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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.
Looking for great gifts for a med student, recent medical school graduate or new intern? Check out these ideas for gifts for new doctors.
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.
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.
Taxes, felonies and the selective service: 10 ways the law affects new 18-year-olds and their parents.
It's Thanksgiving, so let's give thanks for the amazing young adults we've raised.
Stocking stuffers for college-aged kids and young adults
Turning 18 is a big deal, not just emotionally but legally. Here's everything parents need to know, from celebrations to legal implications.
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.
Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid?
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.
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.
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.
If your soon-to-be college freshman or would-be grad student is a serious actor, you're not looking for just any school. Your family is seeking a conservatory or top-notch drama program on a university campus. Here's the lowdown on nine of the nation's best.
If you're searching for the perfect gift for a 20 something woman, here are 10 great ideas to choose from.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
Teen brains do not finish developing until long after the teenage years. For parents this has many important consequences. Here is what the research shows.
There's still time to apply to these 10 schools where B/C students have an excellent chance of gaining admission.
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.
Grown kids moved back home? Here's a sample rental contract that covers rent, chores and utilities, to get you started.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Planning an 18th birthday party? This grown-up version of a Harry Potter party should appeal to the child within, while entertaining your 18-year-old too.
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.
College Suicide: Statistics on college and teen suicides.
Throwing a surprise party for your favorite 18-year-old? Here are some tips and tricks to help you throw a fantastic surprise party.
NCAA: A list of NCAA sports. Parenting Young Adults.
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.
Looking for ideas for that 25th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no farther. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 25th wedding anniversary parties.
Got a new nursing student or nurse in your family? Here are some great gift ideas for that new RN or RN-to-be.
Baccalaureate: OK, you know what graduation is, but what's a baccalaureate ceremony?
Looking for ideas for that 30th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no farther. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 30th wedding anniversary parties.
Choosing a college major was difficult enough back when there were only 50. These days, there are hundreds of majors, in everything from astronautics to viticulture. Fortunately, those college majors all fall into six broad academic areas. Here's a list of college majors by academic area.
College Breakups: Despite the large number of college kids who try to maintain long-distance relationships, so many freshman couples break up over Thanksgiving, college administrators have given the phenomenon a name. They call it the Turkey Drop.
If you have a serious young musician in your family who is looking at colleges or grad school programs, he (and you) should be looking at conservatories or top-notch music programs within a university setting. Here's the lowdown on the top music schools in the West.
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.
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Got a Boy Scout working on his Eagle award? Here's how to plan an Eagle court ceremony, complete with sample Eagle court script.
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.
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.
A college-themed Advent Calendar is the perfect treat to tuck into a care package at this time of year.
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Eagle Merit Badges: The lowdown on the 21 merit badges required to become an Eagle Scout.
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Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid?
Greek Life: There are definite benefits and advantages to living in a fraternity or sorority, including several most parents don't even think about.
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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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Need something cozy underfoot for that dorm room or first apartment? A DIY fleece rug is just the ticket.
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.
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.
Looking for the perfect gift for your college kid? Here's the lowdown on the top teen pleasers that cost $50 or less.
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!
Great books for college kids, teens and 20somethings. Page 18.
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.
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.
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Eagle Scout: Required recommendations for the Eagle Scout application.
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 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.
What is a commuter student? Parenting Young Adults.
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Does your child have a chef's toque in his (or her) future? There are many paths to that career, including practical experience, as well as culinary schools. Here's a sampling of culinary schools and chef training programs.
How to assemble an Eagle Scout binder.
The 10 likeliest college interview questions.
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.
Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid? Page 13.
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.
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What is statutory rape. Young Adults.
11 Tips to Make Earning Boy Scout Merit Badges Easier
Greek Life & Rush: What is Rush?
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.
Thanksgiving break is almost upon us, but here are five things to do right now that will help get your family - and your college kids' - holiday season off to a good start.
First Apartment: From couch to toilet paper, equipping that first apartment is a pricey business. Here's the rundown on everything you'll need.
If your child is apply to college as a theater or music major, these tips will help him choose between conservatories and classic college.
The 8 hidden costs of moving into your first apartment. Here are the important things to budget for when moving into your first apartment.
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.
