Posts tagged "childhood"

Can Your Childhood Predict Your Luck In Marriage?

We live in unprecedented times. If you're married, you're a minority. For the first time, there are more single than married people. Apparently, the entire country of Sweden has decided not to bother with marriage. The question of our culture has suddenly become: why get married? I recently married, and my friends ask, "So, how is it…
By: YourTango.com / November 29, 2013

11 Toys That Scared The Crap Out Of Us As Kids

As far as I'm concerned, the '80s toy Teddy Ruxpin was already a bit of a creepster. A strange combo man/bear with perpetually outstretched arms, Ruxpin was at turns needy and difficult, with the vocal intonations of a serial killer. Apparently I'm not the only one who thinks so. Portland, Oregon, artist Sean Hathaway…
By: Julie Gerstein / August 2, 2013

Hasbro Replaces That Boring Old Monopoly Iron With A Kitty Cat

I wasn't really into Monopoly as a kid. There were just too many friggin' rules (like, why can't you just grab the money when it's right there?), and if I couldn't have the Scottie, then I was not down to play. How cruel of the game's creators to only offer one single desirable token, pretty…
By: Rachel Krause / February 6, 2013

What Was The Worst Meal Your Parents Used To Make?

This is Dan Toombs, but you might know him as The Curry Guy, because every single night for the past year, he's made his family dinner using curry. Chicken korma, tandoori masala, and less traditional recipes like currywurst and curry-spiced turkey Christmas turkey, you name it--if it involves curry, he's probably cooked it.
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / October 15, 2012

The Soapbox: On “Helicopter Parents” And “Free Range Kids”

I grew up in the ‘80s on a tree-lined neighborhood that skirted the edge of New Haven, Connecticut. Nobody really traveled down my short street unless they lived there or were visiting, and my family was friendly with all of our neighbors. With a backyard that was mostly brambling bushes and trees, I spent the…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / October 4, 2012

The Woman Who Singlehandedly Ruined Your Childhood, Revealed

Growing up in the '90s, I was crazy about Lisa Frank. Stickers, notebooks, folders, pencils — I had all of the school accessories, and though I was impossibly chagrined at the time, these days I am so thankful my mother never let me delve into the realm of her clothing and stuffed animals. That would…
By: Rachel Krause / April 26, 2012

Jessica Biel Thinks She Was A Strange Child

"[The first movie I remember seeing was] 'The Goonies.' I never identified with girls, and the cast was all boys. Girls were nervous about going into caves; they were scaredy-cats—and I wasn’t into that at all. I loved the idea of being with a crew and having an adventure. I was really interested in pit…
By: Ami Angelowicz / March 14, 2012

20 Scarring Childhood Experience Every Woman Needs To Get Over

I spend an hour a week in therapy. When I'm not working through current traumas, like that woman who gave me the stink-eye at the grocery store, I am stuck firmly in the past. Yes, I lived through many scarring childhood experiences from which I thought I'd never recover. There was the time in 9th…
By: Jessica Wakeman / March 8, 2012

Quiz: Match The Frisky Staffer With The Screwed Up Childhood Game

One thing, we've discovered, that all of The Frisky ladies have in common is the fact that we played really bizarre games when we were children. I feel very strongly that you all need to know about these games. Click through to see if you can match the  screwed up game with its player. Teaser:…
By: Ami Angelowicz / February 29, 2012

6 Things We Wish We Had Now

Every year older brings new privileges. The obvious perks are voting, drinking, growing boobs and losing our curfews. However, with these new privileges consequently comes the loss of old privileges. There were many things we took for granted as kids that cause us to look back on our carefree lives and think “I wish I…
By: College Candy / November 6, 2011

Two Men And A Baby … Kind Of

There are alternative ways of becoming a parent if traditional human child rearing is not your cup of tea. Partners of 26 years, Mark Kirby and A.J. Sapolnick, adopted their "son," Digby, some 20 years ago in Paris. Yes, Digby is technically a "doll" but they don't care to refer to him that way. To…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 21, 2011

What I Learned About Boys At Sleep-Away Camp Back In The Day

Sleep-away camp often ends up being one of the most memorable experiences of your childhood. These memories can span everything from making s'mores to canoeing to hanging out with boys and realizing they don't all have cooties. A handful of wise women share their best stories about what they learned while in the great outdoors.
By: Lyn Lomasi / May 22, 2010

Oh, How I’ve Missed Ye, “Dawson’s Creek”

When "Dawson's Creek" first aired, I was in 7th grade and was caught in a blissful lust-cloud of my first "relationship." Gregory Ware* was the self-appointed Dawson of Pine Cobble School, not because he was so arty or into film, but mainly because he had blond hair kind of like Dawson's, dressed like him (oh,…
By: Leonora Epstein / May 6, 2010

What’s Your Earliest Fashion Memory?

Reason #327 why I love Mary-Kate Olsen: She, too, isn't bashful about her past fashion choices, and is perhaps the queen of bad kid style. In a quote caught by Elle magazine, she says, "My first favorite clothing item was a pair of spandex shorts with fringe on them! Leopard and white spandex." Wow.
By: Leonora Epstein / February 8, 2010

My First Crush: Bill Nye The Science Guy

Before JTT, Leo, Pacey, or Dawson, there was Bill. Bill Nye the Science Guy. My first crush. I was about 8, and Bill was maybe a million years older, but that didn't matter. My family wasn't in the least bit bothered by this—in fact, my parents approved highly of our relationship, because they were…
By: Leonora Epstein / January 7, 2010

Who Was Your Childhood Celebrity Crush?

Of course I thought Johnny Depp was dreamy in "21 Jump Street." But my childhood crush didn’t turn truly psycho until I saw "Edward Scissorhands." How did I express my obsession with Johnny? In a totally sane way. I tried to become him. One afternoon when I was home alone, I stole my mom’…
By: Ami Angelowicz / September 4, 2009

What We Miss Most About Childhood Summers

It's the middle of July and the heat is ON, but sadly, as lovely as summers are, they just don't have the same kind of magic they did when we were kids, do they? Remember how endless the weeks between mid-June to mid-August used to seem? These days they fly by in a flash and…
By: Wendy Atterberry / July 17, 2009

10 Favorite Dolls From Our Childhood

I was kind of obsessed with Barbie dolls when I was younger. Although I had over 50 Barbies, my mom knew we couldn't leave a toy store without visiting the Barbie aisle. I didn't get a new doll most of the time, but sometimes she would buy me a new Barbie outfit, which is just…
By: Annika Harris / October 1, 2008