growing up

“Don’t Trust White People”: How My Father’s Prejudice Affects Me Today

“Don’t trust white people,” my father said as he furiously drove down the freeway while listening to Family Radio. This is not the first time he has uttered these words

Sarah Francois | August 16, 2016 - 11:30 am

My House: An Incomplete Search For Home

I grew up in a rural town in west central Illinois called Monmouth. Monmouth was rough. My dad taught at Monmouth College, which made my brother, sister and me nerds…

Julia Weiss | September 16, 2015 - 9:00 am

One Grilled Cheese Is Not Enough, Two Grilled Cheese Are Too Many

The worst part about cooking for yourself is portion control. It’s not that I’m incapable of cutting a recipe in half, it’s that I have no clue what I’m going…

Beejoli Shah | April 10, 2015 - 10:00 am

30 Superficial Ways You Know You’re Becoming A Grown-Up

Sure, reveling in your youth is fun and all, but nothing’s more striking than those moments when you catch yourself making a decidedly adult choice and realize your younger self…

Claire Hannum | December 18, 2014 - 10:00 am

Little Girl Learns Her Baby Brother Can’t Stay Small Forever

Sadie just came to the harsh realization that her little brother won’t stay a smiley baby forever. She’s adorable, yes, but crying hysterically about getting older hits a little too close…

Claire Hannum | July 30, 2014 - 11:30 am

10 Signs You’re A Grown Up (Or At Least Getting There)

Increasingly, the line between adulthood and childhood is blurring. Some may blame a crappy economy for careers that strayed from the traditional path. Others adhere to the 30-is-the-new-20 theory. Or…

Leonora Epstein | January 19, 2012 - 10:00 am

Girl Talk: Growing Up Without A Mother

I’ve never been a big fan of Mother’s Day. It’s not the commercialization that fuels my dislike, though — it’s that for 14 years, I haven’t had a mother to…

Jessica Axel | May 2, 2011 - 1:00 pm

Solitude Is A Virtue

When I was 13, I started locking myself in my lair and writing angsty poetry, which caused people (especially my parents) to assume that I was a lonely, depressed, misanthropic…

Ami Angelowicz | March 9, 2011 - 11:40 am

Girl Talk: Can A Friendship Work If One Of You Is Lagging Behind?

Of course I’m not actually “behind.” It’s not as though life’s milestones have point values assigned to them. But, within one of my closest friendships, it had started to feel…

Amelia McDonell-Parry | June 24, 2010 - 4:00 pm

I’ve Lost My Passion For Shopping

I don’t know what’s happened to me. I used to love shopping. Next to having sex, drinking, and eating great food with friends, shopping used to rank pretty high on…

Leonora Epstein | November 8, 2009 - 4:30 pm