Cash and gift cards are great gifts for any graduating senior or new apartment dweller. They're practical, welcome - and one size fits all. The only problem is, giving someone a wad of tens is a tad tacky and even gift cards can be kind of ho-hum to open. So here are some clever ways to bestow those gifts, from a gift card diorama to a Monopoly-themed cash box.
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.
Everything you need to know to pack the perfect college care package, from baking to packing and mailing.
Heading to a tailgate? Or just crossing campus on a chilly day? These cozy fleece warmers - a DIY fleece scarf and matching hat - are just the ticket.
Tips to make your college freshman's first Thanksgiving home as relaxed and fun as possible.
Planning a graduation party or senior recital reception? Here are some ideas to get you started.
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?
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.
Everything you ever wanted to know about applying to a college or a conservatory as a music, drama, dance or arts major.
College Kids & ADD/ADHD: Sometimes what looks like academic problems in a college kid is actually an undiagnosed attention deficit disorder.
Bachelor's degree? Check. Master's? Understood. But what is a certificate program?
Here's the lowdown on the sobering statistics on college drinking.
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 "Harry Potter" fan? Most older teens and college kids grew up on J.K. Rowling's famous series.
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.
College Admissions 101: A step-by-step guide for families navigating the college admissions process.
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.
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.
It's tailgate party season, and nothing says festive football quite like great decorations - including cool DIY college-themed napkins, using collegiate-print fabric.
Path to Eagle: Sample Eagle Projects
As young adults leave college and begin their careers, loneliness can be a problem. How much should parents help them?
Music majors applying to conservatories or high end music programs will need to include a performance resume, as well as all the usual college application paperwork. Here's a sample to get you started.
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.
NCAA: What is the NCAA? Parenting Young Adults.
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.
A second honeymoon is a lovely way to celebrate a big wedding anniversary, especially when it's a 25th or 30th anniversary. But if you want to celebrate with friends and family, why not use your original honeymoon destination - Greece, perhaps - as inspiration for an anniversary party at home? Here are ideas for a Greek feast.
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.
Worried about college expenses and financial aid? Filling out the FAFSA, the free application for federal student aid, is the critical first step to access student loans and scholarships.
5 Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree: There are other paths to career success besides the classic college route - and the absence of a bachelor's degree doesn't automatically translate to burger flippage. Here's a round up of great jobs that do not require college degrees.
Does your child have a college interview in his future? Tips on what to wear for a college interview.
Looking for great gifts for a dental student, brand new dentist or dental hygienist? Here are some ideas to get you started.
College students and headaches go together, unfortunately, like peanut butter and jelly, because the pressures of college bring on stress and tension.
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.
Parent PLUS Loan: What is a Parent PLUS loan?
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.
When grown children move home, it can be an upheaval for the entire family. Here's a list of critical issues to think about.
Eagle Scout: A timeline for the path to Eagle Scout.
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.
More Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree: There are other paths to career success besides the classic college route - translators, for example, and fitness trainers are just two of those jobs that don't require a college degree.
It's a big day when your college kid or 20something introduces you to his or her new sweetheart. Here's what parents can do to finesse that first meeting.
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...
Wondering what the differences are between a college semester and quarter system? Here's how the semester system works.
When college kids head home for the long winter break, it may not be the four weeks of unfettered bliss parents anticipate.
Heaps of moldy laundry, snarly moods, spontaneous "borrowing"? Everyone's got a bad roommate story to
Is your son or daughter trying to choose a college major? Choosing a college major is his job, of course, but a parent's job is to provide support and encouragement - and asking some pertinent questions may help. Here are tips for every family, whether your college kid is determined, wavering or completely clueless about how to choose a college major.
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.
Not sure what to buy that 20 something guy in your life? Here are 10 great suggestions to choose from.
Junior One-Bedroom: What is a Junior One-Bedroom Apartment?
Dorm Crafts: Interested in making your own college-themed Christmas ornaments? Here's a roundup of possibilities.
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.
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.
Auditions are a nail-biting, but critical part of the process of applying to music schools. Here are eight helpful survival tips.
Looking for a creative way to give cash? Here's one idea for med students.
These hiking-treasure hunting adventures have drawn devoted fans of every age. Here's how to turn that enthusiasm into a great outing or birthday fete: a geocaching party for your favorite college kid or 20something.
What's the difference between a bachelor of music and a bachelor of arts in music?