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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are so many reasons to be thankful for...
It's Thanksgiving, so let's give thanks for the amazing young adults we've raised.
14 Awesome Stocking Stuffers for College Kids...
Stocking stuffers for college-aged kids and young adults
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.
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.
Great Gifts for College Kids & Young Adults
Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid?
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.
6 Ways to Make That First Visit Home a Happy One
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.
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.
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 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.
10 Great Gifts for Your 20 Something Daughter
If you're searching for the perfect gift for a 20 something woman, here are 10 great ideas to choose from.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
5 Important Facts About the Teenage Brain
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.
The 10 Best Universities for B and C Students
There's still time to apply to these 10 schools where B/C students have an excellent chance of gaining admission.
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.
A Sample Rental Contract for Boomerang Kids
Grown kids moved back home? Here's a sample rental contract that covers rent, chores and utilities, to get you started.
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.
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.
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.
Holiday Gifts for College Kids and 20somethings...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
College and Teen Suicide Statistics: What You...
College Suicide: Statistics on college and teen suicides.
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.
NCAA Sports: The Sweet 23
NCAA: A list of NCAA sports. Parenting Young Adults.
The 2013 Gift List: New Stocking Stuffers for...
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.
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.
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.
What's a Baccalaureate Ceremony?
Baccalaureate: OK, you know what graduation is, but what's a baccalaureate ceremony?
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.
College Majors by Academic Area
Choosing a college major was difficult enough back when there were only 50. These days, there are hundreds of majors, in everything from astronautics to viticulture. Fortunately, those college majors all fall into six broad academic areas. Here's a list of college majors by academic area.
Long-Distance Relationships & the Turkey Drop
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.
Top Music Schools in the West
If you have a serious young musician in your family who is looking at colleges or grad school programs, he (and you) should be looking at conservatories or top-notch music programs within a university setting. Here's the lowdown on the top music schools in the West.
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...
Looking for great gifts for college kids and 20-somethings? Page 6.
Planning an Eagle Court Ceremony
Got a Boy Scout working on his Eagle award? Here's how to plan an Eagle court ceremony, complete with sample Eagle court script.
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.
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.
College Advent Calendar
A college-themed Advent Calendar is the perfect treat to tuck into a care package at this time of year.
Gifts for Harry Potter Fans
Looking for great gifts for college kids and teens? Page 7.
The 21 Merit Badges Required for Eagle
Eagle Merit Badges: The lowdown on the 21 merit badges required to become an Eagle Scout.
Great Gifts Under \$50 for College Kids &...
Looking for great gifts for teens and college kids? Page 2.
Great Board Games
Looking for great gifts for college kids and teens? Page 10.
Nine Cool Stocking Stuffers for Teens & College...
Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid?
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.
Gifts for Science Buffs and Sci-Fan Fans
Parenting Young Adults. Page 4.
Clever Ways to Give Cash
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.
Handmade Gifts for College Kids
Looking for great college kid gifts? Page 15.
Gifts for Zombie Fans
Looking for great gifts for your favorite teen or college kid? Page 11.
Make a DIY Fleece Rug
Need something cozy underfoot for that dorm room or first apartment? A DIY fleece rug is just the ticket.
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.
Gift Ideas for Your Son or Daughter's Sweetheart
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.
Holiday Gifts for College Kids (For \$50 or Less)
Looking for the perfect gift for your college kid? Here's the lowdown on the top teen pleasers that cost $50 or less.
25th Wedding Anniversary Parties: A Retro 1980s...
Celebrate your 25th wedding anniversary with a party that recalls your dating heyday, the 1980s. The light-hearted, retro fun of a 1980s theme party evokes those days before your wedding, when hair was big, fashions garish and the music incredible. Hello, Madonna!
Great Books for College Kids & 20somethings
Great books for college kids, teens and 20somethings. Page 18.
Cookbooks for College Kids and 20-somethings
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.
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.
11 Great College Graduation Gifts
Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid? Page 12.
Gifts for the True Blood and Twilight Crowds
Looking for great gifts for teens and college kids? Page 8.
Eagle Scout Recommendations
Eagle Scout: Required recommendations for the Eagle Scout application.
Great Gifts: Books for College Kids &...
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.
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.
What is a commuter student?
What is a commuter student? Parenting Young Adults.
21st Birthday Gifts
Looking for great gifts for that new 21-year-old? Page 14.
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.
How to Assemble an Eagle Scout Binder
How to assemble an Eagle Scout binder.
Top 10 College Interview Questions
The 10 likeliest college interview questions.
The 2013 Gift List: Great Books for 20-Somethings
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.
Great High School Graduation Gifts
Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid? Page 13.
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.
Great Blu-Rays for College Kids & 20Somethings
Looking for great gifts for teens, 20somethings and college kids? Page 9.
