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What's a Baccalaureate Ceremony?
Baccalaureate: OK, you know what graduation is, but what's a baccalaureate ceremony?
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.
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.
What to Wear to Baccalaureate and Graduation
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.
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.
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.
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.
6 Things Every College Grad Should Know How To Do
Colleges teaches young adults many things, but here are a few they need to learn outside the classroom.
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.
Graduation Memory Boards
Looking for a good way to commemorate graduation? A memory board or photo collage makes a great graduation gift.
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.
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.
What's Grad Night?
: The Grad Night trend was originally spurred by concerns about teens drinking and driving on graduation
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.
Great Graduation Gifts
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Great Gifts for Business School Students &...
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.
5 Ideas for an Amazing Graduation Party
Planning a graduation party or senior recital reception? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Top Music Schools in the West
If you have a serious young musician in your family, chances are, you're looking at music conservatories or top-notch music programs within a university setting. Here's the lowdown on the top music schools in California, including USC's Thornton, Colburn and some of the smaller conservatories within a university setting. Page 2.
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.
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.
A Sample Rental Contract for Boomerang Kids
Grown kids moved back home? Here's a sample rental contract that covers rent, chores and utilities, to get you started.
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.
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.
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.
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.
15 Jobs for Dance Majors
If your favorite college kid is a dance major, don't despair. She (or he) is following her heart and whether she's into ballet, jazz or Tommy Tune, there are plenty of career options out there. Here are 15 job options for dance majors to explore.
What 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.
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.
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.
Boy Scout Merit Badge Tips
11 Tips to Make Earning Boy Scout Merit Badges Easier
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.
Graduation Survival Tips
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.
The 21 Merit Badges Required for Eagle
Eagle Merit Badges: The lowdown on the 21 merit badges required to become an Eagle Scout.
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.
A Sampling of Eagle Scout Projects
Path to Eagle: Sample Eagle Projects
Moving Out of the Dorms?
Two semesters is more than enough time to pack all sorts of debris into one's college dorm room. Then comes moving day. Here are tips to help smooth dorm move out day for college students and their families.
5 of the Best Ways Millennials Can Find a Job
The job market is recovering and here are five suggestions on ways to help college students and young adults to find a job.
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.
NCAA Sports: The Sweet 23
NCAA: A list of NCAA sports. Parenting Young Adults.
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.
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.
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
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.
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.
A Harry Potter Party for Teens
Butterbeer, pumpkin pasties and more for a grown-up Harry Potter party.
10 Best Gifts for New Nurses and Nursing Students
Got a new nursing student or nurse in your family? Here are some great gift ideas for that new RN or RN-to-be.
College and Teen Suicide Statistics: What You...
College Suicide: Statistics on college and teen suicides.
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.
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.
Graduation Cupcake Ideas
Any buffet spread gets added visual appeal by varying the heights of your serving platters, via cupcake towers and easy-to-make display stands.
What You Need to Know To Prepare For College...
Planning ahead for college graduation day essential if you are to avoid the many logistical obstacles that can mar an otherwise joyous family celebration.
Clever Containers for Giving Cash Gifts
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.
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.
Where Does One Get a Graduation Cap and Gown?
Got a graduating senior? Here's the scoop where to get a cap, gown and hood, and what it all means.
How to Assemble an Eagle Scout Binder
How to assemble an Eagle Scout binder.
What is a commuter student?
What is a commuter student? Parenting Young Adults.
What is a rising senior?
What is a rising senior? Parenting Young Adults.
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.
25th Wedding Anniversary Parties: A Retro 1980s...
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!
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.
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.
Graduation Bingo
Graduation is a marvelous milestone, but how many cliches can one long speech hold? Enough to cover these DIY graduation bingo boards. Here's how to make them. Page 2.
Great Gifts for College Kids & Young Adults
Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid?
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.
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.
When College Students Cannot Find a Summer Job
The economy has picked up from the recession lows, but the summer job market can still be tough for college kids. Here is how parents can help.
What is a Senior Recital?
Music Major Glossary: What is a senior recital?
What is a Certificate Program
Bachelor's degree? Check. Master's? Understood. But what is a certificate program?
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.
A Wedding Anniversary Party: A Greek Feast
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.
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.
What is Rush?
Greek Life & Rush: What is Rush?
What is the ASE?
ASE: What is involved in getting certified as an automotive technician, and what is the ASE?
Inflatable Games Party Idea
Remember those bounce houses from childhood? Put a spin on the inflatable games concept with this college or 18th birthday party idea: an inflatable games party with plenty of grown-up appeal.
A 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?
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.
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.
An Eagle Scout Timeline
Eagle Scout: A timeline for the path to Eagle Scout.
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.
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.
Eagle Scout Recommendations
Eagle Scout: Required recommendations for the Eagle Scout application.
