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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.
Everything you need to know to pack the perfect college care package, from baking to packing and mailing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
First Apartment: From couch to toilet paper, equipping that first apartment is a pricey business. Here's the rundown on everything you'll need.
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.
Greek Life & Rush: What is Rush?
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.
11 Tips to Make Earning Boy Scout Merit Badges Easier
You’ve done the dorm shopping, loaded up on towels, totes and extra-long sheets. Now it’s time to pack. Here are 9 tips to make dorm move-in day easier.
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.
Looking for ideas for that 25th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no farther. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 25th wedding anniversary parties.
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.
Grown kids moved back home? Here's a sample rental contract that covers rent, chores and utilities, to get you started.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
You've dropped the kids off at college. Now what? Here are 5 things to do after you drop the kids off at college.
Eagle Merit Badges: The lowdown on the 21 merit badges required to become an Eagle Scout.
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.
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.
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.
Every parent of college students or young adults eventually goes through empty nest depression. Here are 7 ways to cope with the blues.
Push-up pops have become the latest party trend. Here's what you'll need to make them.
Got an eco-conscious college kid or 20-something? A gift such as Toms' college-themed shoes not only puts stylish duds on teen feet, it gives back too. 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.
College Suicide: Statistics on college and teen suicides.
Looking for a memorable party idea for a college kid or 20-something? Throw a scavenger hunt party, inspired by Stanford's wacky freshman foray.
When it comes to outfitting the college dorm, you can ignore those glossy shelter magazines with their fabulous dormitory layouts. Here's the real scoop.
Butterbeer, pumpkin pasties and more for a grown-up Harry Potter party.
First Apartment: There's nothing like contemplating a new apartment to unleash a torrent of paperwork. Here's what you, parent and co-signer, can expect.
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.
There's plenty of excitement when a new freshman heads off to the dorms, but there's anxiety, apprehension and college homesickness too. Here are a few ways parents can help.
These days, students aren't the only ones to go to college orientation. Parents and younger sibs do too. Here's what to expect.
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.
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.
Throwing a surprise party for your favorite 18-year-old? Here are some tips and tricks to help you throw a fantastic surprise party.
Baccalaureate: OK, you know what graduation is, but what's a baccalaureate ceremony?
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.
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.
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.
Looking for ideas for that 30th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no farther. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 30th wedding anniversary parties.
What is a commuter student? Parenting Young Adults.
NCAA: A list of NCAA sports. Parenting Young Adults.
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
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.
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.
If your child is apply to college as a theater or music major, these tips will help him choose between conservatories and classic college.
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.
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.
How to assemble an Eagle Scout binder.
Got a new nursing student or nurse in your family? Here are some great gift ideas for that new RN or RN-to-be.
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?
In college admissions, early decision is a binding agreement. Is it breakable?
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.
Greek Life: There are definite benefits and advantages to living in a fraternity or sorority, including several most parents don't even think about.
Stocking stuffers for college-aged kids and young adults
Planning a graduation party or senior recital reception? Here are some ideas to get you started.
When grown children move home, it can be an upheaval for the entire family. Here's a list of critical issues to think about.
What is statutory rape. Young Adults.
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.
Eagle Scout: Required recommendations for the Eagle Scout application.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Path to Eagle: Sample Eagle Projects
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.
Here's the lowdown on the sobering statistics on college drinking.
College students and headaches go together, unfortunately, like peanut butter and jelly, because the pressures of college bring on stress and tension.
Advanced Placement in College: Credits, caveats and other things no one tells parents.
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.
Remember those bounce houses from childhood? Put a spin on the inflatable games concept with this college or 18th birthday party idea: an inflatable games party with plenty of grown-up appeal.
Eagle Scout: A timeline for the path to Eagle Scout.
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.
Zombie Tag: Whether you call it Humans Vs. Zombies, HvZ or some other variant, zombie tag has become incredibly popular on college campuses.
Great books, brimming with college advice and roommate tips, for families with college-bound kids and young adults.
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.
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.
Everyone uses clipboards, pencils and all those other desk bits and bobs. So why not add a little magic to those study supplies, Hogwarts-style?
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.
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.
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.
At least parents can anticipate college tuition. The $940 your child spends on college textbooks per year usually comes as a rude shock. Here are six ways parents can save money on college textbooks.
