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Young Adults: Most Popular Articles

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Party Ideas for Your Teen's 18th Birthday: Skip...
Celebrating your child's 18th birthday? Here are a dozen great birthday party ideas for celebrating your child's new adulthood.
5 Ways the Law Affects New 18-year-olds
Taxes, felonies and the selective service: 10 ways the law affects new 18-year-olds and their parents.
How to Send the Perfect College Care Package
Everything you need to know to pack the perfect college care package, from baking to packing and mailing.
Everything You Need to Know When Your Child...
Turning 18 is a big deal, not just emotionally but legally. Here's everything parents need to know, from celebrations to legal implications.
9 Tips to Make Dorm Move-In Day Easier
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.
Equipping the First Apartment
First Apartment: From couch to toilet paper, equipping that first apartment is a pricey business. Here's the rundown on everything you'll need.
The Top 10 Music Schools and Colleges in the U.S.
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.
Your 18-Year-Old and the Military Draft: What...
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.
101 Things to Do in College
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.
Great Gifts for Med Students
Looking for great gifts for a med student, recent medical school graduate or new intern? Check out these ideas for gifts for new doctors.
5 Fun Ways to Celebrate a 21st Birthday
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.
12 Greatest Board Games for College Kids
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.
What You Should Know About Teen Parties and...
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.
5 Things to Do After You Drop the Kids at College
You've dropped the kids off at college. Now what? Here are 5 things to do after you drop the kids off at college.
10 Best College Student Care Package Ideas
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.
What is Rush?
Greek Life & Rush: What is Rush?
Meningitis and other dorm scares
As college bound kids fill out their health records for their campus health services, they - and parents of college students - will want to consider the Meningococcal vaccine, which guards against bacterial meningitis.
Nine Top Drama Schools in the United States
If your soon-to-be college freshman or would-be grad student is a serious actor, you're not looking for just any college. The best of the best aim for a top-ranked conservatory like Juilliard.
Best Dorm Games: The Game of Things
The zany Game of Things takes all the good things about Loaded Questions and makes them ten times better. The result? A hilarious game for teens and 20somethings at parties, in the dorms and at home.
Push-Up Cake Pops
Push-up pops have become the latest party trend. Here's what you'll need to make them.
10 Great Gift Ideas for Law Students
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.
What Your Kids Really Need for Their College...
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.
8 Party Ideas for a 25th Wedding Anniversary
Looking for ideas for that 25th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no farther. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 25th wedding anniversary parties.
Is Your Child Turning 18? What You Should Know...
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.
Vacationing with Young Adults: Ideas for the...
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.
Sample Rental Contracts for Boomerang Kids
Grown kids moved back home? Here's a sample rental contract that covers rent, chores and utilities, to get you started.
Top Music Schools in the West
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.
Throw a Hunger Games Party
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.
What You Should Know About Statutory Rape Laws
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.
What's a Baccalaureate Ceremony?
Baccalaureate: OK, you know what graduation is, but what's a baccalaureate ceremony?
College Tailgate Party Ideas
Between homecoming, parent weekend and all those college football games, you could tailgate every weekend. Here's a list of tools, tips and college tailgate party gear to make it a success.
Second Chances for High School Dropouts
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.
How to Host a Scavenger Hunt Party
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.
5 Great Family Vacation Destinations for...
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.
15 Jobs for Art History Majors
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.
8 Amazing 30th Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas
Looking for ideas for that 30th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no farther. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 30th wedding anniversary parties.
College Orientation Tips
These days, students aren't the only ones to go to college orientation. Parents and younger sibs do too. Here's what to expect.
What is a commuter student?
What is a commuter student? Parenting Young Adults.
7 Ways to Vanquish Empty Nest Depression
Every parent of college students or young adults eventually goes through empty nest depression. Here are 7 ways to cope with the blues.
The 21 Merit Badges Required for Eagle
Eagle Merit Badges: The lowdown on the 21 merit badges required to become an Eagle Scout.
10 Best Gifts for New Nurses and Nursing Students
Got a new nursing student or nurse in your family? Here are some great gift ideas for that new RN or RN-to-be.
College Graduation Gifts
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.
What You Need to Throw the Best Surprise Party
Throwing a surprise party for your favorite 18-year-old? Here are some tips and tricks to help you throw a fantastic surprise party.
5 Dangers of Facebook
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.
A Harry Potter Party for Teens
Butterbeer, pumpkin pasties and more for a grown-up Harry Potter party.
Graduation Hoods and Robes: What Do the Colors...
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.
How to Assemble an Eagle Scout Binder
How to assemble an Eagle Scout binder.
4 Tips for Parents of Adult Children:...
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?
College Care Package Tips
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.
NCAA Sports: The Sweet 23
NCAA: A list of NCAA sports. Parenting Young Adults.
Crafts for Decorating the Dorm Room
Dorm rooms can be spartan affairs, but these easy, fun craft projects will add plenty of pizzazz.
