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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.
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.
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.
Looking for great gifts for a med student, recent medical school graduate or new intern? Check out these ideas for gifts for new doctors.
Stocking stuffers for college-aged kids and young adults
Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid?
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.
Looking for great holiday gifts to delight and pamper your college kid or 20something? Here's a round-up in the $50 and up range.
Taxes, felonies and the selective service: 10 ways the law affects new 18-year-olds and their parents.
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.
Turning 18 is a big deal, not just emotionally but legally. Here's everything parents need to know, from celebrations to legal implications.
Need a gift for someone age 15-25? Millennials value experiences over thing and parents should keep this in mind. Here are our suggestions.
Looking for the perfect gift for your college kid? Here's the lowdown on the top teen pleasers that cost $50 or less.
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It's tough enough shopping for your own kid. How about his or her sweetheart, the boyfriend or girlfriend you don't know well but who may eventually become a member of your family? Here are some ideas. Page 3.
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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.
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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.
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The Best Books: If you're looking for a a great gift for the teen or 20something in your life, check out these books - about aliens, clairvoyants, battles and more. Page 5.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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Got a new nursing student or nurse in your family? Here are some great gift ideas for that new RN or RN-to-be.
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.
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In college admissions, early decision is a binding agreement. Is it breakable?
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First Apartment: From couch to toilet paper, equipping that first apartment is a pricey business. Here's the rundown on everything you'll need.
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.
Denied. Rejected. Snap. College rejection letters are sad, sad things. Here are ways to help your child cope with college rejections - including a way to find a little humor amid the bleakness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Quelf, a zany board game with all the appeal of a trivia contest, charades match and 12 other bizarrely imaginative games, is a winner among teens and 20somethings, as well as a favorite dorm board game.
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.
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.
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.
Grown kids moved back home? Here's a sample rental contract that covers rent, chores and utilities, to get you started.
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.
Everything you need to know to pack the perfect college care package, from baking to packing and mailing.
College Suicide: Statistics on college and teen suicides.
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.
Baccalaureate: OK, you know what graduation is, but what's a baccalaureate ceremony?
The heavy textbook load tends to destroy any notion of pleasurable leisure reading for college students, but these books are different. There's nothing like a few supermodels, clairvoyants and an alien invasion or two to help any college kid or 20something escape the world for a while.
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
Cash and gift cards are great gifts for any graduating senior or new apartment dweller. They're practical, welcome - and one size fits all. But there's nothing more adorable than a Monopoly-themed cash box when the cash gift is intended as a house warming.
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.
The Boomerang Generation is pretty comfortable on their parent's couches and here are some of the very good reasons why.
College students and headaches go together, unfortunately, like peanut butter and jelly, because the pressures of college bring on stress and tension.
Home for the holidays with college kids can mean walking a very fine line. Is it my house, my rules? Or is the family truce an act of negotiation?
Looking for ideas for that 25th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no farther. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 25th wedding anniversary parties.
Looking for creative ways to give cash? Here's a roundup of clever packaging ideas.
When college kids head home for the long winter break, it may not be the four weeks of unfettered bliss parents anticipate.
Eagle Merit Badges: The lowdown on the 21 merit badges required to become an Eagle Scout.
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.
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.
There's no doubt about the dorm-appeal of board games such as "Apples to Apples," but if you're looking
A cozy fleece scarf will keep you warm at any football tailgate, campus bonfire or chilly walk to the library. Here's how to make this cozy fleece warmer.
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.
Throwing a surprise party for your favorite 18-year-old? Here are some tips and tricks to help you throw a fantastic surprise party.
Planning a graduation party or senior recital reception? Here are some ideas to get you started.
The 10 likeliest college interview questions.
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.
A DIY family cookbook makes a great housewarming gift for your favorite new apartment dweller, but the wow factor lies in the presentation. Here's what you need to know about printing and binding options. Page 3.
There's a let down once the holidays are over, particularly when your college kid still has weeks of winter break left. Here are five great ways to spend that time.
Eleventh hour? Don't panic. This may be the final countdown to the holidays, but these last-minute Christmas gifts for college kids and 20-somethings can be made (or thrown together) in an evening.
The term "geek" may have been considered uncool in the 20th century, in the decades before laptops and
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.
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.
How to assemble an Eagle Scout binder.
How to succeed in college. Research shows that these 4 practices increase a students chance of success in college.
