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Parenting Milestone: The Day My Son Threw His First Hadoken

Zach Rosenberg | Posted 07.18.2014 | Parents
Zach Rosenberg

I don't remember when my son started eating solid foods. I'm not entirely sure when it was that my son took his first steps. And sure, I guess I remember his first day at preschool. But by far, the most memorable milestone he's had so far was throwing his first Hadoken.

5 Things You Happily Stop Doing By the Age of 40

Sara Morgan-Beckett | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Sara Morgan-Beckett

It doesn't get any more grown-up than 40. But I found that, with this realization, my shoulders noticeably dropped. I don't have to try so hard to be in the know. There's a freedom in becoming a bit of an old fart.

When You Think He's Forgotten You

Jamie Krug | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Jamie Krug

You round a corner and you are here. And you begin to cry a little when you realize that it will not be fancy and there will be no amuse bouche and most certainly no Michelin star chef and that you are supremely overdressed. And it could not be more perfect.

F*ck Milestones

Alessandra Macaluso | Posted 07.28.2014 | Parents
Alessandra Macaluso

No, it isn't the Olympics. But if you can stop yourself from getting caught up in "milestone" fever, and enjoy each moment without stressing about it, give yourself a gold medal.

7 Reasons Why I Love Sending My Son to Sleepaway Camp

Mommy Nearest | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Mommy Nearest

I truly believe that sleepaway camp is one of the best gifts you can give your child -- and here's why.

For Special Needs Parents, Every Milestone Is Major

Ellen Seidman | Posted 07.08.2014 | Parents
Ellen Seidman

When Max walks, says a word, feeds himself, picks up an object, uses his pointer finger, reads a word, writes his name, climbs the stairs, goes to the bathroom or uses his iPad speech app, I'll suddenly be filled with gratitude that he is able to do what he does. I take none of it for granted.

The Moments That Make Me Want to Hit 'Pause'

Carrie Kenny | Posted 06.26.2014 | Parents
Carrie Kenny

I've accepted all of the milestones and markers that "growing up" bring. I've photographed them, saved them in plastic tubs, rejoiced over some and cried over others. But for some reason, this birthday just hits me harder than most.

A Little Older, and Maybe Wiser

Yasmina Zaidman | Posted 06.11.2014 | Women
Yasmina Zaidman

Some women dread turning 40, and some insist that it just doesn't matter to them, they're totally over it. Well, I am neither indifferent nor depressed about this birthday. But it means a lot to me.

And Now We're Solid... Solid As a Food

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 05.24.2014 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

You wait for these big milestones. You read books about them. It's exciting. You write about them in the baby book... three months later, when you actually find it. But with my second child, I see these milestones as lightning-fast speedballs that mean my squish ball is growing up.

A Dreaded Day

Rich Siegel | Posted 05.20.2014 | Parents
Rich Siegel

Truth is, I'd empty half the bank account -- not the whole thing, cause I don't want to end up in a dirty nursing home -- to relive any part of what is now just a memory.

30 Reasons To Embrace 30

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 05.14.2014 | Women
Tinatin Japaridze

I recently celebrated my 30th birthday. Instead of dwelling on the potential downsides of turning the Big 3-0, I made a conscious decision to do the opposite.

How My Son Changed My Sense of Time

Jamie Krug | Posted 05.12.2014 | Parents
Jamie Krug

I should have been happy, sweetly satisfied that day, at that moment. It should have felt like a celebration -- something to look forward to. If only I could stop myself from looking back, from feeling those feelings from that exact day four years earlier washing over me at random intervals.

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.

A Parenting Moment You Will Never Forget

Raluca State | Posted 04.29.2014 | Parents
Raluca State

It's a moment I hope you never forget. The moment you achieved something that seemed far greater than you. Something that scared you and excited you at the same time.

What's in a Name?

Ann V. Klotz | Posted 04.06.2014 | Parents
Ann V. Klotz

In infancy, we cocoon them in footie-pajamas. We feed them Cheerios one by one to prevent choking. We cut hot dogs and grapes into tiny pieces, conscientiously. We celebrate each success, giddy when they walk and talk, dusting them off carefully when they tumble.

The Best Milestone Birthday Celebration A Man Could Have

Sherri Kuhn | Posted 03.29.2014 | Fifty
Sherri Kuhn

The restaurant is crowded, unusually so for a Tuesday night. The waitress lets the specials roll off her tongue as she does on any other night, and we pretend to listen even though we've all chosen our main courses already.

Melting Icicles

Amanda Magee | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Amanda Magee

I'm trying so hard to support their evolution, but some days it feels like holding icicles in my hand. I am so tender, careful not to squeeze too hard or bend them in ways they aren't meant to go, but it's out of control.

22 Unexpected Gifts Of Having Twins

Laura Rossi Totten | Posted 03.15.2014 | Parents
Laura Rossi Totten

Holding a baby is delicious -- but holding your two infants at the same time is nothing short of a miracle.

20 Things I Miss About My Twenties

Danny Rubin | Posted 03.12.2014 | College
Danny Rubin

Out too late partying mid-week at 23? Typical young person. Hungover on a Wednesday in my 30s? Get it together, buddy.

Why I'll Throw a Party When My Daughter Becomes a Woman

Rachael Clarke | Posted 03.10.2014 | Parents
Rachael Clarke

Some people say you become a woman when you become a mom. That is true, I think, but I became a woman much sooner than that.

20 Things We Can Do After 50 That We Couldn't Do At 20

Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty

When I was in college, I worked summers at a mortgage company, processing loans by day -- while going clubbing (often at 24-hour gay bars) by night. I...

WATCH: You Won't Believe When This History Making NASCAR Driver First Got Behind The Wheel

Posted 10.29.2013 | Black Voices

After becoming the first African-American to win on NASCAR's national level in 50 years, talk show host Arsenio Hall chatted with 20-year-old Darrell ...

The Event That Deserves To Be On Everyone's 'Must-Do' List

Felice Shapiro | Posted 11.27.2013 | Fifty
Felice Shapiro

What if your friends invited you to join them to celebrate their special anniversary in the mountains with a guest list spanning their life? You wouldn't know everyone, you would have to drive about four hours, you would have to clear the weekend and you'd need to book your hotel room. The invite promises hikes, bike rides, campfires, cocktails and dancing. Absolutely! COUNT US IN!

The Good Old Days When Acquisition Meant Making Money...

Gil Laroya | Posted 06.28.2013 | Small Business
Gil Laroya

It used to be, many years ago, that a person could start a business, grow that business into one where its products or services became attractive to p...

How I Became a Bat Mitzvah Woman

Elizabeth Much | Posted 08.19.2013 | Religion
Elizabeth Much

The last thing that I wanted at the pinnacle of pimple-faced puberty (circa 1974) was to stand in front of all of my friends and family and chant in Hebrew.