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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.
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.
Taxes, felonies and the selective service: 10 ways the law affects new 18-year-olds and their parents.
Baccalaureate: OK, you know what graduation is, but what's a baccalaureate ceremony?
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.
Turning 18 is a big deal, not just emotionally but legally. Here's everything parents need to know, from celebrations to legal implications.
Planning a graduation party or senior recital reception? Here are some ideas to get you started.
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.
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.
Looking for great gifts for a med student, recent medical school graduate or new intern? Check out these ideas for gifts for new doctors.
Tales of pub crawls and epic hangovers abound. But here are five ideas for families who want to host a memorable 21st birthday celebration that may involve a little celebratory booze, but nothing excessive.
Sure, going to class is important, but here are 101 other things to do in college, following such traditions as hugging the mascot, playing inner-tube water polo and more. Here's a round-up of college traditions every kid should do at least once.
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.
First Apartment: From couch to toilet paper, equipping that first apartment is a pricey business. Here's the rundown on everything you'll need.
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.
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.
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.
College Suicide: Statistics on college and teen suicides.
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.
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.
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.
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 ideas for that 25th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no farther. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 25th wedding anniversary parties.
Everything you need to know to pack the perfect college care package, from baking to packing and mailing.
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.
Like "Harry Potter," Suzanne Collins' "Hunger Games" series may have been aimed at the YA set to begin
Got a new nursing student or nurse in your family? Here are some great gift ideas for that new RN or RN-to-be.
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.
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.
Grown kids moved back home? Here's a sample rental contract that covers rent, chores and utilities, 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Denied. Rejected. Snap. College rejection letters are sad, sad things. Here are ways to help your child cope - including a way to find a little humor amid the bleakness.
Throwing a surprise party for your favorite 18-year-old? Here are some tips and tricks to help you throw a fantastic surprise party.
Here's the lowdown on the sobering statistics on college drinking.
Looking for ideas for that 30th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no farther. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 30th wedding anniversary parties.
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 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.
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.
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.
Greek Life & Rush: What is Rush?
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.
Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid?
NCAA: A list of NCAA sports. Parenting Young Adults.
11 Tips to Make Earning Boy Scout Merit Badges Easier
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.
College students and headaches go together, unfortunately, like peanut butter and jelly, because the pressures of college bring on stress and tension.
Greek Life: There are definite benefits and advantages to living in a fraternity or sorority, including several most parents don't even think about.
Graduation Gifts: Wondering what to get the new high school graduate in your life? Here's a round up of great graduation gifts for the college-bound senior.
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.
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.
If your child is apply to college as a theater or music major, these tips will help him choose between conservatories and classic college.
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.
A great graduation party requires great party food. Here's a round-up of easy to make, easy to serve recipes that are perfect for a graduation buffet.
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.
What is a retention rate and how does that statistic affect your family?
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.
How to assemble an Eagle Scout binder.
Path to Eagle: Sample Eagle Projects
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?
These days, students aren't the only ones to go to college orientation. Parents and younger sibs do too. Here's what to expect.
Your music major's recital performance is up to him, but parents can help with several aspects, including the invitations. Page 2.
Planning an 18th birthday party? Or winter break festivities for your college kid? Teens grew up on Harry Potter - and the Hogwarts wizard grew up too. This grown-up version of a Harry Potter party should appeal to the child within, while entertaining your 18-year-old too.
Eagle Merit Badges: The lowdown on the 21 merit badges required to become an Eagle Scout.
Choosing a Dorm: The nitty gritty on suites, apartments and classic doubles. Tips on choosing a dorm.
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.
Looking for a good way to commemorate graduation? A memory board or photo collage makes a great graduation gift.
College Kids & ADD/ADHD: Sometimes what looks like academic problems in a college kid is actually an undiagnosed attention deficit disorder.
Whether it's a high school or college graduation, all those hours of pomp and circumstance can be not just uncomfortable, but potentially dangerous when the temperature soars and frail grandparents are in your crowd. So here's a guide to graduation survival - from sunburn and heatstroke prevention to how to find your grad in the sea of mortarboards.
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 college kids get mono, it can derail studies and make life miserable for a few weeks or a few months. Here's the scoop.
