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Kids Growing Up

The Final Adventure of Nicky, the Skunk and the Dinosaur

Scott Behson, PhD | Posted 09.04.2014 | Parents
Scott Behson, PhD

Most of the time, I stayed for a quick story and was glad I did. But now I look back and miss the Skunk and the Dinosaur, and I kick myself for not fully appreciating the stories at the time.

The Two Biggest Secrets of Parenthood

Sarah Smiley | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Sarah Smiley

I was truly horrified when Ford learned to ride a bike eight years ago. I actually had to go inside and let Dustin handle the lessons. In one afternoon, my firstborn child became intimately familiar with the pavement.

The Deep Water Testd

David Kirsch | Posted 08.22.2014 | Parents
David Kirsch

Parenting is a series of "deep water tests." How we love, guide, teach and nurture our children through life's tests will help our children be all that they can be.

A Tell-Tale Sign Your Child Is Growing Up

Darcy R. Shapiro | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Darcy R. Shapiro

My son is becoming more of a person everyday, and the butt-scratching freedom of toddlerhood is disappearing. I mourn for it a bit because I know he'll never be that unselfconscious again. And that means he is growing up.

What a Pair of Boots Taught Me About Parenting and Fads

Erica Ford | Posted 09.09.2014 | Parents
Erica Ford

My heart soared with joy. She fit in! Then I immediately felt guilty. I shouldn't be glad that my daughter looks like the masses.

11 New Parenting 'Lasts' That Will Make You Cry

Galit Breen | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Galit Breen

When our babies are little, there are so many lasts that people warn us about. We're on alert for the last time they pronounce that one word in that sweet, incorrect way. The last time they toddle. But as my girls get older, I realize that I'm entering a whole new round of lasts.

The Art of Letting Go

Emily Mendell | Posted 08.11.2014 | Parents
Emily Mendell

Sure, intuitively you realize that the time will come someday when you are compelled to release all that you have held fast to for so many years. Practically, you cannot prepare yourself for how it all goes down.

Growing Up Is So Hard!

Joree Rosenblatt | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Joree Rosenblatt

Our minds are incredibly powerful and I am trying to impress to my daughter that her power to believe in herself is the single most influential indicator of her accomplishments, success and sense of pride.

Becoming a Gardener

Vincent Daly | Posted 06.30.2014 | Parents
Vincent Daly

The imminent birth of our first child was a catalyst for change. We moved from the concrete jungle to the suburbs by the water. Morning sounds shifted from a cacophony of machinery to a chorus of chirping birds with the occasional honking diatribe of troublemaking geese.

The Art Bug

Chef Rossi | Posted 06.15.2014 | Arts
Chef Rossi

I was sitting in my first grade class when the art bug first bit me. I had just learned about death. It may have been a pet goldfish, but somehow the infuriating knowledge that we all simply end had been thrust upon me.

The Moments I Won't Stop Holding Onto

Zsofi McMullin | Posted 05.28.2014 | Parents
Zsofi McMullin

It's hard to imagine how many things can be lost and gained in just a few years.

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.

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."

When Motherhood Becomes More Complicated

Lindsey Mead | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

It feels like as soon as I figured out how to truly love being a mother with children at home, it's almost over. More and more, I feel the tension between holding on and letting go.

With Our Children, the Past Gets Fuzzy So the Present Can Stay Clear

Maggie Lamond Simone | Posted 03.11.2014 | Parents
Maggie Lamond Simone

Our children's journey to adulthood is like childbirth, in a way; you don't forget the idea of the pain, but you do forget, to an extent, the actual, physical pain.

Empty Nest, New Beginnings

Bonni Brodnick | Posted 08.30.2014 | Fifty
Bonni Brodnick

It was bad enough emptying the drawers of his antique bureau when he went off to college. In a fog of reminiscence I bagged his old Cub Scout necktie; a clip-on bow tie; a handful of yellow BBs for his air gun; several single socks; a beanie from Africa; never-used heat bulbs from our long-deceased Bearded Dragon Lizard; and a T-shirt with the date of a spring concert in middle school.

A Public Apology to My Mom: You're Never a Bother

Lisa Cleary | Posted 10.16.2013 | Women
Lisa Cleary

I want you to know that I took our talk to heart and that you're never a bother. You know I love you, and what we have is still special. I just have to work on showing it a little more, and a little better.

Talking to My Teen Daughter Without Words

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 08.03.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Cullen

She poked her head out from behind the person in front of her, looking for me. We locked eyes and she gave me that sweet, sweet smile. The one that I know. The one that's just for me. The one that says, "Hey Mom."

Now That You Have Your High School Diploma, It's Time to Clean Up Your Act

Maureen Anderson | Posted 07.28.2013 | Parents
Maureen Anderson

What, exactly, had these kids learned in 18 years? Where was all the idealism they'd spewed only a few hours earlier at the big ceremony? We were about to unleash almost 200 creatures on the world, and it was a little embarrassing. Who, exactly, was going to clean up after them?

LOOK: I Thought It Was My Worst Mom Moment

Meagan Francis | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
Meagan Francis

I do know that I can no more take total credit for the way Isaac is today, than I can take all the blame for the way he was then.

My Wish

Maria Rodale | Posted 07.10.2013 | Parents
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Renee James, essayist and blogger For mothers of a certain age, is there one of us alive who hasn't thought, "Wait! Wait!!!! No ki...

What a Mother Knows

Leslie Lehr | Posted 07.02.2013 | Parents
Leslie Lehr

It's one thing when your child is safe in her bed down the hall. It's quite another when it's time for them to flee the nest. How far do we let them fall before we catch them?

Why Those Without Kids Should Never Give Parenting Advice

John Blumenthal | Posted 06.30.2013 | Fifty
John Blumenthal

My daughters are grown up now -- both of them in their mid-twenties, both well-adjusted and successful -- but I remember receiving a lot of unsolicited (and mostly misguided) advice and criticism from childless people regarding the way my wife and I were raising them.

Walking The Parenting Tightrope

Jennifer Cullen | Posted 06.05.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Cullen

Luckily, the more I walk on the parenting tightrope, the more confident I am that I'll be able to stay centered. It's not like I have a choice. There's no way I'm going to fall and fail my daughter. I am her rock, her home base, her safety. I am her mother.

Learning to Let Your Children Go

Loren Ridinger | Posted 05.23.2013 | Parents
Loren Ridinger

Watching your child grow into an independent individual is an incredible experience filled with highs and lows. And once their grown, it's even more of a challenge to step back and let your child make their own decisions.