Everything you ever wanted to know about applying to a college or a conservatory as a music, drama, dance or arts major.
Parent PLUS Loan: What is a Parent PLUS loan?
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.
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.
Dorm rooms can be spartan affairs, but these easy, fun craft projects will add plenty of pizzazz.
Need something cozy underfoot for that dorm room or first apartment? A DIY fleece rug is just the ticket.
Coed Dorm Rooms: Whether you call it a coed dorm room or gender neutral housing, here's what the term means.
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.
Celebrating a 30th wedding anniversary? Traditionally, 30th anniversaries are celebrated with pearls, so why not use pearls to inspire an anniversary party at home?
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
What is a retention rate and how does that statistic affect your family?
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.
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 card game for grown-up Lemony Snicket fans, Gloom is a great game for small groups and particularly fun for dorm play.
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.
When College Kids Get Sick: The combination of stress, sleep deprivation and dorm life means college kids get sick a lot. Prepare your child for the inevitable with these three basic steps.
What is a rising senior? Parenting Young Adults.
Rent to Own: What is a rent to own or lease to own option?
Dorm Life: What is an RA? Parenting Young Adults.
Cookie exchanges can be a delightful - and easy - way to end up with an assortment of beautiful treats. But make it a care package cookie exchange and parents of college students are not just getting pretty sweets, you're socializing with friends going through the same emotional, empty nest leave-taking. And the care package that eventually arrives on campus tells your college kid that it's not just you who misses him, it's the whole neighborhood.
Getting ready to throw a big 18th birthday party? Make it a giant games party - with an oversized Monopoly or Settlers of Catan board - and your kid and his friends will talk about it for years.
College Prep and Move-In Tips. Parenting Young Adults.
Despite the hysteria surrounding college admissions and the beastly amount of paperwork, the process itself is fairly straight forward. Here's a basic outline of how the college admissions process works.
Bachelor's degree? Check. Master's? Understood. But what is a certificate program?
The 10 likeliest college interview questions.
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.
A peek at Oregon State University, Corvalis.
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.
First Apartment Lowdown: What's a co-signer?
5 great parenting advice books for parents of college kids and young adults.
An academic dismissal is a huge deal, but it's not the end of the world. Here's how to appeal.
Ignore the glossy magazine spreads. Here's what your child actually needs to outfit his dorm room, from XL fitted sheets to flash drive, all spelled out in this easy-to-print dorm shopping list. Page 3.
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.
Got a prospective Eagle Scout? This parent guide includes timelines and tips for the entire process.
What is a Double Major? Parenting Young Adults.
From roommates to meal plans, everything a parent needs to know about dorm life.
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.
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...
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College admissions officers are not looking for well-rounded students - and that explains some of those college rejections.
Board game nights are always popular - and no game draws a more passionate following than Settlers of Catan. So why not hold a game night party that draws on that theme?
As parents, we’re all too familiar with our own stress, but our kids suffer from it too, and stress rates among teens and young adults have spiked in recent years. Here are 6 tips to help your college kid cope with stress.
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.
Muggle Quidditch: Throwing a Harry Potter Party for your off-to-college kid? Quidditch isn't just a cool literary concept. It's a co-ed team sport on hundreds of college campuses. Here's the lowdown on Quidditch rules, snitch and all.
Looking for a graduation gift from the heart? Tuck a care package gift certificate - a promise to send cookies - into that present.
Younger siblings feel the loss when the big brother or sister heads off to college. Here are four ways to help them deal with their own empty nest blues.
The mortarboard has been tossed, the champagne popped, and your college kid is now officially done with school. What now? Here's the lowdown on college graduate possibilities, including jobs, the AmeriCorps, grad school and more.
There's no doubt about the dorm-appeal of board games such as "Apples to Apples," but if you're looking
Does your child have a college interview in his future? Tips on what to wear for a college interview.
A second honeymoon is a lovely way to celebrate a big wedding anniversary, especially when it's a 25th or 30th anniversary. But honeymoons, first or second, are meant to be celebrated privately. If you want to celebrate with friends and family too, why not use that honeymoon destination - Hawaii, perhaps - to inspire an anniversary party at home? In other words, with a Hawaiian luau.
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.
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.
FERPA - What are these federal privacy or FERPA laws that govern my kid's records?