Heading to graduation festivities? Do you dress up? Down? Layered? Not? Here's what to wear to baccalaureate, graduation and those other big ceremonies too.
The 10 likeliest college interview questions.
When grown children move home, it can be an upheaval for the entire family. Here's a list of critical issues to think about.
As soon as your new college freshman decides on a school for fall, fill out those college housing forms. College housing assignments are first come, first serve, whether it's a dorm room, a residence hall suite or a campus apartment.
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
What is a rising senior? Parenting Young Adults.
Eagle Scout: A timeline for the path to Eagle Scout.
Looking for the perfect gift for your college kid? Here's the lowdown on the top teen pleasers that cost $50 or less.
Great books, brimming with college advice and roommate tips, for families with college-bound kids and young adults.
Music Major Glossary: What is a senior recital?
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.
Everything you ever wanted to know about applying to a college or a conservatory as a music, drama, dance or arts major.
College Prep and Move-In Tips. Parenting Young Adults.
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 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.
Got a prospective Eagle Scout? This parent guide includes timelines and tips for the entire process.
First Apartment Lowdown: What's a co-signer?
Looking for great gifts for a dental student, brand new dentist or dental hygienist? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Need something cozy underfoot for that dorm room or first apartment? A DIY fleece rug is just the ticket.
What is a commuter student? Parenting Young Adults.
Coed Dorm Rooms: Whether you call it a coed dorm room or gender neutral housing, here's what the term means.
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.
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. Page 3.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In college admissions, early decision is a binding agreement. Is it breakable?
: The Grad Night trend was originally spurred by concerns about teens drinking and driving on graduation
Zombie Tag: Whether you call it Humans Vs. Zombies, HvZ or some other variant, zombie tag has become incredibly popular on college campuses.
Dorm rooms can be spartan affairs, but these easy, fun craft projects will add plenty of pizzazz.
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.
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.
Celebrating a 30th wedding anniversary? Traditionally, 30th anniversaries are celebrated with pearls, so why not use pearls to inspire an anniversary party at home?
From roommates to meal plans, everything a parent needs to know about dorm life.
5 More Jobs That Don't Require a Degree: There are other paths to career success besides the classic college route. Here are five more great jobs - blackjack dealer, electrician and more - that don't require a college degree.
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. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for ideas for that 35th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no farther. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 35th wedding anniversary parties.
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.
First Apartment: There's nothing like contemplating a new apartment to unleash a torrent of paperwork. Here's what you, oh parent and co-signer, can expect to see.
Does your child have a college interview in his future? Tips on what to wear for a college interview.
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.
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.
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?
College Roommates: 4 reasons rooming with a high school friend may not be a good idea for your college-bound kid.
Every parent of college students or young adults eventually goes through empty nest depression. Here are 7 ways to cope with the blues.
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. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Somehow a college kid's possessions always seem to double over the course of the year. Here's how to find summer storage near campus for all that extra dorm stuff when your child moves out of the dorm.
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.
Educational reform seems to be having some impact in the United States, but the statistics on high school dropouts are still grim.
Throwing a graduation party? These adorable cupcakes and dessert ideas will make that party memorable - and delicious.
Getting the most out of a college visit means more than simply taking the campus tour.
Going to college while living at home? If your child is headed for a junior college or commuter school, chances are he'll be living at home during at least the first two years of his college career. Here are tips on making this dorm alternative work for your family.
Bachelor's degree? Check. Master's? Understood. But what is a certificate program?
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.
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.
Greek life can be a wonderful, sociable thing, but there can be a dark side to Greek life too.
5 great parenting advice books for parents of college kids and young adults.
FERPA - What are these federal privacy or FERPA laws that govern my kid's records?
Looking for a creative way to give cash? Here's one idea for med students.
Here are the latest teen pregnancy and sexuality statistics.
Stocking stuffers for college-aged kids and young adults
NCAA: What is the NCAA? Parenting Young Adults.
Hollywood loves college kids - both as an audience and a movie topic. So it's no wonder that movies featuring
Parent Misconceptions About College Majors: Starving artists, useless majors and other college major myths debunked.
Even state schools cost a bundle. Here's the average cost of a public university education in the United States.
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.