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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.
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.
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.
First Apartment: From couch to toilet paper, equipping that first apartment is a pricey business. Here's the rundown on everything you'll need.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These days, students aren't the only ones to go to college orientation. Parents and younger sibs do too. Here's what to expect.
Everything you need to know to pack the perfect college care package, from baking to packing and mailing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Grown kids moved back home? Here's a sample rental contract that covers rent, chores and utilities, to get you started.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for ideas for that 30th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no farther. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 30th wedding anniversary parties.
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.
Baccalaureate: OK, you know what graduation is, but what's a baccalaureate ceremony?
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 a graduation party or senior recital reception? Here are some ideas to get you started.
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.
Throwing a surprise party for your favorite 18-year-old? Here are some tips and tricks to help you throw a fantastic surprise party.
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.
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.
11 Tips to Make Earning Boy Scout Merit Badges Easier
Eagle Merit Badges: The lowdown on the 21 merit badges required to become an Eagle Scout.
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?
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.
Dorm rooms can be spartan affairs, but these easy, fun craft projects will add plenty of pizzazz.
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.
Planning an 18th birthday party? This grown-up version of a Harry Potter party should appeal to the child within, while entertaining your 18-year-old too.
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.
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?
Great books, brimming with college advice and roommate tips, for families with college-bound kids and young adults.
Path to Eagle: Sample Eagle Projects
When grown children move home, it can be an upheaval for the entire family. Here's a list of critical issues to think about.
Types of College Majors: Choosing a college major was difficult enough back when there were only a handful. These days, there are hundreds of majors. Fortunately, they all fall into six types.
What is a rising senior? Parenting Young Adults.
Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid?
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.
How to assemble an Eagle Scout binder.
If your child is apply to college as a theater or music major, these tips will help him choose between conservatories and classic college.
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.
NCAA: A list of NCAA sports. Parenting Young Adults.
College Suicide: Statistics on college and teen suicides.
Greek Life & Rush: What is Rush?
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.
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.
Got a new nursing student or nurse in your family? Here are some great gift ideas for that new RN or RN-to-be.
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.
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.
First Apartment Lowdown: What's a co-signer?
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.
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.
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.
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.
College Prep and Move-In Tips. Parenting Young Adults.
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.
Eagle Scout: Required recommendations for the Eagle Scout application.
Every parent of college students or young adults eventually goes through empty nest depression. Here are 7 ways to cope with the blues.
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.
Eagle Scout: A timeline for the path to Eagle Scout.
Everything you ever wanted to know about applying to a college or a conservatory as a music, drama, dance or arts major.
From roommates to meal plans, everything a parent needs to know about dorm life.
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.
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.
What is a commuter student? Parenting Young Adults.
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.
College orientation offers more than campus tours. It also gives parents a chance to get the lay of the collegiate land and figure out how to pre-pay textbooks, get birthday cakes delivered and other little niceties. Escape the college orientation tour and do a little exploring.
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.
Looking for ideas for that 35th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no further. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 35th wedding anniversary parties.
You've dropped the kids off at college. Now what? Here are 5 things to do after you drop the kids off at college.
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.
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?
College Kids & ADD/ADHD: Sometimes what looks like academic problems in a college kid is actually an undiagnosed attention deficit disorder.
Got a prospective Eagle Scout? This parent guide includes timelines and tips for the entire process.
Zombie Tag: Whether you call it Humans Vs. Zombies, HvZ or some other variant, zombie tag has become incredibly popular on college campuses.
What is a retention rate and how does that statistic affect your family?
An academic dismissal is a huge deal, but it's not the end of the world. Here's how to appeal.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In college admissions, early decision is a binding agreement. Is it breakable?
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.
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.
Dorm Move-In: Moving your teen cross-country? Here's how to handle long distance dorm move-in day, when you're not driving.
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.
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.
Coed Dorm Rooms: Whether you call it a coed dorm room or gender neutral housing, here's what the term means.
Parent PLUS Loan: What is a Parent PLUS loan?
The 10 likeliest college interview questions.
Stocking stuffers for college-aged kids and young adults
Celebrating a 30th wedding anniversary? Traditionally, 30th anniversaries are celebrated with pearls, so why not use pearls to inspire an anniversary party at home?
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?
Dorm Crafts: Add a clever campus map to that lanyard and you'll never got lost again.
Advanced Placement in College: Credits, caveats and other things no one tells parents.
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.
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.
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.
Need something cozy underfoot for that dorm room or first apartment? A DIY fleece rug is just the ticket.
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There's no doubt about the dorm-appeal of board games such as "Apples to Apples," but if you're looking
College students and headaches go together, unfortunately, like peanut butter and jelly, because the pressures of college bring on stress and tension.
Denied. Rejected. Snap. College rejection letters are sad, sad things. Here are ways to help your child cope with college rejections - including a way to find a little humor amid the bleakness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Here's the lowdown on the sobering statistics on college drinking.
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.
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.
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...
Extra light bulbs, extra-long sheets? Of course your new freshman will need those things, but here's a peek at what's new and buzzy for 2013 in the world of dorm shopping.
Got a young adult interested in the Peace Corps? Here are the types of jobs Peace Corps volunteers take on.
Cheap Dorm Room Decor: Got a child moving into a dorm room or a first apartment? Here are four tips to help cut costs.
5 great parenting advice books for parents of college kids and young adults.
Educational reform seems to be having some impact in the United States, but the statistics on high school dropouts are still grim.
College kids have three lines of defense when it comes to staying healthy and coping with dorm emergencies and mishaps. Step one is a good dorm first aid kit.
Empty Nest Syndrome: It's no secret that kids grow up and leave home. So while it's certainly important to do the college apps and the dorm shopping, it's also important to plan for that empty nest.
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.
Does your child have a college interview in his future? Tips on what to wear for a college interview.
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.
Choosing a Dorm: The nitty gritty on suites, apartments and classic doubles. Tips on choosing a dorm.
Bachelor's degree? Check. Master's? Understood. But what is a certificate program?
You may think you know everything there is to know about college applications, but applying as an art major is a whole different ballgame. Here's a practical how-to guide for parents of college-age children and teens to the unique timelines and portfolio requirements.
Looking for great gifts for a dental student, brand new dentist or dental hygienist? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Looking for the perfect gift for your college kid? Here's the lowdown on the top teen pleasers that cost $50 or less.
Whether it's a New Year's Party, an open house brunch or college kid reunion, the holidays and winter break are the perfect time for a family party.
Photo crafts are a great way to bring family and friends' images into a dorm room. This film strip-bedecked pencil cup is a great photo craft project.
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.
Rent to Own: What is a rent to own or lease to own option?
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.
Many families try to combine summer vacation plans with college tours. Here are five reasons why that's a terrible idea.