distance between an already estranged mother-daughter relationship? What if it makes you feel even less connected to your mother, makes your understanding of her motives and choices during your childhood that much more elusive?

Occupy Childhood, or How I Learned to Love the Moment

Whit Honea | Posted 06.12.2013 | Parents
Whit Honea

My sons take their seats, the motor kicks on and the swings start turning to the right in a soft, careful circle. It is their spotlight. It is as wide as a slow dance and twice as wild. Their hearts beat accordingly. They pass me by again and again. The only thing that changes is the calendar.

How I Revisited My Past With The Help Of Two Former Teachers

Lisa Belkin | Posted 05.26.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Belkin

I would not have 'known them anywhere.' Forty years is a long time, and we, all four of us, are now blurred and softened versions of the ones who'd spent nearly every day together long ago.

A World War II Veteran's Lost Diary Finally Comes Home

Dorian de Wind | Posted 05.06.2013 | Good News
Dorian de Wind

As soon as Wayland saw and read the diary, she knew she had a treasure in her hands, but one that had to be returned to Nowak's surviving loved ones. This became Wayland's mission -- her noble obsession.

Dinner at Gam Wah

Gillian Clark | Posted 03.19.2013 | DC
Gillian Clark

I spent a great deal of my childhood in the back of my father's station wagon. I'd stretch my neck and eyeballs as far as I could from the backseat. There was one restaurant in particular that never failed to capture my attention.

Rx for Adult Play Year Round

Stevanne Auerbach | Posted 02.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Stevanne Auerbach

Whatever you select to play with, make it a great opportunity to learn something new, be more creative, and take ample time to relax, and experience more joyful play times.

The Smells That Remind Me of Home, From Trisha Yearwood (WATCH)

Posted 08.15.2013 | MarloThomas

When Trisha Yearwood joined me on Mondays With Marlo, we reminisced about the smells that remind us of home. Trisha remembered how wonderful it was to...

My Daughter's Reaction to My Childhood 'Princess Phone'

Janie Emaus | Posted 02.03.2013 | Fifty
Janie Emaus

It wasn't even my own private number, but the one my family shared. It had a long extension cord so I could move around my room, but that was as far as I could go. Nonetheless, it was a symbol of independence. I could talk without anyone listening to my conversations. Or so I thought.

What Will They Remember?

Wendy Bradford | Posted 01.26.2013 | Parents
Wendy Bradford

I hope that when they are older and discuss among themselves how we went many places, and did many things, and that mom took a lot of photos of them, they will also remember how we say "I love you" so many times a day.

Winter Memories (WATCH)

Posted 11.24.2012 | MarloThomas

As winter draws near, I can't help but recall one wonderful memory of the first snow I saw in LA. It never snowed in LA, so my parents let my siblings...

Why My Kids Will Never Understand My Nostalgia For Twinkies

Ronna Benjamin | Posted 01.20.2013 | Fifty
Ronna Benjamin

My organic-vegan-pure food-college-kid has never had a Ho Ho or a Ding Dong. She doesn't understand the magic of a naturally and artificially-flavored Hostess fruit pie.

Lil' Monsters, Unleashed

Nikki Luongo | Posted 12.24.2012 | Healthy Living
Nikki Luongo

Halloween is fast approaching and all the excitement that has been building all month is finally going to come to a head on Wednesday, Oct. 31, a night of trick-or-treaters, Halloween parties, monster movie marathons and haunted houses.

A Different Day, a Different Time

Ron Brounes | Posted 12.18.2012 | Parents
Ron Brounes

When I was growing up (half a century ago), life was different. Telephones had rotary dials and did not double as game consoles. Kids sat next to the TV because we didn't have remote controls to change to the other three channels and rabbit ears needed constant adjustments.

The Parenting Vow I Haven't Been Able To Keep

Babble.com | Posted 11.05.2012 | Parents
Babble.com

You caught me. All of our idealistic parenting philosophies have flown out the window. And the vow to never let our kids play up is one of them.

Road Trip Tests A Boy's Bravery Without Mom -- Or His Teddy

DesMoinesRegister.com | Carroll McKibben | Posted 09.05.2012 | Healthy Living

A tottering old bus, something of a chicken coop on wheels, screeched to a stop where I waited hand-in-hand with my mother. I was about to take my fir...

Sharing More than Attention with Siblings

Hilary Sheinbaum | Posted 10.13.2012 | Parents
Hilary Sheinbaum

I have a twin... sort of. He's taller, blonder and better at math than me. He's also nine years my junior.

Why I've Never Been Able To Go Home Again

Teresa Link | Posted 10.08.2012 | Fifty
Teresa Link

Each time we left a house, I bid tearful farewells and promises to return to my friends: the towering hemlock, whose fragrant needles cushioned me in my reading nest; the screen door whose easy slap announced our comings and goings; the curve of the dormer ceiling in what had been my bedroom. I never returned, never, to any of them.

On the Copy Machine

Pandora Boxx | Posted 10.07.2012 | Gay Voices
Pandora Boxx

Memories are cherished pieces of our individual histories. Whether they are good or bad, all that came before us makes up who we are today. They guide us to our futures and remind us of our pasts. On the copy machine lies part of my family and its history.

Foam Is Where the Heart Is

Charlie Carillo | Posted 09.29.2012 | New York
Charlie Carillo

I'm probably the only person in the world who's watching the Olympic swimming events and thinking: Boy oh boy, they sure kick up a lot of foam!