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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.
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.
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.
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. You're looking for theater programs such as Tisch at New York University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Assemble an Eagle Scout Binder
How to assemble an Eagle Scout binder.
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.
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.
College and Teen Suicide Statistics: What You...
College Suicide: Statistics on college and teen suicides.
What is Rush?
Greek Life & Rush: What is Rush?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 21 Merit Badges Required for Eagle
Eagle Merit Badges: The lowdown on the 21 merit badges required to become an Eagle Scout.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can You Break an Early Decision Agreement?
In college admissions, early decision is a binding agreement. Is it breakable?
Great Gifts for College Kids & Young Adults
Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid?
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.
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.
A Harry Potter Party for Teens
Butterbeer, pumpkin pasties and more for a grown-up Harry Potter party.
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
What's a Baccalaureate Ceremony?
Baccalaureate: OK, you know what graduation is, but what's a baccalaureate ceremony?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boy Scout Merit Badge Tips
11 Tips to Make Earning Boy Scout Merit Badges Easier
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.
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.
NCAA Sports: The Sweet 23
NCAA: A list of NCAA sports. Parenting Young Adults.
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.
Sobering Statistics on College Drinking
Here's the lowdown on the sobering statistics on college drinking.
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.
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.
A Sampling of Eagle Scout Projects
Path to Eagle: Sample Eagle Projects
College Students & Headache Prevention
College students and headaches go together, unfortunately, like peanut butter and jelly, because the pressures of college bring on stress and tension.
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.
5 Ideas for an Amazing Graduation Party
Planning a graduation party or senior recital reception? Here are some ideas to get you started.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is a Rent to Own?
Rent to Own: What is a rent to own or lease to own option?
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eagle Scout Recommendations
Eagle Scout: Required recommendations for the Eagle Scout application.
An Eagle Scout Timeline
Eagle Scout: A timeline for the path to Eagle Scout.
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.
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
When It Makes Sense to Drop Out of School
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.
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.
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.
What is a Retention Rate?
What is a retention rate and how does that statistic affect your family?
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.
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.
What is a commuter student?
What is a commuter student? Parenting Young Adults.
Eagle Scout 101: A Parent Guide
Got a prospective Eagle Scout? This parent guide includes timelines and tips for the entire process.
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.
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.
College Kids, Illness & Injury
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.
What is statutory rape - and how does it affect...
What is statutory rape. Young Adults.
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.
A Care Package for Halloween
A care package for October? Make it a Halloween care package with these tricks and treats.
Top Music Schools in the South
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. The music program at Rice University in Texas is the top music school in the southern half of the United States, but it's not the only university with a great program. Page 2.
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.
What is a Certificate Program
Bachelor's degree? Check. Master's? Understood. But what is a certificate program?
College Fair 101
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.
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.
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.
What is Early Action?
There are a variety of ways to apply to college, including regular admission, rolling decision, early decision and early action.
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 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.
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.
Eco-Conscious Gifts for College Kids
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Holiday Gifts for College Kids (For \$50 or Less)
Looking for the perfect gift for your college kid? Here's the lowdown on the top teen pleasers that cost $50 or less.
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?
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 oversized Monopoly or Settlers of Catan board - and your kid and his friends will talk about it for years.
What is a Double Major?
What is a Double Major? Parenting Young Adults.
The 2013 Gift List: New Stocking Stuffers for...
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.
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.
What's a Co-Signer?
First Apartment Lowdown: What's a co-signer?
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.
High School Dropout Statistics
Educational reform seems to be having some impact in the United States, but the statistics on high school dropouts are still grim.
Coed Dorm Rooms?
Coed Dorm Rooms: Whether you call it a coed dorm room or gender neutral housing, here's what the term means.
Make a DIY Fleece Rug
Need something cozy underfoot for that dorm room or first apartment? A DIY fleece rug is just the ticket.
What Parents Don't Know About Advanced...
Advanced Placement in College: Credits, caveats and other things no one tells parents.
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.
Aiming for a Toque?
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.
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.
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.
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?
What is the NCAA?
NCAA: What is the NCAA? Parenting Young Adults.
What is the ASE?
ASE: What is involved in getting certified as an automotive technician, and what is the ASE?
College Expenses Besides Tuition
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.
6 Myths About College Admissions
Embarking on a college search? Helping your child apply to college? Don't fall prey to these 10 college admissions myths.
Clever Ways to Give Cash
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.
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.
College Tailgate Party Ideas
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.
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.
Top 10 College Interview Questions
The 10 likeliest college interview questions.
Well-Rounded Students and Other College...
College admissions officers are not looking for well-rounded students - and that explains some of those college rejections.
Boomerang Kids and Rent
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?
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.
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.
College apps cost how much??
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.
Handmade Gifts for College Kids
Looking for great college kid gifts? Page 15.
Pumpkin Chocolate-Chip Bread Recipe
Pumpkin bread is already pretty fabulous, but take down the sugar and add some chocolate chips and this recipe reaches new teen-pleasing heights. And its moistness makes it a natural for college care packages.
Crafts for Decorating the Dorm Room
Dorm rooms can be spartan affairs, but these easy, fun craft projects will add plenty of pizzazz.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
8 Audition Tips for Prospective Music Majors
Auditions are a nail-biting, but critical part of the process of applying to music schools. Here are eight helpful survival tips.
Gifts for Science Buffs and Sci-Fan Fans
Parenting Young Adults. Page 4.
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.
Sample Performance Resume for a Music Major
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.
The Cost of a Public University Education
Even state schools cost a bundle. Here's the average cost of a public university education in the United States.
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.
Nine Cool Stocking Stuffers for Teens & College...
Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid?
What's Grad Night?
: The Grad Night trend was originally spurred by concerns about teens drinking and driving on graduation
Ten De-Stressing Activities
Stressed out over school, exams or life in general? Here are 10 ways to de-stress.

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