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Young Adults: Most Popular Articles

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What's a Baccalaureate Ceremony?
Baccalaureate: OK, you know what graduation is, but what's a baccalaureate ceremony?
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.
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.
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.
Lessons on Parenting Twentysomethings from...
Watching the parenting of another era sheds light on our own and from PBS Downton Abbey comes some important parenting lessons.
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. The best of the best aim for a top-ranked conservatory like Juilliard.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 21 Merit Badges Required for Eagle
Eagle Merit Badges: The lowdown on the 21 merit badges required to become an Eagle Scout.
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.
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.
5 Ideas for an Amazing Graduation Party
Planning a graduation party or senior recital reception? Here are some ideas to get you started.
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.
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 Sampling of Eagle Scout Projects
Path to Eagle: Sample Eagle Projects
Boy Scout Merit Badge Tips
11 Tips to Make Earning Boy Scout Merit Badges Easier
A Harry Potter Party for Teens
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.
The Most Important Factors In Choosing A College
Picking a college is one of the most important decisions a young adult makes. With such a wide array of colleges selecting the right one means considering many factors.
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.
How to Assemble an Eagle Scout Binder
How to assemble an Eagle Scout binder.
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.
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.
College and Teen Suicide Statistics: What You...
College Suicide: Statistics on college and teen suicides.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
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.
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.
Great Gifts for College Kids & Young Adults
Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid?
NCAA Sports: The Sweet 23
NCAA: A list of NCAA sports. Parenting Young Adults.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Five Things You Need to Know About Teen and...
Teen brains do not finish developing until long after the teenage years. For parents this has many important consequences. Here is what the research shows.
Book Review: TEXT ME, Love Mom; Two Girls, Two...
TEXT ME, Love Mom recounts Candace Allan's journey towards the empty nest, she reveals the pains she felt while never losing her sense of humor.
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.
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.
What is a commuter student?
What is a commuter student? Parenting Young Adults.
Eagle Scout 101: A Parent Guide
Got a prospective Eagle Scout? This parent guide includes timelines and tips for the entire process.
A New Generation: What We Do Know About...
Millennials are now the largest generation with their own defining features. Here is what we know about the largest generation as they become adults.
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?
What is Rush?
Greek Life & Rush: What is Rush?
Eagle Scout Recommendations
Eagle Scout: Required recommendations for the Eagle Scout application.
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.
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.
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.
An Eagle Scout Timeline
Eagle Scout: A timeline for the path to Eagle Scout.
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.
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.
Eagle Scout Project Tips
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.
College Admissions 101
College Admissions 101: A step-by-step guide for families navigating the college admissions process.
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.
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.
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.
What is a Retention Rate?
What is a retention rate and how does that statistic affect your family?
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.
What is the ASE?
ASE: What is involved in getting certified as an automotive technician, and what is the ASE?
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.
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.
What is statutory rape - and how does it affect...
What is statutory rape. Young Adults.
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.
Senior Recital Reception
Senior recital receptions can offer unusual culinary challenges. They're held in rehearsal halls, a concert
8 Audition Tips for Prospective Music Majors
Auditions are a nail-biting, but critical part of the process of applying to music schools. Here are eight helpful survival tips.
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.
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.
What is a rising senior?
What is a rising senior? Parenting Young Adults.
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.
The Cost of a Public University Education
Even state schools cost a bundle. Here's the average cost of a public university education in the United States.
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 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.
Top 10 College Interview Questions
The 10 likeliest college interview questions.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Sobering Statistics on College Drinking
Here's the lowdown on the sobering statistics on college drinking.
Coping with College Rejection
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.
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.
Make a DIY Fleece Rug
Need something cozy underfoot for that dorm room or first apartment? A DIY fleece rug is just the ticket.
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.
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.
6 Things You Didn't Know About College Freshmen
New research from shows how much college freshmen have changed over time.From drinking to mental health to socializing, life on campus is different.
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 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.
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.
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.
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, such as Peabody at Johns Hopkins. 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.
What is a Certificate Program
Bachelor's degree? Check. Master's? Understood. But what is a certificate program?
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.
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.
What is a Rent to Own?
Rent to Own: What is a rent to own or lease to own option?
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.
Countdown to College
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.
Sample Performance Resume for a Music Major
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.
What is a Fulbright?
Like a study abroad option for college graduates, Fulbright scholarships fund post-graduate research studies in Europe, Asia and around the world.
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.
Top Music Schools in the South
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.
DIY Party Garland
Party Decorations: A party garland or pennant adds colorful style to any off-to-college or graduation party. Here's how to make a DIY party garland.
Can You Break an Early Decision Agreement?
In college admissions, early decision is a binding agreement. Is it breakable?
What's Grad Night?
: The Grad Night trend was originally spurred by concerns about teens drinking and driving on graduation
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?
First Apartment Timeline
So your child is renting his first apartment? Here's a timeline for him - and you - to follow as he rents his first apartment.
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...
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.
Coed Dorm Rooms?
Coed Dorm Rooms: Whether you call it a coed dorm room or gender neutral housing, here's what the term means.
What is a Junior One-Bedroom Apartment?
Junior One-Bedroom: What is a Junior One-Bedroom Apartment?
5 Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
5 Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree: There are other paths to career success besides the classic college route - and the absence of a bachelor's degree doesn't automatically translate to burger flippage. Here's a round up of great jobs that do not require college degrees.
Parents & Wedding Costs
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.
What's a Co-Signer?
First Apartment Lowdown: What's a co-signer?
4 Great New Year's Parties and College Kid...
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.
Graduation Memory Boards
Looking for a good way to commemorate graduation? A memory board or photo collage makes a great graduation gift.
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.
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.
The Six Things Millennials Need to Learn for...
College students and young adults do not learn about personal finances in school. Here are six essential fact they need to know for financial literacy
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Teen Pregnancy Rates and Sexual Activity...
Here are the latest teen pregnancy and sexuality statistics.
What is a Senior Recital?
Music Major Glossary: What is a senior recital?
Crafts for Decorating the Dorm Room
Dorm rooms can be spartan affairs, but these easy, fun craft projects will add plenty of pizzazz.
What is the NCAA?
NCAA: What is the NCAA? Parenting Young Adults.
Meningitis and other dorm scares
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.
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.
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.
What are Historically Black Colleges or...
What are historically black colleges or universities?
Geocaching Gadgets & Apps
Essential GPS gadgets and apps for Geocachers.
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.

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