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Young Adults: Most Popular Articles

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Party Ideas for Your Teen's 18th Birthday: Skip...
Celebrating your child's 18th birthday? Here are a dozen great birthday party ideas for celebrating your child's new adulthood.
5 Ways the Law Affects New 18-year-olds
Taxes, felonies and the selective service: 10 ways the law affects new 18-year-olds and their parents.
What's a Baccalaureate Ceremony?
Baccalaureate: OK, you know what graduation is, but what's a baccalaureate ceremony?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nine Top Drama Schools in the United States
If your soon-to-be college freshman or would-be grad student is a serious actor, you're not looking for just any college. The best of the best aim for a top-ranked conservatory like Juilliard.
Gonzaga University, Washington
The Lowdown on the 'Zags: A peek at Gonzaga University, Washington
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 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.
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.
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.
5 Ideas for an Amazing Graduation Party
Planning a graduation party or senior recital reception? Here are some ideas to get you started.
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.
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.
Top Music Schools in the West
If you have a serious young musician in your family, chances are, you're looking at music conservatories or top-notch music programs within a university setting. Here's the lowdown on the top music schools in California, including USC's Thornton, Colburn and some of the smaller conservatories within a university setting. Page 2.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 21 Merit Badges Required for Eagle
Eagle Merit Badges: The lowdown on the 21 merit badges required to become an Eagle Scout.
Coping with College Rejection
Denied. Rejected. Snap. College rejection letters are sad, sad things. Here are ways to help your child cope with college rejections - including a way to find a little humor amid the bleakness.
Sample Rental Contracts for Boomerang Kids
Grown kids moved back home? Here's a sample rental contract that covers rent, chores and utilities, to get you started.
10 Great Gift Ideas for Law Students
Got a new law student? Or one headed for the bar? Here's a list of 10 great gift ideas, everything from gavels to pearls, pens and a legal eagle board game.
8 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.
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.
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
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.
NCAA Sports: The Sweet 23
NCAA: A list of NCAA sports. Parenting Young Adults.
How to Assemble an Eagle Scout Binder
How to assemble an Eagle Scout binder.
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.
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.
College and Teen Suicide Statistics: What You...
College Suicide: Statistics on college and teen suicides.
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 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.
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.
A Harry Potter Party for Teens
Butterbeer, pumpkin pasties and more for a grown-up Harry Potter party.
Top Music Schools in the Midwest
When serious musicians embark on a college or grad school search, they're looking for a music conservatory or a university with an excellent music school. Here's the scoop on the Midwest's top music programs, including Oberlin, Northwestern and Michigan.
Boy Scout Merit Badge Tips
11 Tips to Make Earning Boy Scout Merit Badges Easier
5 of the Best Ways Millennials Can Find a Job
The job market is recovering and here are five suggestions on ways to help college students and young adults to find a job.
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.
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.
A Sampling of Eagle Scout Projects
Path to Eagle: Sample Eagle Projects
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.
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.
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.
Great Gifts for College Kids & Young Adults
Gift Guides: Looking for great gifts for your teen, 20something or college kid?
What to Wear to Baccalaureate and Graduation
Heading to graduation festivities? Do you dress up? Down? Layered? Not? Here's what to wear to baccalaureate, graduation and those other big ceremonies too.
What is the NCAA?
NCAA: What is the NCAA? Parenting Young Adults.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Planning an Eagle Court Ceremony
One of the most memorable things a troop can do for its new Eagle scouts is gather letters of recognition and congratulations from dignitaries and world leaders. Page 4.
Why Your Teen Just Doesn't Hear You Nag
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
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 Recommendations
Eagle Scout: Required recommendations for the Eagle Scout application.
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.
21st Birthday Gifts
A generation or two ago, a 21st birthday was celebrated with a fine vintage from the year the birthday boy (or girl) was born - an expensive and tricky proposition that was easier said than done. Here are six other options.
25th Wedding Anniversary Parties: A Retro 1980s...
If you're celebrating your 25th wedding anniversary with a 1980s themed party, you'll want to set the right mood. That includes wonderful retro 1980s party food. Here are a few ideas.
Senior Recital Reception
Senior recital receptions can offer unusual culinary challenges. They're held in rehearsal halls, a concert
4 Tips for Parents of Adult Children:...
Now that your kids are grown, how does an empty nest parent restructure the relationship so you’re neither too involved, nor so hands-off there isn’t much of a relationship there at all? How do you stay close while letting go?
What is a commuter student?
What is a commuter student? Parenting Young Adults.
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.
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.
An Eagle Scout Timeline
Eagle Scout: A timeline for the path to Eagle Scout.
What is Rush?
Greek Life & Rush: What is Rush?
