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Growing Up

My Mom Was All We Needed To Overcome Every Obstacle

Ana Roca Castro | Posted 03.14.2014 | Parents
Ana Roca Castro

By the time my mom was my age, she was already a widow with two girls. It wasn't until I became a mom myself that I finally discovered the values and heroism of the woman that brought me into this world.

30-Something, 30-Everything. Cheers to the Big 3-0!

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 05.11.2014 | Women
Tinatin Japaridze

And so it is: I am officially 30 years young. Yes, I use the word young instead of old, contrary to my previous belief that once I turned the big 3-0, life as I had known it prior to this milestone would never be the same again. Period.

The Sister She'll Grow Up To Be

Jennifer Meer | Posted 05.06.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Meer

I am snuggled up with my girls -- the newest and oldest parts of my heart. Grateful for the siblings I have and the one my new baby will grow into. Much like George Bailey, I really do feel like the richest man in town.

6 Mantras to Channel Your Inner Hillary

L. Susan Zhang | Posted 05.05.2014 | Women
L. Susan Zhang

While I don't know if it would've made me more successful, these mantras save me from a lot of angst and anxiety! Use these six mantras in your quest to become your own power woman.

This Is What 33 Really Looks Like

Kylah Goodfellow Klinge | Posted 05.05.2014 | Women
Kylah Goodfellow Klinge

It is the age when you accept that going through your 20s with too steely a resolve and determined a course would have made you much less interesting than you are today. It is where, unconsidered change behind you, you can see more clearly the grander choices ahead.

The 7 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was 16

Sarah Klegman | Posted 05.02.2014 | Women
Sarah Klegman

I'm you from the future. Our boobs have come in, we've been in love with someone who loves us back, and once in a terrible blue moon, someone will call us "ma'am." Even though we still freak out every time we meet a cute guy, we're smarter than we get credit for. There's a lot left to learn, but here are the seven things I wish I had known.

What's Really Worth Stressing Over (And What Isn't)

Kamrin Baker | Posted 05.01.2014 | Teen
Kamrin Baker

I think the value of stress in our lives depends on how beautifully we see the risk of the outcome.

The One Word You Should Use to Repel Men

Natalie Thomas | Posted 04.30.2014 | Women
Natalie Thomas

My twenties were amazing. And horrible. At the the same time. I lived in New York with no money, too many roommates (and roaches!) and spent my days chasing my dreams and breaking my heart.

Why We Have the Time to Actually Live Our Lives

Madeline Wahl | Posted 04.30.2014 | Women
Madeline Wahl

I emerged from the subway to a crisp Sunday afternoon with clear skies and snowflakes on the sidewalk and as I was thinking about what chores I had to do that evening I heard a woman say, "Excuse me, do you have the time?"

Hiding Behind the Suburban American Dream

Nicole Dash | Posted 04.27.2014 | Women
Nicole Dash

Why did I spend my entire 20s so obsessed with the next thing? Why did I HAVE to check off all these "accomplishments" on my list so quickly?

My Mom Just Told Me We're Moving.. Again

Cailin Loesch | Posted 04.24.2014 | Teen
Cailin Loesch

A few weeks ago, my mom once again spoke to me two words that I know all too well: We're moving.

How Embracing Your Sweetness Can Benefit Your Well-Being

Agapi Stassinopoulos | Posted 04.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Agapi Stassinopoulos

I shook his hand and told him he'd made my day, and he said, "You've made mine." As he drove away, I teared up at this spontaneous and heartfelt exchange. Clearly, I had come across a very caring human being.

Growing Up With Curly Top

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 04.20.2014 | Women
Ann V. Klotz

Growing up happens gradually. We cannot see around corners or know how our stories will turn out. As we grow, we hold onto certain images, moments, scenes. We carry them as sources of inspiration, humor and comfort.

I Have No Clue What I Want To Do With My Life -- And That's OK

Garrett Degraffenreid | Posted 04.15.2014 | Teen
Garrett Degraffenreid

The problem is we teach kids to be someone, when we should be teaching them to be something. Instead of teaching that we should strive for success, usually identified as wealth and power, and settle for nothing less, we should teach our youth to be happy.

The Night I Officially Felt Like A Teenager For The First Time

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 04.11.2014 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

In the fall of 1975 I went to a birthday party. It was a time when we were quite impressed with ourselves, my friends and I. We had the right clothes -- overalls and carpenter pants, Frye boots and Huck-a-Poo shirts, and we were, for the most part, left to our own devices, free to smoke cigarettes and pot and drink cheap beer, walking from house to house in the cold nights, safe in our little suburban town.

My Problem With 'When I Grow Up'

Eden Friedman | Posted 04.10.2014 | Teen
Eden Friedman

Who here is guilty of using the phrase, "When I grow up" in the past year? I have witnessed the use of it by students at my school (myself included), and one day it hit me. For the most part, we are grown up. No pressure, or anything.

How 'Dungeons & Dragons' Saved My Life

Levi A. Miles | Posted 04.08.2014 | Gay Voices
Levi A. Miles

I went from a mousey, shy and confused teen to a confident, assertive and creative young man. I became proud of who I was, and who I was becoming.

Tips For Emerging Out Of Parenting The Young

Alexandra Rosas | Posted 04.07.2014 | Parents
Alexandra Rosas

Congratulations on surviving one of the wildest rides in town: parenting the young. Welcome to the world again! You thought it would be gone forever, but it's back: Time to yourself!

Gradually Growing Up

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Cullen

You're always saying "Stay together, even if one of you has to go to the bathroom. Don't talk to strangers. And most definitely, don't be lured by the promise of candy or puppies. Or a Frappucino."

Mamma Mia! My Little Girl's All Grown Up

Lisa McElroy | Posted 04.02.2014 | Parents
Lisa McElroy

knowing that Friday is my last official day of being a mom to a little kid, I discovered a secret that has been kept from the American public lo these many years.

Mean Parent Confessions: My Kids Eat What I Serve or They Don't Eat at All

Food Riot | Posted 04.01.2014 | Taste
Food Riot

I don't want my kids to think they can customize the world to their liking by having a tantrum when something happens to not suit their whims. But there's also this big one: there is very little on this Earth that I find more irritating than a grown-up human being who is as picky as a child.

Intellectual Growth in College: Try Slugging

Uloop | Posted 03.31.2014 | College
Uloop

Why did soberly wearing sweatpants to a bar make me feel so superior to everyone else?

Letting Go

Allison Hart | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Allison Hart

To have a baby of one's own is to go from knowing everything to slowly realizing you know nothing.

Turning 13

Claire Wapole | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Claire Wapole

As much as saddens me to admit it, all the moments I will ever have with my son as a little boy have already happened. All of his little boy life has been lived. There are no more little guy moments to be made. They are over.

Things I Thought Before I Knew

Amy Flory | Posted 03.30.2014 | Parents
Amy Flory

I still don't have the answers, but for a girl who doesn't love surprises, I am more and more comfortable with the mysteries of life. My goal is the same as my father's before me, to "screw my kids up just a little less than my parents did me."