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Does Wanting More Put Me on the Naughty or Nice List?

Katie Tandy | Posted 12.23.2014 | Women
Katie Tandy

Wanting money for money's sake is bad, but needing money to maintain a certain quality of life is good. But what exactly does that mean? What is this elusive future "life"? And just what does it cost to maintain it?

Growing Up and Out of Santa

Kathy Radigan | Posted 12.19.2014 | Parents
Kathy Radigan

I'm feeling a little wistful this year because I fear that it may be the last Christmas that we have a true believer in our family. Our youngest child is 9 and in the fourth grade. I was a year younger when I found out that there was no such thing as Santa. Or as I remember it, the day I took my first step into adulthood.

Santa Guilt

Miranda Gargasz | Posted 12.12.2014 | Parents
Miranda Gargasz

He feels like the magic of Christmas was stolen away. I feel like my little boy just lost the last thing that made him a little boy. He mourns the loss of Santa Claus and so do I, for vastly different reasons, but leaving us both with this hollow space inside.

What Has Becoming A Parent Done To Me?

Alishia Osborn | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Alishia Osborn

Becoming a parent has done something wicked to me. Instead of waiting for the future, I sometimes find myself trapped in the past.

When I Tried To Be a New Yorker

Stephanie Harper | Posted 12.03.2014 | Women
Stephanie Harper

New York became my solution. I'd always had a sort of romantic view of New York, and this would be my opportunity to live out this fantasy.

Letters to Hadley: Boy Friends

Liz Olson | Posted 12.03.2014 | Women
Liz Olson

My first best friend was a boy. His name was Nicholas, and I met him in Kindergarten. He was very good at the monkey bars and so was I, and so we became friends.

How Harry Potter And T.S. Eliot Showed Me My Kids Growing Up Isn't Quite So Sad

Amanda Magee | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
Amanda Magee

We caught the girls playing with one another's hair, singing to each other in the long lines, helping with stuck zippers or big words. They slept in a tangle each night and ran shoulder-to-shoulder all day. They were aware of each other in a way that they are of their friends, "Oh, you, yes, I like you. Let's laugh together."

Letters to Hadley: Looks

Liz Olson | Posted 11.25.2014 | Women
Liz Olson

The world has a habit of judging people on their looks. I wish it were different, but it's not. You'll quickly learn that everyone has an opinion on what's pretty and it's virtually unavoidable to not feel the weight of those expectations.

Yagana Shah

9 Hilarious Ways Parents Have Tried To Get Their Kids To Move Out | Yagana Shah | Posted 11.25.2014 | Fifty

Empty nesters -- it could be a lot worse. While the quiet rooms of your home may feel like a bleak reality, for some parents it's something they can o...

How to Tell if You're Plateauing (And What to Do About It)

Kayla Matthews | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Kayla Matthews

Use any failures you experience to motivate your future successes. Feel great about the fact that you tried and failed as opposed to never trying at all. It might sound a little cheesy, but perspective is optional and how you choose yours will influence how happy and satisfied you are with your life.

Extended Breastfeeding: My Uncensored Story

Mommy Nearest | Posted 11.20.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

The end is near, and even though I know we're both ready, it is still very bitter sweet. Just like carrying your baby in your womb and feeling their little kicks and punches, breastfeeding your child is something no one else will ever be able to experience.

7 Things I Stopped Worrying About As A Parent

Jeff Bogle | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Jeff Bogle

Stop fretting over every decision and quit judging yourself against the people of the Internet. Half that crap is Photoshopped, anyway. Here are the seven things I finally stopped worrying about as a parent, and in turn, have made me a better, happier parent almost instantly.

Letters to Hadley: Risks

Liz Olson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Women
Liz Olson

Physical risks are good to take because they'll remind you that your body is capable and incredible. But emotional risk are even better. Because they'll remind you how many feelings your capable body can hold.

Letters to Hadley: On Kissing

Liz Olson | Posted 11.14.2014 | Women
Liz Olson

Jeff wrote me a song that he sang in front of the whole school and I thought I was lucky that the same boy who was my first kiss would also be my last, because I was sure I was going to marry him.

The Importance Of Staying True To Yourself At College

Bianca Hayes | Posted 11.12.2014 | Teen
Bianca Hayes

I was raised to believe that I am capable of doing whatever I put my mind to, so to actually be in the real world and see that I can put in the work to control my own destiny amazes me.

Why I Never Want To Fall In Love Again

Katie Tandy | Posted 11.11.2014 | Women
Katie Tandy

I had just gotten my head above water. Why, oh why, did he have to appear? Why, oh why, was I forged as an all-or-nothing human? Couldn't I just have dinner and some casual sex like normal people? Did I have to want to rip everyone's face off and subsume myself?

Why This Middle-Aged Mom Is Only Pretending To Be An Adult

Ethlie Ann Vare | Posted 11.13.2014 | Fifty
Ethlie Ann Vare

Here's the thing. I'm only in disguise as an adult. I'm not talking about 50 is the new 40, or 'How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?' I know how old I am. I'm 4. Okay, somewhere between 4 and... 11 and 3/4.

That Moment When Your Last Baby Says She Doesn't Want To Grow Up

Amanda Magee | Posted 11.07.2014 | Parents
Amanda Magee

A quiet moment and a sound different from anything I'd heard at the table happened. Finley, her head resting on the table, arms crossed beneath her face like a cradle. Her voice no more than a squeak, I missed it the first time.

A Life Comes Shining Through

Robin Korth | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

Perhaps your life has become someone else's idea of what you should be doing. Perhaps that you that sparked and shimmered in your dreams has winked small. Perhaps it is time to journey through your years and revisit and reclaim the child, the teen, the young adult.

"Don't Play with Your Food" and Other Offenses

Emily Waltman | Posted 11.04.2014 | College
Emily Waltman

We deviate less and less in our thinking with our increasing age -- there's no doubt about it. But I'm also confident that the power to mitigate this trend rests in our hands.

Little Feet To Love And Let Go

Shari Medini | Posted 11.03.2014 | Parents
Shari Medini

There are two little pairs of feet that I brought into this world and I love them dearly. I have kissed those feet, washed them, tickled them and watched them grow.

5 Concepts Completely Shattered in Your 20s

Liz Kaydanovsky | Posted 11.03.2014 | Women
Liz Kaydanovsky

When we're young, we're all superheroes: indestructible. We believe that tragedies only happen in movies. In my 20s, I learned a hard lesson over and over again: Modern-day evils we call sickness, disease and death are merciless.

How Having Kids Helped Me Grow Up

Amy Julia Becker | Posted 10.31.2014 | Parents
Amy Julia Becker

Having children forced me to slow down, to let go of concerns about order and deadlines and status. I was forced to accept my own limitations, and accepting those limitations ultimately led to letting go of control. Accepting my own limitations ultimately led me to learn how to love.

When Home Is Everywhere

Jessica Rosenberg | Posted 10.31.2014 | Women
Jessica Rosenberg

I grew up in a different world. A world filled with French bread and yummy cheese; with snacks made of bread, butter and chocolate; with classy children's clothes and outdoor markets. I grew up in France, and for the first seven years of my life, that was the only world I knew.

Why This Happily Married Woman's First Love Is Still So Unforgettable

Debora L. Spar | Posted 11.04.2014 | Fifty
Debora L. Spar

There are some relationships that don't really have a name. Like the third cousin who's actually more like a sister since your great grandmother raised her mother and you live next door to each other on the Upper West Side. Or the very nice couple whose equally nice daughter has been dating your son for two years. Ours was that kind of relationship.