What is statutory rape - and how does it affect...
What is statutory rape. Young Adults.
Boy Scout Merit Badge Tips
11 Tips to Make Earning Boy Scout Merit Badges Easier
What is Rush?
Greek Life & Rush: What is Rush?
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.
5 Things To Do Before Thanksgiving Break
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.
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.
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.
Beware the 8 Hidden Costs of Moving Into Your...
The 8 hidden costs of moving into your first apartment. Here are the important things to budget for when moving into your first apartment.
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.
Clever Containers for Giving Cash Gifts
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.
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.
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.
Dorm Crafts: DIY Fleece Scarf and Hat
Heading to a tailgate? Or just crossing campus on a chilly day? These cozy fleece warmers - a DIY fleece scarf and matching hat - are just the ticket.
4 Tips to Make Your College Freshman's...
Tips to make your college freshman's first Thanksgiving home as relaxed and fun as possible.
5 Ideas for an Amazing Graduation Party
Planning a graduation party or senior recital reception? Here are some ideas to get you started.
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?
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.
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.
What You Need to Know About College Kids and...
College Kids & ADD/ADHD: Sometimes what looks like academic problems in a college kid is actually an undiagnosed attention deficit disorder.
What is a Certificate Program
Bachelor's degree? Check. Master's? Understood. But what is a certificate program?
Sobering Statistics on College Drinking
Here's the lowdown on the sobering statistics on college drinking.
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?
Gift Ideas for Harry Potter Fans
Got a "Harry Potter" fan? Most older teens and college kids grew up on J.K. Rowling's famous series.
Finals Week Care Package
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.
College Admissions 101
College Admissions 101: A step-by-step guide for families navigating the college admissions process.
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.
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.
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.
A Sampling of Eagle Scout Projects
Path to Eagle: Sample Eagle Projects
Young Adults and Loneliness- How Much Should...
As young adults leave college and begin their careers, loneliness can be a problem. How much should parents help them?
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 Retention Rate?
What is a retention rate and how does that statistic affect your family?
Eagle Scout 101: A Parent Guide
Got a prospective Eagle Scout? This parent guide includes timelines and tips for the entire process.
What is the NCAA?
NCAA: What is the NCAA? Parenting Young Adults.
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.
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.
Best Dorm Board Games: Quelf
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.
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.
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.
What to Wear for a College Interview
Does your child have a college interview in his future? Tips on what to wear for a college interview.
Great Gifts for Dental Students
Looking for great gifts for a dental student, brand new dentist or dental hygienist? Here are some ideas to get you started.
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.
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 a Parent PLUS Loan?
Parent PLUS Loan: What is a Parent PLUS loan?
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.
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.
An Eagle Scout Timeline
Eagle Scout: A timeline for the path to Eagle Scout.
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.
More Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
More Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree: There are other paths to career success besides the classic college route - translators, for example, and fitness trainers are just two of those jobs that don't require a college degree.
Meeting the New Boyfriend or Girlfriend
It's a big day when your college kid or 20something introduces you to his or her new sweetheart. Here's what parents can do to finesse that first meeting.
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...
College Schedules & the Semester System
Wondering what the differences are between a college semester and quarter system? Here's how the semester system works.
When College Kids Come Home: Winter Break...
When college kids head home for the long winter break, it may not be the four weeks of unfettered bliss parents anticipate.
5 Good Things About Bad Roommates
Heaps of moldy laundry, snarly moods, spontaneous "borrowing"? Everyone's got a bad roommate story to
How to Choose a College Major
Is your son or daughter trying to choose a college major? Choosing a college major is his job, of course, but a parent's job is to provide support and encouragement - and asking some pertinent questions may help. Here are tips for every family, whether your college kid is determined, wavering or completely clueless about how to choose a college major.
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. Here's the lowdown on some of the top music schools in the East.
10 Great Gifts For 20 Something Men
Not sure what to buy that 20 something guy in your life? Here are 10 great suggestions to choose from.
What is a Junior One-Bedroom Apartment?
Junior One-Bedroom: What is a Junior One-Bedroom Apartment?
DIY College-Themed Christmas Ornaments
Dorm Crafts: Interested in making your own college-themed Christmas ornaments? Here's a roundup of possibilities.
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.
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.
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.
Creative Ways to Give Cash: Prescription Bottle
Looking for a creative way to give cash? Here's one idea for med students.
A Geocaching Party for College Kids and Teens
These hiking-treasure hunting adventures have drawn devoted fans of every age. Here's how to turn that enthusiasm into a great outing or birthday fete: a geocaching party for your favorite college kid or 20something.
A Bachelor of Music vs. Bachelor of Arts
What's the difference between a bachelor of music and a bachelor of arts in music?

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