College Majors by Academic Area
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.
Planning an Eagle Court Ceremony
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.
Boy Scout Merit Badge Tips
11 Tips to Make Earning Boy Scout Merit Badges Easier
College and Teen Suicide Statistics: What You...
College Suicide: Statistics on college and teen suicides.
12 Benefits & Advantages of Greek Life
Greek Life: There are definite benefits and advantages to living in a fraternity or sorority, including several most parents don't even think about.
15 Jobs for Dance Majors
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.
What is statutory rape - and how does it affect...
What is statutory rape. Young Adults.
First Apartment Expenses
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.
How to deliver a birthday cake to your kid's dorm
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.
High School Dropouts and Second Chance Education
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.
5 Ideas for an Amazing Graduation Party
Planning a graduation party or senior recital reception? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Gifts for Grad Students
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.
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
5 Great Books for the College-Bound
Great books, brimming with college advice and roommate tips, for families with college-bound kids and young adults.
Artsy Majors, Science Fields & More
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.
A Parent's Guide to Understanding the...
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.
A Sampling of Eagle Scout Projects
Path to Eagle: Sample Eagle Projects
When College Kids get Mono
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.
Colleges vs. Conservatories
If your child is apply to college as a theater or music major, these tips will help him choose between conservatories and classic college.
How the College Admissions Process Works
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.
Going to College While Living at Home?
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.
Ask the Right College Tour Questions
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.
Cookbooks for College Kids and 20-somethings
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.
Make a DIY Laundry Bag for the Dorm
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.
Everything You Need to Know When Grown Children...
When grown children move home, it can be an upheaval for the entire family. Here's a list of critical issues to think about.
College Homesickness and How Parents Can Help
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.
Dorm Crafts: Cool Cork Boards
Polka-dots, anyone? Here's how to turn that plain cork square into an adorable polka-dot cork board. Page 3.
First Apartment 101
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.
25th Wedding Anniversary Parties: A Retro 1980s...
If you're celebrating your 25th wedding anniversary with a 1980s themed party, you'll want to set the right mood. That includes wonderful retro 1980s party food. Here are a few ideas.
Great Gifts for Business School Students & New...
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.
Can You Break an Early Decision Agreement?
In college admissions, early decision is a binding agreement. Is it breakable?
Dorm Crafts: Hogwarts Clipboard
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?
College Dorm Gear: What Not to Bring
College Dorm Gear: Sheets? Check. Towels? OK. Assorted college dorm gear? Yes. But here are five things not to bring to college.
21st Birthday Gifts
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.
Top Music Schools in the East
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.
14 Awesome Stocking Stuffers for College Kids &...
Stocking stuffers for college-aged kids and young adults
What is a rising senior?
What is a rising senior? Parenting Young Adults.
Eagle Scout Recommendations
Eagle Scout: Required recommendations for the Eagle Scout application.
Dorm Crafts: Easy No-Sew Fleece Pillows
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.
Empty Nest Syndrome: Even Siblings Get the Blues
Younger siblings feel the loss when the big brother or sister heads off to college. Here are four ways to help them deal with their own empty nest blues.
A Movie Night Party for Teens
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.
Top Music Schools in the Midwest
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.
35th Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas
Looking for ideas for that 35th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no further. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 35th wedding anniversary parties.
Outfitting Your Child's Dorm Room Long Distance
Dorm Move-In: Moving your teen cross-country? Here's how to handle long distance dorm move-in day, when you're not driving.
Countdown to College Checklists
Ignore the glossy magazine spreads. Here's what your child actually needs to outfit his dorm room, from XL fitted sheets to flash drive, all spelled out in this easy-to-print dorm shopping list. Page 3.
Inflatable Games Party Idea
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.
A Geocaching Party for College Kids and Teens
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.
Dorm Life 101
From roommates to meal plans, everything a parent needs to know about dorm life.
Finals Week Care Package
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
Zombie Tag: Whether you call it Humans Vs. Zombies, HvZ or some other variant, zombie tag has become incredibly popular on college campuses.
Make a Graduation Video
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.
What's a Co-Signer?
First Apartment Lowdown: What's a co-signer?
Make a DIY Fleece Rug
Need something cozy underfoot for that dorm room or first apartment? A DIY fleece rug is just the ticket.
A Pearl Wedding Anniversary Celebration
Celebrating a 30th wedding anniversary? Traditionally, 30th anniversaries are celebrated with pearls, so why not use pearls to inspire an anniversary party at home?
What is a Parent PLUS Loan?
Parent PLUS Loan: What is a Parent PLUS loan?
A Silver Wedding Anniversary Celebration
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?
What is a Retention Rate?
What is a retention rate and how does that statistic affect your family?
What is a GED?
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.
An Eagle Scout Timeline
Eagle Scout: A timeline for the path to Eagle Scout.
Off to College
College Prep and Move-In Tips. Parenting Young Adults.
