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Celebrating your child's 18th birthday? Here are a dozen great birthday party ideas for celebrating your child's new adulthood.
Everything you need to know to pack the perfect college care package, from baking to packing and mailing.
Taxes, felonies and the selective service: 10 ways the law affects new 18-year-olds and their parents.
When your teen turns 18, he must register for the Selective Service. Here's what that means and how it impacts college scholarships and FAFSA.
Turning 18 is a big deal, not just emotionally but legally. Here's everything parents need to know, from celebrations to legal implications.
If your soon-to-be college freshman or would-be grad student is a serious musician, you're not looking for a college with a marching band. Your family is seeking a conservatory or top-notch music school. Here's the lowdown on 10 of the nation's best.
Tales of pub crawls and epic hangovers abound. But here are five ideas for families who want to host a memorable 21st birthday celebration that may involve a little celebratory booze, but nothing excessive.
Sure, going to class is important, but here are 101 other things to do in college, following such traditions as hugging the mascot, playing inner-tube water polo and more. Here's a round-up of college traditions every kid should do at least once.
Perfect care packages bring more than nourishment to college kids far from home. They bring cookies, comfort and love - and more than a dash of whimsy. So here are some great care package ideas for college students.
Parcheesi may have entertained our grandparents, but board games are enjoying an enormous resurgence, thanks to great board games such as the simple, but hilarious Apples to Apples and fabulously bizarre Quelf. Here's a list of great board games guaranteed to please older teens, college kids and 20somethings, and wow the dorm crowd.
Greek Life & Rush: What is Rush?
Looking for great gifts for a med student, recent medical school graduate or new intern? Check out these ideas for gifts for new doctors.
If your soon-to-be college freshman or would-be grad student is a serious actor, you're not looking for just any college. You're looking for theater programs such as Tisch at New York University.
First Apartment: From couch to toilet paper, equipping that first apartment is a pricey business. Here's the rundown on everything you'll need.
Looking for ideas for that 25th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no farther. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 25th wedding anniversary parties.
Just because your child dropped out of high school doesn't mean it's all over. In fact, 75% of high school dropouts eventually finish. Here are four ways your high school dropout can earn his diploma or a GED.
Like Harry Potter, Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series may have been aimed at the YA set to begin with, but its 20 million crossover fans include college kids and 20somethings too.
Just because the kids are grown doesn't mean you have to give up family vacations. In fact, cash-strapped teens and 20somethings may find family trips more alluring than ever. Here's vacation advice for parents of young adults.
If you have a serious young musician in your family, chances are, you're looking at music conservatories or top-notch music programs within a university setting. Here's the lowdown on the top music schools in California, including USC's Thornton, Colburn and some of the smaller conservatories within a university setting. Page 2.
Love's all well and good, but if sex involves a minor under the age of consent, it's statutory rape. Here's a look at teens, sex and the law, for parents of teens and young adults.
Looking for a memorable party idea for a college kid or 20-something? Throw a scavenger hunt party, inspired by Stanford's wacky freshman foray.
11 Tips to Make Earning Boy Scout Merit Badges Easier
Grown kids moved back home? Here's a sample rental contract that covers rent, chores and utilities, to get you started.
College Suicide: Statistics on college and teen suicides.
Is your child turning 18? There are legal issues to consider. Here are five surprising ways the law affects parents of new 18-year-olds.
Teens and 20somethings are adventuresome travel companions, who enjoy a mix of outdoor adventure, cultural immersion, fine dining and cool shopping. Here, to get you started, are five very different vacation destinations for families traveling with teens and young adults.
The best college care packages include baked goods, but finding recipes that are sturdy enough to travel - and survive the lag time in a college mail room - can be a challenge. Here are a slew of care package tips.
Butterbeer, pumpkin pasties and more for a grown-up Harry Potter party.
Is your child considering an art history major? Whether he's into Giotto, Monet or Thiebaud, art lovers have plenty of career path options. Here are 15 job options for art history majors to explore.
Looking for ideas for that 30th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no farther. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 30th wedding anniversary parties.
Eagle Merit Badges: The lowdown on the 21 merit badges required to become an Eagle Scout.
Throwing a surprise party for your favorite 18-year-old? Here are some tips and tricks to help you throw a fantastic surprise party.
Got a new law student? Or one headed for the bar? Here's a list of 10 great gift ideas, everything from gavels to pearls, pens and a legal eagle board game.
Every parent of college students or young adults eventually goes through empty nest depression. Here are 7 ways to cope with the blues.
Graduation and commencement ceremonies are filled with symbology, right down to the crimson, blue and orange hues splashed across robes and hoods. Here's what the colors mean.
When college kids get mono, it can derail studies and make life miserable for a few weeks or a few months. Here's the scoop.
Baccalaureate: OK, you know what graduation is, but what's a baccalaureate ceremony?
It's tough being away from your kids on their birthdays, even when the kid in question is a grown-up college student. But you can still help the birthday boy or girl celebrate in the dorms with a birthday cake delivery - or even a mascot visit.
Choosing one college major out of hundreds of possibilities is much easier if your college kid already knows his passion lies in math or the sciences. Here's a list of math and science-related college majors. Page 3.
There's no denying the popularity of social networking sites among teens and 20somethings. But parents of teens and young adults should know those sites pose dangers too - and some of those perils have nothing to do with Internet predators.
First Apartment: There's nothing like contemplating a new apartment to unleash a torrent of paperwork. Here's what you, parent and co-signer, can expect.
Got an eco-conscious college kid or 20-something? A gift such as Toms' college-themed shoes not only puts stylish duds on teen feet, it gives back too. Page 3.
How to assemble an Eagle Scout binder.
When teen parties spiral out of control, the liability for parents can be severe. A look at the financial, civil and criminal stakes for parents when underage kids drink in their home.
College kids may be all grown up, but when holiday time rolls around, they still love getting a Christmas stocking. Here's what to tuck inside.
If your child is apply to college as a theater or music major, these tips will help him choose between conservatories and classic college.
Those first apartment expenses pack a financial wallop. Here's what to expect when you spread your wings and head out on your own for the first time.
Eagle Scout: A timeline for the path to Eagle Scout.
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid?
Rent to Own: What is a rent to own or lease to own option?
In college admissions, early decision is a binding agreement. Is it breakable?
A new genre of college application advice books has emerged recently - a hybrid of practical advice and
When it comes to outfitting the college dorm, you can ignore those glossy shelter magazines with their fabulous dormitory layouts. Here's the real scoop.
NCAA: A list of NCAA sports. Parenting Young Adults.
If your favorite college kid is a dance major, don't despair. She (or he) is following her heart and whether she's into ballet, jazz or Tommy Tune, there are plenty of career options out there. Here are 15 job options for dance majors to explore.
Types of College Majors: Choosing a college major was difficult enough back when there were only a handful. These days, there are hundreds of majors. Fortunately, they all fall into six types.
One of the most memorable things a troop can do for its new Eagle scouts is gather letters of recognition and congratulations from dignitaries and world leaders. Page 4.
Path to Eagle: Sample Eagle Projects
Everyone has a tiger, a bear or bulldog as a college mascot, but these seven universities went considerably more creative when they chose their funny mascots. We're talking trees, anteaters and more.
Push-up pops have become the latest party trend. Here's what you'll need to make them.
When College Kids Get Sick: The combination of stress, sleep deprivation and dorm life means college kids get sick a lot. Prepare your child for the inevitable with these three basic steps.
Greek Life: There are definite benefits and advantages to living in a fraternity or sorority, including several most parents don't even think about.
College students and headaches go together, unfortunately, like peanut butter and jelly, because the pressures of college bring on stress and tension.
When grown children move home, it can be an upheaval for the entire family. Here's a list of critical issues to think about.
Dorm rooms can be spartan affairs, but these easy, fun craft projects will add plenty of pizzazz.
Just because your child dropped out of high school doesn't mean it's the end of the line. High school dropouts can have a second chance at education.
Stocking stuffers for college-aged kids and young adults
Got a new nursing student or nurse in your family? Here are some great gift ideas for that new RN or RN-to-be.
Now that your kids are grown, how does an empty nest parent restructure the relationship so you’re neither too involved, nor so hands-off there isn’t much of a relationship there at all? How do you stay close while letting go?
A peek at Oregon State University, Corvalis.
Cozy bedding? Check. Dorm gear? Check. Soft, fleece pillows? This easy no-sew dorm craft project adds a perfect touch to any bedroom or couch.
College Graduation Gifts: Wondering what to get the new graduate in your life? Here's a round up of great graduation gifts for the new college grad.
Planning a graduation party or senior recital reception? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Going on a college visit? Maximize your time on campus by asking the right college tour questions - the ones that can't be answered by the campus brochure, web site or tour guide's script. Here are 17 important questions to ask.
What is statutory rape. Young Adults.
When serious musicians embark on a college or grad school search, they're looking for a music conservatory or a university with an excellent music school. Here's the scoop on the Midwest's top music programs, including Oberlin, Northwestern and Michigan.
Here's the lowdown on the sobering statistics on college drinking.
Finals week stress calls for a different sort of care package for your stressed out college students - something heavier on the protein and health quotient, and lighter on the sugar factor. Here are some suggestions for a finals week care package.
Zombie Tag: Whether you call it Humans Vs. Zombies, HvZ or some other variant, zombie tag has become incredibly popular on college campuses.
Looking for a cool twist for an 18th birthday or college gathering? A movie night party gets added oomph when the screen is outdoors and there's a pool involved.
There's plenty of excitement when a new freshman heads off to the dorms, but there's anxiety, apprehension and college homesickness too. Here are a few ways parents can help.
Celebrate your 25th wedding anniversary with a party that recalls your dating heyday, the 1980s. The light-hearted, retro fun of a 1980s theme party evokes those days before your wedding, when hair was big, fashions garish and the music incredible. Hello, Madonna!
At least parents can anticipate college tuition. The $940 your child spends on college textbooks per year usually comes as a rude shock. Here are six ways parents can save money on college textbooks.
Looking for the perfect gift for your new grad student? This list is tailor made for graduation, off-to-school or any other gift-giving occasion involving your favorite 20-something.
Finding the perfect gift can be tough enough, but when the recipient is your son or daughter's beau, it's even more challenging. Here are six ways to solve that.
There's only so much ramen a human can eat. At some point, even a college kid or 20something has to learn to cook something. For parents of young adults and college students, here's a round-up of learn-to-cook cookbooks to help.
Celebrating a 30th wedding anniversary? Traditionally, 30th anniversaries are celebrated with pearls, so why not use pearls to inspire an anniversary party at home?
Got a serious young musician in your family? Then chances are, he (and you) are looking at conservatories or top-notch music programs at a university, such as Peabody at Johns Hopkins. Page 3.
Geocaching isn't just a great outing for college kids, teens and 20somethings. It's a great party theme for an 18th birthday - or 25th or any number. Here's how to plan one.
A generation or two ago, a 21st birthday was celebrated with a fine vintage from the year the birthday boy (or girl) was born - an expensive and tricky proposition that was easier said than done. Here are six other options.
Whether your child is mid-college or a recent grad, at some point he'll be renting his first apartment. Here's what parents need to know about that first apartment, including the finances.
Eagle Scout: Required recommendations for the Eagle Scout application.
Some young adults are lucky enough to know what they want to do from an early age. For the rest, the adjustment to the real world can be a harsh one. Here's what parents need to know about what their young adults are going through.
Remember those bounce houses from childhood? Put a spin on the inflatable games concept with this college or 18th birthday party idea: an inflatable games party with plenty of grown-up appeal.
These days, students aren't the only ones to go to college orientation. Parents and younger sibs do too. Here's what to expect.
Suddenly, the retro photo booth is making a comeback - and no wonder. It's not only a fun way to capture memories of party or wedding guests, it's an amusing pastime all on its own. And a DIY party photo booth offers plenty of room for creativity.
You’ve done the dorm shopping, loaded up on towels, totes and extra-long sheets. Now it’s time to pack. Here are 9 tips to make dorm move-in day easier.
What is a commuter student? Parenting Young Adults.
You've dropped the kids off at college. Now what? Here are 5 things to do after you drop the kids off at college.
Moving into a first apartment or home is an exciting thing for anyone, but especially for a college student or young 20something. If you're looking for a first apartment housewarming gift, here are some ideas to get you started.
Celebrating a 25th wedding anniversary? Traditionally, 25th anniversaries are celebrated with silver, so why not use that silver theme as inspiration for an anniversary party at home?
From a parent perspective, dropping out of school sounds like the end of the world. But there are some situations in which dropping out - or at least stopping out - makes sense.
Everything you ever wanted to know about applying to a college or a conservatory as a music, drama, dance or arts major.
Getting the most out of a college fair requires a game plan for both parents and prospective college students. Here's how to start the college application process.
5 More Jobs That Don't Require a Degree: There are other paths to career success besides the classic college route. Here are five more great jobs - blackjack dealer, electrician and more - that don't require a college degree.
Need something cozy underfoot for that dorm room or first apartment? A DIY fleece rug is just the ticket.
There are a variety of ways to apply to college, including regular admission, rolling decision, early decision and early action.
First Apartment Lowdown: What's a co-signer?
A graduation video that traces your child's life from infancy to teen years is a wonderful gift. Here's how to make a graduation video or slide show.
