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6 Uncelebrated Milestones of Childhood

Angela Keck | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents
Angela Keck

These are the milestones no one talks about, but everyone would certainly notice if your child never reached one, or all, of these before leaving for college!

30 Struggles Only A 3-Year-Old Would Understand

Mommy Nearest | Posted 10.20.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

Being 3 is tough. You're not a baby anymore, but you're not a big kid yet, either. You're expected to do what you're told, but now you have mind of your own. Uh-oh! Here are 30 times when, for a 3-year-old, the struggle is real.

What Happened When I Found Photos Of My Father's Lover

Katie Tandy | Posted 10.16.2014 | Women
Katie Tandy

I open the envelope, the glossy pictures sticking to my fingers and to one another. The first one I don't recognize -- it's somewhere in the woods, but not my woods. The second one I don't recognize either -- it's cliffs and water, yellow flowers. Confusion crawls over me.

10 Ways To Feel Less Like A Grown-Up

Jen Glantz | Posted 10.14.2014 | Women
Jen Glantz

Three years ago, when the clubs shut down at 4 a.m., I was sad -- why did the deafening beats and the dance moves have to end at 4 a.m.? Why, why, why? Now, when (if) I go out, I'm starting to plot my exit strategy before the clock strikes Cinderella's curfew.

10 Things I Want My Child to Learn By Age 10

Mommy Nearest | Posted 10.10.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

Raising a girl takes me back to my own childhood and brings up memories -- both good and bad -- of how fun, wonderful and difficult it can be navigating the move from child to tween.

Helping Our Children Starts With Listening To Them

Carol Dyanti | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Carol Dyanti

Every child is their own person, with their own complications, and the job of a mother is a very impossible but very sacred one. It is my job, and I would like to suggest the job of each of us, to love them, to create a better world for them, no matter what.

Inspired by Moments of Emotional Brilliance -- Tender and Tuned In: Part 1

Miriam Mason Martineau | Posted 10.08.2014 | Parents
Miriam Mason Martineau

Over the past few months I have witnessed a few of those and find myself heartened every time I ponder them. I'd like to share some of them with you in a three-part blog series.

Having a Daughter: Learning to Conquer the Fear of Fatherhood

R.C. Liley | Posted 10.02.2014 | Parents
R.C. Liley

Why is it that so many feel it's more terrifying for a father to raise a little girl instead of a boy? If I had a boy, I know I'd be less wary of what's to come and would feel less terrified about the day he goes off on his own. But for Avery, so many things speed through my mind about what could happen as she ventures off into the scary world.

6 Things That Surprise Me About My Kids

Mommy Nearest | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

At night I write down things in my journal that surprised me most that day, along with moments that spoke to my heart and inspired me. Most of the time, I'm writing about my son and daughter. Here are a few ways they have surprised me most.

Sleeping in the Middle of the Bed

Robin Korth | Posted 09.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

Of course, I would like a partner and special friend in my life. I would love to have a confidant and lover. If this man shows up -- wonderful! If he doesn't show up -- wonderful! I don't need to fill the other side of the bed anymore. Because being with my "self" is enough now. I am enough.

The Power of Positive Thinking

Aimee Hedman | Posted 09.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Aimee Hedman

Believing in my abilities is an integral part of obtaining true success. Without believing in myself, I can never reach the fruition of my own potential. I am convinced there is no greater gift we can give ourselves than to go after our goals with the belief that we can and will succeed.

I'm No Longer A 'Good Girl'

Robin Korth | Posted 09.25.2014 | Women
Robin Korth

My life was all about how I fit into other people's lives -- as mother, sister, daughter, wife, teacher, student and friend. I didn't know I was allowed to have my own life. As a good woman, I am a full partner in my own life.

30 Things You Must Do Before You Turn 30

Kerry O'Brien | Posted 10.05.2014 | Comedy
Kerry O'Brien

Upon realizing life was speeding by me faster than ever, I decided to cook up a list of 30 things I absolutely must do before I turn 30 and I am happy to report that I have recently accomplished them all!

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?