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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.
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.
Looking for great gifts for a med student, recent medical school graduate or new intern? Check out these ideas for gifts for new doctors.
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.
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.
Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid?
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 your teen turns 18, he must register for the Selective Service. Here's what that means and how it impacts college scholarships and FAFSA.
Stocking stuffers for college-aged kids and young adults
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.
The Boomerang Generation is pretty comfortable on their parent's couches and here are some of the very good reasons why.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Home for the holidays with college kids can mean walking a very fine line. Is it my house, my rules? Or is the family truce an act of negotiation?
First Apartment: From couch to toilet paper, equipping that first apartment is a pricey business. Here's the rundown on everything you'll need.
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.
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.
Looking for the perfect gift for your college kid? Here's the lowdown on the top teen pleasers that cost $50 or less.
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.
Got a new nursing student or nurse in your family? Here are some great gift ideas for that new RN or RN-to-be.
Everything you need to know to pack the perfect college care package, from baking to packing and mailing.
Looking for ideas for that 25th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no farther. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 25th wedding anniversary parties.
College Suicide: Statistics on college and teen suicides.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Grown kids moved back home? Here's a sample rental contract that covers rent, chores and utilities, to get you started.
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 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.
Greek Life: There are definite benefits and advantages to living in a fraternity or sorority, including several most parents don't even think about.
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.
The Urban Landscape is being altered by young educated adults flocking the city centers.
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.
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 does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
Baccalaureate: OK, you know what graduation is, but what's a baccalaureate ceremony?
Eagle Merit Badges: The lowdown on the 21 merit badges required to become an Eagle Scout.
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.
The 10 likeliest college interview questions.
It's tough enough shopping for your own kid. How about his or her sweetheart, the boyfriend or girlfriend you don't know well but who may eventually become a member of your family? Here are some ideas. Page 3.
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.
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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.
Throwing a surprise party for your favorite 18-year-old? Here are some tips and tricks to help you throw a fantastic surprise party.
NCAA: A list of NCAA sports. Parenting Young Adults.
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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.
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 students and headaches go together, unfortunately, like peanut butter and jelly, because the pressures of college bring on stress and tension.
Path to Eagle: Sample Eagle Projects
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Best Books: If you're looking for a a great gift for the teen or 20something in your life, check out these books - about aliens, clairvoyants, battles and more. Page 5.
College Kids & ADD/ADHD: Sometimes what looks like academic problems in a college kid is actually an undiagnosed attention deficit disorder.
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11 Tips to Make Earning Boy Scout Merit Badges Easier
Thanksgiving break is almost upon us, but here are five things to do right now that will help get your family - and your college kids' - holiday season off to a good start.
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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.
Planning a graduation party or senior recital reception? Here are some ideas to get you started.
Butterbeer, pumpkin pasties and more for a grown-up Harry Potter party.
If your child is apply to college as a theater or music major, these tips will help him choose between conservatories and classic college.
A cozy fleece scarf will keep you warm at any football tailgate, campus bonfire or chilly walk to the library. Here's how to make this cozy fleece warmer.
Need something cozy underfoot for that dorm room or first apartment? A DIY fleece rug is just the ticket.
Looking for ideas for that 30th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no farther. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 30th wedding anniversary parties.
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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.
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What is statutory rape. Young Adults.
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.
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.
How to assemble an Eagle Scout binder.
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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.
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.
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.
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Everything you ever wanted to know about applying to a college or a conservatory as a music, drama, dance or arts major.
One of the most memorable things a troop can do for its new Eagle scouts is gather letters of recognition and congratulations from dignitaries and world leaders. Page 4.
A college-themed Advent Calendar is the perfect treat to tuck into a care package at this time of year.
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?
NCAA: What is the NCAA? Parenting Young Adults.
Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid?
Greek Life & Rush: What is Rush?
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.
Eagle Scout: A timeline for the path to Eagle Scout.
Here's the lowdown on the sobering statistics on college drinking.
In college admissions, early decision is a binding agreement. Is it breakable?
Eagle Scout: Required recommendations for the Eagle Scout application.
When grown children move home, it can be an upheaval for the entire family. Here's a list of critical issues to think about.
Pew Research shows that Young Adults are the group most likely to suffer from online harassment and that 70% of youngest adults suffered from undesirable online behavior.
Quelf, a zany board game with all the appeal of a trivia contest, charades match and 12 other bizarrely imaginative games, is a winner among teens and 20somethings, as well as a favorite dorm board game.
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.
Does your child have a college interview in his future? Tips on what to wear for a college interview.
Looking for creative ways to give cash? Here's a roundup of clever packaging ideas.
What is a commuter student? Parenting Young Adults.
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.
The heavy textbook load tends to destroy any notion of pleasurable leisure reading for college students, but these books are different. There's nothing like a few supermodels, clairvoyants and an alien invasion or two to help any college kid or 20something escape the world for a while.
Rent to Own: What is a rent to own or lease to own option?
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 Oberlin. Page 4.
Cash and gift cards are great gifts for any graduating senior or new apartment dweller. They're practical, welcome - and one size fits all. The only problem is, giving someone a wad of tens is a tad tacky and even gift cards can be kind of ho-hum to open. So here are some clever ways to bestow those gifts, from a gift card diorama to a Monopoly-themed cash box.
Auditions are a nail-biting, but critical part of the process of applying to music schools. Here are eight helpful survival tips.
Want to commemorate your college kid's first year with a DIY glass ball ornament? Here's what you'll need for this Christmas craft project. Page 2.
What is a retention rate and how does that statistic affect your family?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bachelor's degree? Check. Master's? Understood. But what is a certificate program?
Zombie Tag: Whether you call it Humans Vs. Zombies, HvZ or some other variant, zombie tag has become incredibly popular on college campuses.
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.
Got a young adult interested in the Peace Corps? Here are the types of jobs Peace Corps volunteers take on.
There's no doubt about the dorm-appeal of board games such as "Apples to Apples," but if you're looking
Stressed out over school, exams or life in general? Here are 10 ways to de-stress.
The term "geek" may have been considered uncool in the 20th century, in the decades before laptops and
Plagiarism Prevention: What is Turnitin.com?
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.
Looking for great gifts for a dental student, brand new dentist or dental hygienist? Here are some ideas to get you started.
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.
Celebrating a 30th wedding anniversary? Traditionally, 30th anniversaries are celebrated with pearls, so why not use pearls to inspire an anniversary party at home?
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.
What is a Double Major? Parenting Young Adults.
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.
Got a "Harry Potter" fan? Most older teens and college kids grew up on J.K. Rowling's famous series.
When college kids head home for the long winter break, it may not be the four weeks of unfettered bliss parents anticipate.
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.
ASE: What is involved in getting certified as an automotive technician, and what is the ASE?
Your music major's recital performance is up to him, but parents can help with several aspects, including the invitations.
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.
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.
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.
Dorm rooms can be spartan affairs, but these easy, fun craft projects will add plenty of pizzazz.
Music Major Glossary: What is a senior recital?
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.