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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is Rush?
Greek Life & Rush: What is Rush?
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.
Boy Scout Merit Badge Tips
11 Tips to Make Earning Boy Scout Merit Badges Easier
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
The 21 Merit Badges Required for Eagle
Eagle Merit Badges: The lowdown on the 21 merit badges required to become an Eagle Scout.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Push-Up Cake Pops
Push-up pops have become the latest party trend. Here's what you'll need to make them.
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.
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.
College and Teen Suicide Statistics: What You...
College Suicide: Statistics on college and teen suicides.
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.
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.
A Harry Potter Party for Teens
Butterbeer, pumpkin pasties and more for a grown-up Harry Potter party.
First Apartment Paperwork
First Apartment: There's nothing like contemplating a new apartment to unleash a torrent of paperwork. Here's what you, parent and co-signer, can expect.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
What's a Baccalaureate Ceremony?
Baccalaureate: OK, you know what graduation is, but what's a baccalaureate ceremony?
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is a commuter student?
What is a commuter student? Parenting Young Adults.
NCAA Sports: The Sweet 23
NCAA: A list of NCAA sports. Parenting Young Adults.
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
How to Assemble an Eagle Scout Binder
How to assemble an Eagle Scout binder.
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.
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?
Can You Break an Early Decision Agreement?
In college admissions, early decision is a binding agreement. Is it breakable?
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.
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.
14 Awesome Stocking Stuffers for College Kids &...
Stocking stuffers for college-aged kids and young adults
5 Ideas for an Amazing Graduation Party
Planning a graduation party or senior recital reception? Here are some ideas to get you started.
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.
What is statutory rape - and how does it affect...
What is statutory rape. Young Adults.
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.
Eagle Scout Recommendations
Eagle Scout: Required recommendations for the Eagle Scout application.
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 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.
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.
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.
A Sampling of Eagle Scout Projects
Path to Eagle: Sample Eagle Projects
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.
Sobering Statistics on College Drinking
Here's the lowdown on the sobering statistics on college drinking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is a Parent PLUS Loan?
Parent PLUS Loan: What is a Parent PLUS loan?
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.
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.
Crafts for Decorating the Dorm Room
Dorm rooms can be spartan affairs, but these easy, fun craft projects will add plenty of pizzazz.
Make a DIY Fleece Rug
Need something cozy underfoot for that dorm room or first apartment? A DIY fleece rug is just the ticket.
Coed Dorm Rooms?
Coed Dorm Rooms: Whether you call it a coed dorm room or gender neutral housing, here's what the term means.
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is a Retention Rate?
What is a retention rate and how does that statistic affect your family?
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.
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.
Great Dorm Card Games: Gloom
A card game for grown-up Lemony Snicket fans, Gloom is a great game for small groups and particularly fun for dorm play.
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.
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 a rising senior?
What is a rising senior? Parenting Young Adults.
What is a Rent to Own?
Rent to Own: What is a rent to own or lease to own option?
What is an RA?
Dorm Life: What is an RA? Parenting Young Adults.
How to Host a College Care Package Cookie...
Cookie exchanges can be a delightful - and easy - way to end up with an assortment of beautiful treats. But make it a care package cookie exchange and parents of college students are not just getting pretty sweets, you're socializing with friends going through the same emotional, empty nest leave-taking. And the care package that eventually arrives on campus tells your college kid that it's not just you who misses him, it's the whole neighborhood.
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.
Off to College
College Prep and Move-In Tips. Parenting Young Adults.
How the College Admissions Process Works
Despite the hysteria surrounding college admissions and the beastly amount of paperwork, the process itself is fairly straight forward. Here's a basic outline of how the college admissions process works.
What is a Certificate Program
Bachelor's degree? Check. Master's? Understood. But what is a certificate program?
Top 10 College Interview Questions
The 10 likeliest college interview questions.
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.
The Lowdown on Oregon State
A peek at Oregon State University, Corvalis.
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.
What's a Co-Signer?
First Apartment Lowdown: What's a co-signer?
5 Great Books on Parenting Young Adults
5 great parenting advice books for parents of college kids and young adults.
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.
Countdown to College Checklists
Ignore the glossy magazine spreads. Here's what your child actually needs to outfit his dorm room, from XL fitted sheets to flash drive, all spelled out in this easy-to-print dorm shopping list. Page 3.
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.
Eagle Scout 101: A Parent Guide
Got a prospective Eagle Scout? This parent guide includes timelines and tips for the entire process.
What is a Double Major?
What is a Double Major? Parenting Young Adults.
Dorm Life 101
From roommates to meal plans, everything a parent needs to know about dorm life.
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.
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...
Moving Home: 6 Tips to Smooth the Transition
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Well-Rounded Students and Other College...
College admissions officers are not looking for well-rounded students - and that explains some of those college rejections.
Board Game Party: Settlers of Catan Game Night
Board game nights are always popular - and no game draws a more passionate following than Settlers of Catan. So why not hold a game night party that draws on that theme?
6 Tips to Help Your Stressed Out College Kid or...
As parents, we’re all too familiar with our own stress, but our kids suffer from it too, and stress rates among teens and young adults have spiked in recent years. Here are 6 tips to help your college kid cope with stress.
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.
Quidditch Rules
Muggle Quidditch: Throwing a Harry Potter Party for your off-to-college kid? Quidditch isn't just a cool literary concept. It's a co-ed team sport on hundreds of college campuses. Here's the lowdown on Quidditch rules, snitch and all.
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.
Empty Nest Syndrome: Even Siblings Get the Blues
Younger siblings feel the loss when the big brother or sister heads off to college. Here are four ways to help them deal with their own empty nest blues.
After the Diploma
The mortarboard has been tossed, the champagne popped, and your college kid is now officially done with school. What now? Here's the lowdown on college graduate possibilities, including jobs, the AmeriCorps, grad school and more.
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
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.
Celebrating a Wedding Anniversary: A Hawaiian...
A second honeymoon is a lovely way to celebrate a big wedding anniversary, especially when it's a 25th or 30th anniversary. But honeymoons, first or second, are meant to be celebrated privately. If you want to celebrate with friends and family too, why not use that honeymoon destination - Hawaii, perhaps - to inspire an anniversary party at home? In other words, with a Hawaiian luau.
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.
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.
What's FERPA?
FERPA - What are these federal privacy or FERPA laws that govern my kid's records?

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