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Growing Up

I Wasn't Supported for Years and Here's Why

Stephenie Zamora | Posted 09.17.2014 | Women
Stephenie Zamora

I believed that no one wanted to take care of me, that I had to do it all myself, and that being so independent was a positive personality trait. I became so independent because I held a false belief and interacted with others and the world in a way that prompted them to reinforce that belief.

Subtle Shifts

Sara Goldfarb | Posted 09.11.2014 | 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?

Why I Stopped Waiting

Susannah Lewis | Posted 09.10.2014 | Parents
Susannah Lewis

We wait for a holiday, a vacation, a break, a change. We sigh, we tap our foot, we moan about long lines, days of the week, seconds on the clock. We wait and we wait, and we don't realize that in the grand scheme of things, all of this slow waiting is hiding the fact that time is flying.

Please Do Grow Up

Wendy Bradford | Posted 09.08.2014 | Parents
Wendy Bradford

I remember when I realized I had a daughter and not just a baby. It was as if the planet shifted, and I felt close to slipping off. All the hard edges revealed themselves, and it occurred to me I would be teaching a girl how to be in a world I had not yet figured out.

There is More to Life Than Freshman Year

Susan Kaufman | Posted 09.08.2014 | College
Susan Kaufman

Sometimes you have to completely throw yourself into something and not look up until all you see is clear sky. I think expectations, snap judgments, and insecurities cloud the conscience; they keep us from living and investing in the present.

Why I Trained Myself To Be Emotionless

Literally, Darling | Posted 09.09.2014 | Women
Literally, Darling

My friends would at times call me a robot, laid back, cold. I took pleasure out of this -- to me it was proof that I had succeeded.

Learning to Cope: What Kilimanjaro Taught Me

Molly Sprayregen | Posted 09.03.2014 | Travel
Molly Sprayregen

We spent six days working toward spending about six minutes at that peak, but those six minutes gave me something that I will carry with me for the rest of my life: confidence in my strength.

Adventures in Hiking and Parenting

Mary E. Graham | Posted 09.03.2014 | Parents
Mary E. Graham

In a perfect world, our daughters would get a perfect mix of both our personalities, only the best parts. We could choose to pass on the traits that are healthy and leave the messy ones behind. They would have their daddy's willingness to serve and be a little less bossy than their mommy.

A Simple Question, A LEGO Kit and What I Learned

Amanda Magee | Posted 09.02.2014 | Parents
Amanda Magee

I cracked an eye, she beamed at me. I tried to keep it open, but the pull of sleep and the resistance to all that the day would hold was too strong. She was still as I drifted off again. Dreams and thoughts chest bumped in my mind, good sleep was over. I opened my eyes.

For This Pretty Tame Bad Girl, Camp Taught Me How to Cope

TueNight | Posted 09.02.2014 | Women
TueNight

The atmosphere can be simultaneously congenial and competitive, intimate and exclusionary. In a space the size of typical two-car garage, a variety of personality types are thrust together, forced to navigate an often-complicated jumble of events and emotions. And, if you were like I was years ago, you loved it.

My Son Is a Little Different Now That Camp Is Over

TueNight | Posted 09.04.2014 | Parents
TueNight

As a mom, I'm so proud to see him grow into the young man I've always hoped and knew he could be. And at the same time, it's impossible to keep from tearing up when I think about how soon he'll be packing up to leave to blaze his own trail.

Emotional Constipation: An Adult Disease?

Tami Shaikh | Posted 09.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Tami Shaikh

As adults do we just become emotionally constipated, is it an age-related characteristic? Do we lock up our insecurities and joys because we fear what people will think? Aside from all the other physical changes that we deal with, do we become more protective of our feelings?

So Empty Is My Nest

Bushra Alvi | Posted 08.29.2014 | Parents
Bushra Alvi

A parent's love for a child is the strongest and purest bond of all humanity and for this reason one of the hardest things for a parent to do is to wave goodbye as their child leaves for college.

MISSING: One Bunny Boy

Miranda Gargasz | Posted 08.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Miranda Gargasz

All those well-meaning mothers with all their time-tested advice neglected to let me in on the pain that is mothering. How many mothers told me when I was pregnant that one day I'll turn around and a half-formed man will be living in my house and my precious baby will be missing? How many mothers told me that the day will come when I can't coax him into bunny ears for a picture even if I promised him unlimited video game time? How many mothers told me how much my heart will hurt when I realize my baby simply isn't a baby anymore?

The Days When It's Most Important To Keep Going

Amanda Dai | Posted 08.26.2014 | Teen
Amanda Dai

I realized I didn't just improve my skills as a gymnast. After today, I grew as a person. Because on days like these, if you can push yourself one step further, that's when you get immeasurably stronger.

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.

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.