Got a "Harry Potter" fan? Most older teens and college kids grew up on J.K. Rowling's famous series.
What is a commuter student? Parenting Young Adults.
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.
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.
Looking for great gifts for a dental student, brand new dentist or dental hygienist? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Butterbeer, pumpkin pasties and more for a grown-up Harry Potter party.
11 Tips to Make Earning Boy Scout Merit Badges Easier
Everything you ever wanted to know about applying to a college or a conservatory as a music, drama, dance or arts major.
The holidays may be different with our teen and young adult kids but millennials can be pretty wonderful to have home for the holidays and here are the 8 best reasons why.
NCAA: A list of NCAA sports. Parenting Young Adults.
Greek Life & Rush: What is Rush?
College Kids & ADD/ADHD: Sometimes what looks like academic problems in a college kid is actually an undiagnosed attention deficit disorder.
ASE: What is involved in getting certified as an automotive technician, and what is the ASE?
Ticket to Ride is a strategy game about plotting railroad lines across a map of Europe or the United States, complete with ferry options and way stations. It' s a great game for groups and particularly fun for dorm play.
Great books, brimming with college advice and roommate tips, for families with college-bound kids and young adults.
Need something cozy underfoot for that dorm room or first apartment? A DIY fleece rug is just the ticket.
Rent to Own: What is a rent to own or lease to own option?
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?
Path to Eagle: Sample Eagle Projects
Looking for ideas for that 30th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no farther. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 30th wedding anniversary parties.
Pandemic Board Game Review: This highly addictive, cooperative game is a winner for science majors - and anyone interested in saving the world.
If your child is apply to college as a theater or music major, these tips will help him choose between conservatories and classic college.
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.
Music Conservatory: What is a music jury?
Eagle Scout: A timeline for the path to Eagle Scout.
What is statutory rape. Young Adults.
We've all done it - given our teen or 20-something an early Christmas gift. It's fabulous at the time, but when the actual holiday rolls around, it's kind of a bummer. What do you put under the tree? Voila: this sensational DIY craft, a coupon gift/reminder.
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.
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.
An academic dismissal is a huge deal, but it's not the end of the world. Here's how to appeal.
Academic Probation & Dismissal: Helping your child appeal.
When it comes to board games, few have the fanatical teen and young adult following of Settlers of Catan. Here's the scoop on the award-winning Settlers of Catan.
Greek Life: There are definite benefits and advantages to living in a fraternity or sorority, including several most parents don't even think about.
What is a retention rate and how does that statistic affect your family?
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.
The DAT: What is the Dental Admissions Test or DAT?
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.
Got a young adult interested in the Peace Corps? Here are the types of jobs Peace Corps volunteers take on.
Suzanne Collins' "Hunger Games" trilogy has been a mind-blowing crossover hit. Written for a YA crowd,
Commemorate your college kid's first year by using his college logo to inspire a DIY glass ball ornament for Christmas.
Looking for a creative way to give cash? Here's one idea for med students.
Board game nights are always popular - and no game draws a more passionate following than Settlers of Catan. So why not hold a game night party that draws on that theme?
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.
Eagle Scout: Required recommendations for the Eagle Scout application.
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.
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.
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.
Making a college snow globe? Here's how to make an easy snow globe with or without water.
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.
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. Here's the lowdown on some of the top music schools in the East.
Finding a great gift for a college kid can be tricky. By the time you know what's hot, it no longer is, right? But this gift list offers treasures, both classic and quirky, for the English major or book lover in your life.
Cash gifts are certainly popular. But handing over a stack of $20s can feel a tad tacky, even when it's as well-received as it doubtless will be by your favorite med student or nursing major. But when the cash gift is delivered by Dr. McSwine or Nurse Hogg - and you painted that piggy bank craft project yourself - well, it's pretty darn adorable.
That first trip home for a college student is always a rocky one. Here are six tips for parents of college students on not just surviving Thanksgiving or Fall break, but making it a wonderful family experience.
Great games for the dorm: Forbidden Island offers plenty of strategic fun and cooperative gameplay.
Dorm Crafts: Interested in making your own college-themed Christmas ornaments? Here's a roundup of possibilities.
Got a prospective Eagle Scout? This parent guide includes timelines and tips for the entire process.
When grown children move home, it can be an upheaval for the entire family. Here's a list of critical issues to think about.
New research shows that teen brains shut down when parents nag and might suggest better communication between parent and child.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.