Ask the Right College Tour Questions
Going on a college visit? Maximize your time on campus by asking the right college tour questions - the ones that can't be answered by the campus brochure, web site or tour guide's script. Here are 17 important questions to ask.
What is the ASE?
ASE: What is involved in getting certified as an automotive technician, and what is the ASE?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
College Admissions 101
College Admissions 101: A step-by-step guide for families navigating the college admissions process.
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.
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.
Sobering Statistics on College Drinking
Here's the lowdown on the sobering statistics on college drinking.
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.
Eagle Scout 101: A Parent Guide
Got a prospective Eagle Scout? This parent guide includes timelines and tips for the entire process.
Graduation Thank You Notes
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.
Make a DIY Fleece Rug
Need something cozy underfoot for that dorm room or first apartment? A DIY fleece rug is just the ticket.
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.
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?
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.
What is a rising senior?
What is a rising senior? Parenting Young Adults.
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.
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.
What to Do When Your Child is Sick and Away...
When kids go to college they begin sharing with roommates including small bedrooms, heavily used bathrooms, cramped kitchens and eventually germs.
What You Need to Know To Prepare For College...
Planning ahead for college graduation day essential if you are to avoid the many logistical obstacles that can mar an otherwise joyous family celebration.
What is statutory rape - and how does it affect...
What is statutory rape. Young Adults.
What is a Retention Rate?
What is a retention rate and how does that statistic affect your family?
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.
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. But there's nothing more adorable than a Monopoly-themed cash box when the cash gift is intended as a house warming.
A Movie Night Party for Teens
Looking for a cool twist for an 18th birthday or college gathering? A movie night party gets added oomph when the screen is outdoors and there's a pool involved.
What's a Co-Signer?
First Apartment Lowdown: What's a co-signer?
Top Music Schools in the East
Got a serious young musician in your family? Then chances are, he (and you) are looking at conservatories or top-notch music programs at a university, such as Peabody at Johns Hopkins. Page 3.
How to deliver a birthday cake to your kid's dorm
It's tough being away from your kids on their birthdays, even when the kid in question is a grown-up college student. But you can still help the birthday boy or girl celebrate in the dorms with a birthday cake delivery - or even a mascot visit.
Eagle Scout Project Tips
Boy Scouts of America publishes guidelines for Eagle projects, but many troops have their own preferences. So here are insider tips on choosing an Eagle Project that is likely to win approval, and critical questions to ask before your son starts.
Coed Dorm Rooms?
Coed Dorm Rooms: Whether you call it a coed dorm room or gender neutral housing, here's what the term means.
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.
Why Varsity Sports Can Help Your Career
New research shows that employers expect former high school athletes to show more leadership, confidence and self-respect in the workplace.
My Kid Moved Back Home, Now What?
The Boomerang Generation is pretty comfortable on their parent's couches and here are some of the very good reasons why.
7 Ways to Vanquish Empty Nest Depression
Every parent of college students or young adults eventually goes through empty nest depression. Here are 7 ways to cope with the blues.
What is a Certificate Program
Bachelor's degree? Check. Master's? Understood. But what is a certificate program?
A Geocaching Party for College Kids and Teens
Geocaching isn't just a great outing for college kids, teens and 20somethings. It's a great party theme for an 18th birthday - or 25th or any number. Here's how to plan one.
Make a DIY Laundry Bag for the Dorm
Packing up your kid for the big move to college? Send her off in style with this DIY Dorm Laundry Bag - or at least ready to hit the dorm laundromat without leaving a trail of dirty laundry.
What is a Fulbright?
Like a study abroad option for college graduates, Fulbright scholarships fund post-graduate research studies in Europe, Asia and around the world.
Graduation Memory Boards
Looking for a good way to commemorate graduation? A memory board or photo collage makes a great graduation gift.
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.
What's Grad Night?
: The Grad Night trend was originally spurred by concerns about teens drinking and driving on graduation
What is a GED?
Not every teen is college bound, and some don't even finish high school. They drop out or opt instead for a GED, or General Educational Development, certificate instead of the classic high school diploma.
Moving Out of the Dorms?
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.
DIY Party Photo Booth
Suddenly, the retro photo booth is making a comeback - and no wonder. It's not only a fun way to capture memories of party or wedding guests, it's an amusing pastime all on its own. And a DIY party photo booth offers plenty of room for creativity.
Health Insurance for Your Not-Yet-Employed Child
Parents are wise to worry when their grown children age out of family health benefits. Here are three ways for parents of young adults to get medical coverage for their uninsured young adults and not-yet-employed 20-somethings, so a case of appendicitis or a trip to the emergency room doesn't send them to the poorhouse.
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 Orientation Tips
These days, students aren't the only ones to go to college orientation. