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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.
Taxes, felonies and the selective service: 10 ways the law affects new 18-year-olds and their parents.
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.
Turning 18 is a big deal, not just emotionally but legally. Here's everything parents need to know, from celebrations to legal implications.
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.
Everything you need to know to pack the perfect college care package, from baking to packing and mailing.
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.
Looking for great gifts for a med student, recent medical school graduate or new intern? Check out these ideas for gifts for new doctors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First Apartment: From couch to toilet paper, equipping that first apartment is a pricey business. Here's the rundown on everything you'll need.
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.
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.
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.
Like Harry Potter, Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games series may have been aimed at the YA set to begin with, but its 20 million crossover fans include college kids and 20somethings too.
Just because 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.
College Suicide: Statistics on college and teen suicides.
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.
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.
Looking for ideas for that 25th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no farther. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 25th wedding anniversary parties.
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.
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.
In college admissions, early decision is a binding agreement. Is it breakable?
Throwing a surprise party for your favorite 18-year-old? Here are some tips and tricks to help you throw a fantastic surprise party.
Got a prospective Eagle Scout? This parent guide includes timelines and tips for the entire process.
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.
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.
Eagle Merit Badges: The lowdown on the 21 merit badges required to become an Eagle Scout.
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.
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.
Butterbeer, pumpkin pasties and more for a grown-up Harry Potter party.
How to assemble an Eagle Scout binder.
Baccalaureate: OK, you know what graduation is, but what's a baccalaureate ceremony?
Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid?
Greek Life: There are definite benefits and advantages to living in a fraternity or sorority, including several most parents don't even think about.
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 does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
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.
Looking for ideas for that 30th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no farther. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 30th wedding anniversary parties.
NCAA: A list of NCAA sports. Parenting Young Adults.
Planning a graduation party or senior recital reception? Here are some ideas to get you started.
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.
If your child is apply to college as a theater or music major, these tips will help him choose between conservatories and classic college.
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 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.
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?
College students and headaches go together, unfortunately, like peanut butter and jelly, because the pressures of college bring on stress and tension.
Greek Life & Rush: What is Rush?
Path to Eagle: Sample Eagle Projects
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.
Here's the lowdown on the sobering statistics on college drinking.
Got a new nursing student or nurse in your family? Here are some great gift ideas for that new RN or RN-to-be.
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.
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.
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.
Everything you ever wanted to know about applying to a college or a conservatory as a music, drama, dance or arts major.
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 quarter-million dollars to go to college? That's the potential four-year tab if your child chooses one of these universities, which rank among the 10 most expensive colleges in the U.S.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eagle Scout: Required recommendations for the Eagle Scout application.
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.
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.
The 10 likeliest college interview questions.
What is statutory rape. Young Adults.
Rent to Own: What is a rent to own or lease to own option?
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 a commuter student? Parenting Young Adults.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stocking stuffers for college-aged kids and young adults
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.
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.
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.
Your music major's recital performance is up to him, but parents can help with several aspects, including the invitations.
What is a retention rate and how does that statistic affect your family?
Eagle Scout: A timeline for the path to Eagle Scout.
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.
Need something cozy underfoot for that dorm room or first apartment? A DIY fleece rug is just the ticket.
A care package for October? Make it a Halloween care package with these tricks and treats.
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.
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.
Zombie Tag: Whether you call it Humans Vs. Zombies, HvZ or some other variant, zombie tag has become incredibly popular on college campuses.
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?
Once upon a time, the bride's parents paid the wedding costs (and assembled goats, carts and other dowry gifts too). Now families split wedding costs many different ways. Here's the traditional breakdown of wedding costs for parents.
There are a variety of ways to apply to college, including regular admission, rolling decision, early decision and early action.
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.
Looking for the perfect gift for your college kid? Here's the lowdown on the top teen pleasers that cost $50 or less.
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.
NCAA: What is the NCAA? Parenting Young Adults.
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.
Looking for ideas for that 35th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no further. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 35th wedding anniversary parties.
A Look at Notre Dame: What parents want to know about Notre Dame, the Golden Dome and the Fighting Irish.
Does your child have a college interview in his future? Tips on what to wear for a college interview.
Celebrating a 30th wedding anniversary? Traditionally, 30th anniversaries are celebrated with pearls, so why not use pearls to inspire an anniversary party at home?
Junior One-Bedroom: What is a Junior One-Bedroom Apartment?
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.
What is a Double Major? Parenting Young Adults.
Every parent of college students or young adults eventually goes through empty nest depression. Here are 7 ways to cope with the blues.
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.
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.
Coed Dorm Rooms: Whether you call it a coed dorm room or gender neutral housing, here's what the term means.
As college bound kids fill out their health records for their campus health services, they - and parents of college students - will want to consider the Meningococcal vaccine, which guards against bacterial meningitis.
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.
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.
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?
Looking for great college kid gifts? Page 15.
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.
Dorm rooms can be spartan affairs, but these easy, fun craft projects will add plenty of pizzazz.
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.
Bachelor's degree? Check. Master's? Understood. But what is a certificate program?
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 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Looking for great gifts for college kids and teens? Page 10.
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...
College Breakups: Despite the large number of college kids who try to maintain long-distance relationships, so many freshman couples break up over Thanksgiving, college administrators have given the phenomenon a name. They call it the Turkey Drop.
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.
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.
Educational reform seems to be having some impact in the United States, but the statistics on high school dropouts are still grim.
Plagiarism Prevention: What is Turnitin.com?
Advanced Placement in College: Credits, caveats and other things no one tells parents.
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.
Great books, brimming with college advice and roommate tips, for families with college-bound kids and young adults.
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.
Peace Corps 101: What parents can expect when their child joins the Peace Corps.
College admissions officers are not looking for well-rounded students - and that explains some of those college rejections.
That first trip home for a college student is always a rocky one. Here are six tips for parents of college students on not just surviving Thanksgiving or Fall break, but making it a wonderful family experience.
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?
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.
Boy Scouts of America publishes guidelines for Eagle projects, but many troops have their own preferences. So here are insider tips on choosing an Eagle Project that is likely to win approval, and critical questions to ask before your son starts.
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.
Embarking on a college search? Helping your child apply to college? Don't fall prey to these 10 college admissions myths.
Got a young adult interested in the Peace Corps? Here are the types of jobs Peace Corps volunteers take on.