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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.
Baccalaureate: OK, you know what graduation is, but what's a baccalaureate ceremony?
Looking for great gifts for a med student, recent medical school graduate or new intern? Check out these ideas for gifts for new doctors.
Turning 18 is a big deal, not just emotionally but legally. Here's everything parents need to know, from celebrations to legal implications.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Lowdown on the 'Zags: A peek at Gonzaga University, Washington
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.
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.
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.
Planning a graduation party or senior recital reception? Here are some ideas to get you started.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Eagle Merit Badges: The lowdown on the 21 merit badges required to become an Eagle Scout.
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.
Grown kids moved back home? Here's a sample rental contract that covers rent, chores and utilities, to get you started.
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.
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.
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
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.
NCAA: A list of NCAA sports. Parenting Young Adults.
How to assemble an Eagle Scout binder.
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.
Throwing a surprise party for your favorite 18-year-old? Here are some tips and tricks to help you throw a fantastic surprise party.
College Suicide: Statistics on college and teen suicides.
Looking for ideas for that 30th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no farther. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 30th wedding anniversary parties.
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.
Butterbeer, pumpkin pasties and more for a grown-up Harry Potter party.
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.
11 Tips to Make Earning Boy Scout Merit Badges Easier
The job market is recovering and here are five suggestions on ways to help college students and young adults to find a job.
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.
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.
Path to Eagle: Sample Eagle Projects
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.
Everything you need to know to pack the perfect college care package, from baking to packing and mailing.
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.
Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid?
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.
NCAA: What is the NCAA? Parenting Young Adults.
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.
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.
Got a new nursing student or nurse in your family? Here are some great gift ideas for that new RN or RN-to-be.
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.
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.
New research shows that teen brains shut down when parents nag and might suggest better communication between parent and child.
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 Scout: Required recommendations for the Eagle Scout application.
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.
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.
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.
Senior recital receptions can offer unusual culinary challenges. They're held in rehearsal halls, a concert
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 a commuter student? Parenting Young Adults.
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.
A graduation video that traces your child's life from infancy to teen years is a wonderful gift. Here's how to make a graduation video or slide show.
Eagle Scout: A timeline for the path to Eagle Scout.
Greek Life & Rush: What is Rush?
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.
ASE: What is involved in getting certified as an automotive technician, and what is the ASE?
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.
If your child is apply to college as a theater or music major, these tips will help him choose between conservatories and classic college.
College students and headaches go together, unfortunately, like peanut butter and jelly, because the pressures of college bring on stress and tension.
It's tailgate party season, and nothing says festive football quite like great decorations - including cool DIY college-themed napkins, using collegiate-print fabric.
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.
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.
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.
College Admissions 101: A step-by-step guide for families navigating the college admissions process.
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.
Here's the lowdown on the sobering statistics on college drinking.
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.
Got a prospective Eagle Scout? This parent guide includes timelines and tips for the entire process.
Graduation has come and gone, dorm shopping is well underway - and those thank yous still haven't been written? These thank you notes are just the ticket.
Need something cozy underfoot for that dorm room or first apartment? A DIY fleece rug is just the ticket.
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.
Celebrating a 30th wedding anniversary? Traditionally, 30th anniversaries are celebrated with pearls, so why not use pearls to inspire an anniversary party at home?
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.
What is a rising senior? Parenting Young Adults.
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 grown children move home, it can be an upheaval for the entire family. Here's a list of critical issues to think about.
When kids go to college they begin sharing with roommates including small bedrooms, heavily used bathrooms, cramped kitchens and eventually germs.
Planning ahead for college graduation day essential if you are to avoid the many logistical obstacles that can mar an otherwise joyous family celebration.
What is statutory rape. Young Adults.
What is a retention rate and how does that statistic affect your family?
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.
Cash and gift cards are great gifts for any graduating senior or new apartment dweller. They're practical, welcome - and one size fits all. But there's nothing more adorable than a Monopoly-themed cash box when the cash gift is intended as a house warming.
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 Lowdown: What's a co-signer?
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.
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.
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.
Coed Dorm Rooms: Whether you call it a coed dorm room or gender neutral housing, here's what the term means.
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.
New research shows that employers expect former high school athletes to show more leadership, confidence and self-respect in the workplace.
The Boomerang Generation is pretty comfortable on their parent's couches and here are some of the very good reasons why.
Every parent of college students or young adults eventually goes through empty nest depression. Here are 7 ways to cope with the blues.
Bachelor's degree? Check. Master's? Understood. But what is a certificate program?
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.
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.
Like a study abroad option for college graduates, Fulbright scholarships fund post-graduate research studies in Europe, Asia and around the world.
Looking for a good way to commemorate graduation? A memory board or photo collage makes a great graduation gift.
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.
: The Grad Night trend was originally spurred by concerns about teens drinking and driving on graduation
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.
Two semesters is more than enough time to pack all sorts of debris into one's college dorm room. Then comes moving day. Here are tips to help smooth dorm move out day for college students and their families.
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.
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...
These days, students aren't the only ones to go to college orientation. Parents and younger sibs do too. Here's what to expect.
Junior One-Bedroom: What is a Junior One-Bedroom Apartment?
Music Major Glossary: What is a senior recital?
Looking for ideas for that 35th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no further. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 35th wedding anniversary parties.
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.
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.
Even state schools cost a bundle. Here's the average cost of a public university education in the United States.
In college admissions, early decision is a binding agreement. Is it breakable?
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.
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.
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.
A Look at Notre Dame: What parents want to know about Notre Dame, the Golden Dome and the Fighting Irish.
Graduation Gifts: Wondering what to get the new high school graduate in your life? Here's a round up of great graduation gifts for the college-bound senior.
Zombie Tag: Whether you call it Humans Vs. Zombies, HvZ or some other variant, zombie tag has become incredibly popular on college campuses.
Plagiarism Prevention: What is Turnitin.com?
Any buffet spread gets added visual appeal by varying the heights of your serving platters, via cupcake towers and easy-to-make display stands.
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.
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.
Parent PLUS Loan: What is a Parent PLUS loan?
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?
Looking for great college kid gifts? Page 15.
The 10 likeliest college interview questions.
Auditions are a nail-biting, but critical part of the process of applying to music schools. Here are eight helpful survival tips.
Choosing a Dorm: The nitty gritty on suites, apartments and classic doubles. Tips on choosing a dorm.
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?
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.
College Kids & ADD/ADHD: Sometimes what looks like academic problems in a college kid is actually an undiagnosed attention deficit disorder.
So your child is renting his first apartment? Here's a timeline for him - and you - to follow as he rents his first apartment.
Here is some of the need to know news about college today, a collection of top stories that impact parents, students and schools.