Teens can apply to college in several ways, including regular admission, rolling admission, early decision and early action.
You may think you know everything there is to know about college applications, but applying as an art major is a whole different ballgame. Here's a practical how-to guide for parents of college-age children and teens to the unique timelines and portfolio requirements.
A care package for October? Make it a Halloween care package with these tricks and treats.
Not everyone lives on campus. Many college students room with Mom and Dad. Here are tips on making this dorm alternative work for your family.
Got a new business school student? Or one armed with a brand new MBA? Here's a list of 8 great gift ideas, everything from ties and pearls to thrillers, compelling reads and more.
Coed Dorm Rooms: Whether you call it a coed dorm room or gender neutral housing, here's what the term means.
There's no doubt about the dorm-appeal of board games such as "Apples to Apples," but if you're looking
When it comes to higher education, art majors have three choices. They can attend an art institute, try a large university with a visual arts department - or opt for that happy medium, a university with a strong art school. Here's how to choose...
What is a Double Major? Parenting Young Adults.
Packing up your kid for the big move to college? Send her off in style with this DIY Dorm Laundry Bag - or at least ready to hit the dorm laundromat without leaving a trail of dirty laundry.
Advanced Placement in College: Credits, caveats and other things no one tells parents.
Between homecoming, parent weekend and all those college football games, you could tailgate every weekend. So here's a slew of party ideas to add pizazz to that college tailgate party.
Bachelor's degree? Check. Master's? Understood. But what is a certificate program?
Parent PLUS Loan: What is a Parent PLUS loan?
What is a retention rate and how does that statistic affect your family?
Got a prospective Eagle Scout? This parent guide includes timelines and tips for the entire process.
Looking for ideas for that 35th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no further. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 35th wedding anniversary parties.
Not every teen is college bound, and some don't even finish high school. They drop out or opt instead for a GED, or General Educational Development, certificate instead of the classic high school diploma.
Parent emotions can go haywire when their grown kids move back home. Young adults may move home to recover from student loan debt or a personal crisis, but parents can't help but wonder if they did something wrong.
The 10 likeliest college interview questions.
The applications are done, the fat envelopes have arrived and the big decision has been made. Now all that’s left is the final countdown to college, paperwork, dorm shopping, roommates and all.
Everyone uses clipboards, pencils and all those other desk bits and bobs. So why not add a little magic to those study supplies, Hogwarts-style?
Help your college kid turn his dorm room into a cozy nest by whipping up this simple, fringed, fleece blanket. It will keep him warm and cozy - and remind him of you. And it's a great project for younger siblings to make too.
When grown children move back home as part of the boomerang generation, there are always financial reasons behind the return. The big question is, should parents charge boomerang kids rent? And if so, how much?
Graduation Gifts: Wondering what to get the new high school graduate in your life? Here's a round up of great graduation gifts for the college-bound senior.
College Kids & ADD/ADHD: Sometimes what looks like academic problems in a college kid is actually an undiagnosed attention deficit disorder.
Getting ready to throw a big 18th birthday party? Make it a giant games party - with an enormous Twister board - and your kid and his friends will talk about it for years. Page 2.
Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid? Cash fits every size. Here are some clever ways to present it. Page 17.
ASE: What is involved in getting certified as an automotive technician, and what is the ASE?
Does your child have a college interview in his future? Tips on what to wear for a college interview.
Despite the hysteria surrounding college admissions and the beastly amount of paperwork, the process itself is fairly straight forward. Here's a basic outline of how the college admissions process works.
What is a rising senior? Parenting Young Adults.
Crafts: Much as you love watching your kid play, sitting in the bleachers can be hard on the backside. Here's how to make your own DIY stadium seat. Page 2.
: The Grad Night trend was originally spurred by concerns about teens drinking and driving on graduation
While most major art schools want strong academic candidates for their college-level programs, it's the artist's portfolio that's the deciding factor. Here are tips on assembling an art portfolio for college.
Hosting a Settlers of Catan party? Try serving a dill dip with a forest of broccoli florets, lamb meatballs and other Catan-centric snacks. Page 3.
You thought college tuition was bad? You can drop thousands of dollars just applying to get into school. Here's a heads-up on the high cost of the college application process.
Tuition, room and board are certainly the major college expenses, but textbooks, lab fees, practice room charges and social tabs can add another $2,000 or more.
Once upon a time, the bride's parents paid the wedding costs (and assembled goats, carts and other dowry gifts too). Now families split wedding costs many different ways. Here's the traditional breakdown of wedding costs for parents.
Looking for great college kid gifts? Page 15.