DIY Cupcake Tower
Throwing a graduation party? Make it memorable by showcasing the cupcakes atop a DIY cupcake tower. Here's how to make one for just a few dollars.
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?
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.
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.
What is statutory rape - and how does it affect...
What is statutory rape. Young Adults.
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.
Senior Recital Reception
Senior recital receptions can offer unusual culinary challenges. They're held in rehearsal halls, a concert
Eagle Scout 101: A Parent Guide
Got a prospective Eagle Scout? This parent guide includes timelines and tips for the entire process.
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.
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.
What is a Retention Rate?
What is a retention rate and how does that statistic affect your family?
Crafts: College-Themed Napkins for a Tailgate...
It's tailgate party season, and nothing says festive football quite like great decorations - including cool DIY college-themed napkins, using collegiate-print fabric.
Great Gifts for Dental Students
Looking for great gifts for a dental student, brand new dentist or dental hygienist? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Creative Ways to Give Cash: Prescription Bottle
Looking for a creative way to give cash? Here's one idea for med students.
Everything You Need to Know When Grown Children...
When grown children move home, it can be an upheaval for the entire family. Here's a list of critical issues to think about.
College & 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.
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.
5 Great Books for the College-Bound
Great books, brimming with college advice and roommate tips, for families with college-bound kids and young adults.
7 Things to do Before You Graduate College
College is only four years and those years go fast. Here are seven experiences that college student might want to have before commencement day.
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.
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?
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?
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.
My Kid Moved Back Home, Now What?
The Boomerang Generation is pretty comfortable on their parent's couches and here are some of the very good reasons why.
Creative Ways to Give Cash
Looking for creative ways to give cash? Here's a roundup of clever packaging ideas.
What is a Rent to Own?
Rent to Own: What is a rent to own or lease to own option?
What is a Junior One-Bedroom Apartment?
Junior One-Bedroom: What is a Junior One-Bedroom Apartment?
Off to College
College Prep and Move-In Tips. Parenting Young Adults.
What is TurnItIn.com?
Plagiarism Prevention: What is Turnitin.com?
The Perfect Graduation Party Buffet
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.
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.
6 Things Millennials Need to Learn for...
College students and young adults do not learn about personal finances in school. Here are six essential facts they need to know for financial literacy
Tackling the FAFSA
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.
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.
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.
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.
Care Package Gift Certificate
Looking for a graduation gift from the heart? Tuck a care package gift certificate - a promise to send cookies - into that present.
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.
18th Birthday Ideas - Throw a Giant Games Party
Getting ready to throw a big 18th birthday party? Make it a giant games party - with an enormous Twister board - and your kid and his friends will talk about it for years. Page 2.
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.
Push-Up Cake Pops
Push-up cake pops have become the hot party trend. Here's how to make them.
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.
Creative Ways to Give Cash: A Painted Piggy Bank
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.
Dorm Crafts: Easy No-Sew Fleece Pillows
Making a fleece pillow for that dorm bed? The first step is cutting the fringe.
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.
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. Here's the lowdown on some of the top music schools in the East.
Words of Inspiration for High School and...
For any parent looking for words of wisdom to share with their high school or college graduate, here are some of the most famous and beautiful.
What is a Parent PLUS Loan?
Parent PLUS Loan: What is a Parent PLUS loan?
Art school? Or college?
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...
What are Historically Black Colleges or...
What are historically black colleges or universities?
4 Tips to Help Your Child Succeed in College
How to succeed in college. Research shows that these 4 practices increase a students chance of success in college.
The Emotional Side When Adult Children Move...
Parent emotions can go haywire when their grown kids move back home. Young adults may move home to recover from student loan debt or a personal crisis, but parents can't help but wonder if they did something wrong.
Choosing a Dorm
Choosing a Dorm: The nitty gritty on suites, apartments and classic doubles. Tips on choosing a dorm.
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.
DIY Family Cookbook for College Kids
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.
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.
Graduation Party Decorations
Planning a graduation party? Here's a round-up of great, college-centric ideas - including playful, interactive table centerpieces - for the festivities.
The Most Important Financial Advice You Can...
When it comes to personal finance many millennials turn to their parents for advice. Here are 5 pieces of expert advice that parents can pass along.
Teen Driving Deaths
Parents are anxious enough about the safety of their teens, but the latest crop of teen driving statistics - and fatality rates - is enough to give anyone pause. The summer after high school is a dangerous time for new drivers.
Graduation Thank You Notes
Graduation has come and gone, dorm shopping is well underway - and those thank yous still haven't been written? These thank you notes are just the ticket.
College Graduation: Here Is What Comes Next
Life after senior year in college and graduation. Here is a guide to many of the things parents need to know about this next stage in their kids lives
What is the NCAA?
NCAA: What is the NCAA? Parenting Young Adults.

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