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Growing Up

Why Childhood Friends Make The Best Friends

Robin Hoffman | Posted 08.21.2014 | Fifty
Robin Hoffman

The destruction I've wreaked upon my fingernails and all surrounding skin began shortly after starting a new school in third grade. Second grade had been a dream.

A Pause To Watch My Teenage Son Grow Up

Lillian Duggan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Lillian Duggan

I won't be there on the beach waiting, worrying about his safety, asking myself whether he put on enough sunscreen. Nor will my husband, or any other adult. My son will be an adult looking out for himself.

5 Things I've Realized Through Having a Child

Sara Morgan-Beckett | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Sara Morgan-Beckett

My daughter turns 1 today which is cause for much celebration; not only is it her first birthday but it marks the fact that my husband and I have made it through the first year without divorcing. No mean feat when you consider that's 365 quarrels over who's the most tired.

What Happened When My Daughter Asked For A Bra

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

I was not this cool about puberty when I was its target. Maybe it was Catholicism, maybe it was the '80s, but I did not look that business of growing up straight in the eyes.

Teen Interrupted

Alisa Schindler | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Alisa Schindler

I watch his hulking, itching to grow pre-teen body go. He's so far from that little boy in the crib, but there's still some baby left in there. And just like with all the milestones, this leap to teenager is bittersweet.

In Their Own Time

Christine French Cully | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Christine French Cully

How many times, I wonder, did I push my kids to do something before they were developmentally ready?

As You Wish

Maria Rodale | Posted 08.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, humorist and blogger Like many people, I have a list of what I call "always-watchable" movies. When I come across...

The Dawn of Old Face: Turning 30 Is All the Terrible Things They Said It Would Be

Katie Tandy | Posted 08.08.2014 | Women
Katie Tandy

I moved to Oakland two years ago on the cusp of my 28th birthday. Like so many spindly-rooted transplants before me, I was ready to leave NYC -- Brooklyn to be exact -- but knew New York was a hard act to follow.

When the Baby You Adore Becomes a Teenager

Kathy Radigan | Posted 08.07.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

Unlike the deep bouts of doubt I once had over whether I was a good actor or singer, or the doubts I can have today over whether I'm a good writer, blogger, gardener or even friend, I don't have too many over my ability as a mother.

You Don't Have to Conquer the World by 25

Unwritten | Posted 08.01.2014 | College
Unwritten

I'm guessing we are all going to have boring, ordinary weekends filled with Netflix and laundry. Because we are human beings. And that's life. It's not very Tweet-worthy, but we don't have to conquer the world in the next year or two to be successful.

The Myth of Adulthood

Annie Battles | Posted 07.23.2014 | 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.

Home Is Where the Heart Is and Other Lies

Katie Tandy | Posted 07.17.2014 | HuffPost Home
Katie Tandy

The knots in the wooden floor were raised so high they could send you sprawling. The linoleum tiles in the kitchen made my feet sweat. I hated that house.

5 Things You Happily Stop Doing By the Age of 40

Sara Morgan-Beckett | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Sara Morgan-Beckett

It doesn't get any more grown-up than 40. But I found that, with this realization, my shoulders noticeably dropped. I don't have to try so hard to be in the know. There's a freedom in becoming a bit of an old fart.

A Millennial's Letter to Her Future Daughter

Anna Hodge | Posted 07.16.2014 | Women
Anna Hodge

Whatever it is, even if you are a misfit or a rebel or a sorority girl or an entrepreneur or a round peg in a square hole or all of those things at once, always make sure you are living the life you want, not the one others think you should.

All The Women I Have Been

Jessica Pan | Posted 07.11.2014 | Women
Jessica Pan

Forgetting can be a beautiful thing, but sometimes we live too much in the present. We forget about all the girls and women we have been.

The Ladies Who (Serve) Lunch

Anthony Romeo | Posted 07.10.2014 | Education
Anthony Romeo

In a world where we're taught that "good fences make good neighbors," we've clung to the irrational rationale that the highest fence must, then, be the best. We tend to lose sight of minutia.

7 Reasons Why I Love Sending My Son to Sleepaway Camp

Mommy Nearest | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

I truly believe that sleepaway camp is one of the best gifts you can give your child -- and here's why.

Why I'd Give Anything For My Grown-Up Kids To Be Babies Again

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 07.07.2014 | Fifty
Sherri Kuhn

For the past few months, I have been going through this horrible, embarrassing midlife "thing" where I love babies. LOVE them. And because the stars are aligned or life is really cruel my Facebook and Instagram feeds seem to be overflowing with wee little ones who are sleeping, learning to walk, just born or maybe celebrating a first birthday.

Hang Up the Phone and Camp

Nancy Davis Kho | Posted 06.27.2014 | Parents
Nancy Davis Kho

These little one week and two week intervals in which a child gets to operate wholly independently of Mom and Dad offer something priceless: a glimmer that not only might independence be manageable, it might even be desirable.

A Letter to My 10-Year-Old Self

Candace Davis | Posted 06.26.2014 | Women
Candace Davis

I love the thought of time travel, especially traveling along the course of my own life. I think it's got a lot to do with recognizing how much my life has changed -- from who I was and what I expected as a 10-year-old to who I've become and how my expectations have changed.

I'm Not Religious, But I am a Little Buddhist

Annie Battles | Posted 06.24.2014 | Religion
Annie Battles

Meditation and Zen practice is a very personal business for my father, and while I would constantly see him meditating, I grew up unaware of the reasons why he did it.

The Pieces of Me

Robin Korth | Posted 07.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

I no longer have that hole in the center of me that aches for the comfort of feeling loved. That hole of need -- that no partner or lover could ever really fill -- is where these pieces that I set aside belonged. It was so very simple and elegant in the rightness of it all.

Want To Watch Your Entire Life Pass By In An Instant? Just Do This

Al DeLuise | Posted 06.21.2014 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

They say that when you are dying your entire life passes before your eyes in just an instant. There is another way to experience that sensation, of your entire life passing so quickly before you, one that leaves you in a much less permanent state of death. You want to watch your entire life pass before you in an instant? Just have kids.

My Parents Got Divorced When I Was 22 And I Still Want My Pity Party

Annie Battles | Posted 08.20.2014 | Women
Annie Battles

Both my mom and my dad are living much more fulfilling lives as separate entities, and I'm grateful for that. Sometimes I just wish I didn't have to trivialize my own experience once people hear that I wasn't technically a "child" of divorce.

29 Things I Know Now That I'm 29

Serena Dyer | Posted 08.19.2014 | Women
Serena Dyer

As I have realized certain people in my life don't energize me, but enervate me, I find myself walking away from them slowly and without much attention being brought to it. This has been a big lesson.