Beyond the College Orientation Tour
College orientation offers more than campus tours. It also gives parents a chance to get the lay of the collegiate land and figure out how to pre-pay textbooks, get birthday cakes delivered and other little niceties. Escape the college orientation tour and do a little exploring.
A DIY Fleece Blanket for the Dorm
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.
18th Birthday Ideas - Throw a Giant Games Party
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.
Choosing a College Major 101: A Parent Guide
Unless your kid knows exactly what he wants to do, watching your child go through the process of choosing a major can be tough. And things are considerably different now than they were back in our day. So here's a parent guide to choosing a major - what, when and how to help, without interfering.
Photo Crafts for the Dorm: Pencil Cup
Photo crafts are a great way to bring family and friends' images into a dorm room. This film strip-bedecked pencil cup is a great photo craft project.
What Parents Don't Know About Advanced...
Advanced Placement in College: Credits, caveats and other things no one tells parents.
Parents & Wedding Costs
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.
Countdown to College
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.
College & Conservatory Admissions 101 for...
Everything you ever wanted to know about applying to a college or a conservatory as a music, drama, dance or arts major.
DIY Party Photo Booth
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.
Great First Apartment Housewarming Gifts
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.
Gifts for Beaus, Boyfriends and Girlfriends
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.
Coed Dorm Rooms?
Coed Dorm Rooms: Whether you call it a coed dorm room or gender neutral housing, here's what the term means.
Last Minute Advice for College Kids
The eleventh hour is quickly approaching and parents everywhere are loading their cars with dorm gear. Now's the time for some last minute advice for college freshmen.
Moving Home: 6 Tips to Smooth the Transition
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How to Appeal an Academic Dismissal
An academic dismissal is a huge deal, but it's not the end of the world. Here's how to appeal.
What's Grad Night?
: The Grad Night trend was originally spurred by concerns about teens drinking and driving on graduation
Eagle Scout 101: A Parent Guide
Got a prospective Eagle Scout? This parent guide includes timelines and tips for the entire process.
The Emotional Side When Adult Children Move...
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.
Choosing a Dorm
Choosing a Dorm: The nitty gritty on suites, apartments and classic doubles. Tips on choosing a dorm.
Decorating That Dorm Room or First Apartment on...
Cheap Dorm Room Decor: Got a child moving into a dorm room or a first apartment? Here are four tips to help cut costs.
Hot New Dorm Supplies for 2013
Extra light bulbs, extra-long sheets? Of course your new freshman will need those things, but here's a peek at what's new and buzzy for 2013 in the world of dorm shopping.
Dorm Games: 'Cards Against Humanity'
There's no doubt about the dorm-appeal of board games such as "Apples to Apples," but if you're looking
Moving Out of the Dorms?
Two semesters is more than enough time to pack all sorts of debris into one's college dorm room. Then comes moving day. Here are tips to help smooth dorm move out day for college students and their families.
What is an RA?
Dorm Life: What is an RA? Parenting Young Adults.
What to Wear for a College Interview
Does your child have a college interview in his future? Tips on what to wear for a college interview.
6 Ways to Save Money on College Textbooks
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.
4 Reasons Not to Room With a High School Friend
College Roommates: 4 reasons rooming with a high school friend may not be a good idea for your college-bound kid.
Sobering Statistics on College Drinking
Here's the lowdown on the sobering statistics on college drinking.
What You Need to Know About College Kids and...
College Kids & ADD/ADHD: Sometimes what looks like academic problems in a college kid is actually an undiagnosed attention deficit disorder.
Eagle Scout Project Tips
Boy Scouts of America publishes guidelines for Eagle projects, but many troops have their own preferences. So here are insider tips on choosing an Eagle Project that is likely to win approval, and critical questions to ask before your son starts.
After the Diploma
The mortarboard has been tossed, the champagne popped, and your college kid is now officially done with school. What now? Here's the lowdown on college graduate possibilities, including jobs, the AmeriCorps, grad school and more.
What is a Certificate Program
Bachelor's degree? Check. Master's? Understood. But what is a certificate program?
First Apartment Paperwork
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.
5 Great Books on Parenting Young Adults
5 great parenting advice books for parents of college kids and young adults.
College Schedules & the Semester System
Wondering what the differences are between a college semester and quarter system? Here's how the semester system works.
Nursing School Graduation Party
Ready to celebrate? Here's how to throw the ultimate graduation party for your new med school or nursing school grad, complete with scrubs-like cookies and Corpse Reviver cocktails.
6 Tips to Help Your Stressed Out College Kid or...
As parents, we’re all too familiar with our own stress, but our kids suffer from it too, and stress rates among teens and young adults have spiked in recent years. Here are 6 tips to help your college kid cope with stress.
Health Insurance for Your Not-Yet-Employed Child
Parents are wise to worry when their grown children age out of family health benefits. Here are three ways for parents of young adults to get medical coverage for their uninsured young adults and not-yet-employed 20-somethings, so a case of appendicitis or a trip to the emergency room doesn't send them to the poorhouse.

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