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Why Parents Like Me Hate Camp

Malia McKinnon Frame | Posted 07.22.2014 | Parents
Malia McKinnon Frame

Please explain to me why I would pay someone to tell me that I cannot call or speak to my daughter for two weeks?

Wedding Season: Tying Your Own Emotional Knots

Rupa Mehta | Posted 07.22.2014 | Weddings
Rupa Mehta

Enjoy going to a wedding or two this summer. Have fun, drink champagne and eat cake, but don't consume yourself with what someone else's wedding vows mean about your own life. Your life is wonderful, and it is wholly yours.

America Is Number One, Always

Blake Henderson | Posted 07.07.2014 | Comedy
Blake Henderson

Let me start off by saying that I don't really care for numbers. Never have. But there's one number that I know in my heart to be true: that America is number one.

1776 Reasons To Party At Home On July 4th

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 07.04.2014 | Entertainment

It's time to switch things up, America! This year, forget the same old parties and boring routine. Here are 1776 reasons why staying home and watc...

Celebrate your Independence

Megan McDonough | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan McDonough

I love my country and the self-reliant, can-do attitude it was built upon. As we head out for fireworks, barbeques, and parades to celebrate this Four...

It's Time To Reclaim Your Right To Relaxation

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 07.02.2014 | Healthy Living

When was the last time you had a day to just decide what you want to do? We're usually at the mercy of our to-do lists and emails, but with the hol...

Independence Day Came Early for Our Little Girl

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 07.01.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

We might be less than a week away from the Fourth of July, but Sienna's been in the throes of a sudden independence streak.

Why You Might Not Be Free

Rea Nolan Martin | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Rea Nolan Martin

In the end, the only true freedom is the spiritual form, because once attained, it can never be taken away without our consent.

Scotland? It's A Family Affair

Nick Jefferson | Posted 06.27.2014 | World
Nick Jefferson

Like many English people, I'd been pretty ambivalent about it all, and very much of the "if they wanna go, let 'em go" school. But in Scotland, I changed my mind. And dramatically so.

Declare Your Independence

Rupa Mehta | Posted 06.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

This Fourth of July I encourage you to take some time to think about what makes you independent and how you, individually, contribute to the success of your family, friend group, community and country.

18 Things You Need To Do To Be Happy In College

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 06.25.2014 | College

College students have a lot to deal with. Between balancing academics and social life, searching for summer internships and managing stress, “happin...

An Ode to the Roommates I Don't Have

Julie Daniels | Posted 06.25.2014 | Women
Julie Daniels

In the several months I've lived in New York, an important distinction has made itself known to me, and that is the difference between doing things alone and doing things on your own.

Falling Up

Stephen Gray Wallace | Posted 06.05.2014 | Parents
Stephen Gray Wallace

We rush to superimpose our own problem-solving prowess and metrics of success on young people who benefit most from establishing their own.

Dear Mom and Dad, I'm Moving Out

Jessica Kline | Posted 06.03.2014 | College
Jessica Kline

So here I am, confessing on behalf of every 20-something taking this leap of faith with me, we may actually miss you a whole lot.

We Shouldn't Feel Guilty for Wanting Something More

Beth Leipholtz | Posted 06.02.2014 | Women
Beth Leipholtz

I won't apologize for reading more into us, for wanting something more -- because wanting something more is a natural human craving, not a sign of weakness or codependence. It doesn't make someone less self-sufficient, less content, more pathetic. It makes them normal.

I'm Motherless By Choice

Katie Naum | Posted 06.03.2014 | Women
Katie Naum

There is no easy way to say, "I'm estranged from my mother." It's even harder to say, "I've cut my mother out of my life," clarifying that you are the one who has severed the bond.

Are You a Narcissist If You Take Selfies?

Melissa Schenker | Posted 05.29.2014 | Parents
Melissa Schenker

Calling everyone who takes selfies out as "narcissist" is like accusing everyone who wears black of being a punk. It's an over-generalization that invites people to rely on shallow notions of narcissism that do not serve us.

How to Make Disability Mainstream, Today

Trisha Lynn Sprayberry | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Trisha Lynn Sprayberry

This is my theory, and why I advocate for those with disabilities. I completely believe we have the ability to wipe out disability -- today. How you...

In Case People Yank Your Chain

Jennifer Boykin | Posted 07.20.2014 | Fifty
Jennifer Boykin

Each time you react to others by changing the way you would otherwise behave, you give them control over your life. This is true even if you act in defiance to the other person. In fact, this is probably ESPECIALLY true in that case.

3 Simple Minutes to Think the Best of My Daughter

Mama Bean | Posted 07.19.2014 | Parents
Mama Bean

We've never had to break stride before; it's always been a given that we hold hands when cars are nearby; an easy and understood agreement. But as those 10 meters stretched out before us, I realized that the game had changed.

You Are Your Own Mommy

Miranda Pacchiana | Posted 07.12.2014 | Parents
Miranda Pacchiana

Our mothers are usually our first touchstone and it's hard to outgrow the need to seek nurturing and approval from them. But becoming an adult sometimes means outgrowing this reflex -- especially if these responses are hard to come by.

Meet the 'No, Thanks' Generation

Jen Glantz | Posted 06.22.2014 | Women
Jen Glantz

We believe we can do everything ourselves because we have Google. Because if we desire human interaction, we have our online dating inbox. And when we don't, when we'd rather not make small talk with a guy at a bar, we just say no, thanks and binge on "House of Cards."

How Loss Affects Our Daily Lives

Guy Winch, Ph.D. | Posted 05.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Guy Winch, Ph.D.

Recovering from loss takes time but there are ways to treat our psychological injuries. Caring for our emotional wounds will help accelerate the recovery process so we emerge from our loss with our lives, identities, relationships, and beliefs intact.

The Secret of My Daughter's Dance

Estelle Sobel Erasmus | Posted 05.17.2014 | Parents
Estelle Sobel Erasmus

Over time, I have become as grounded as a great oak tree. Yet through my daughter I see my possibilities all over again. With purpose of mind and crystal clear intention she -- and I -- can do anything.

Crimea, Anschluss and the Enduring Quest for Autonomy

David Morris | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics
David Morris

Ukraine and the West insist that Crimeans do not have the right to vote on independence. Russia agrees.  This tragic meeting of minds moves us toward a potentially tumultuous showdown.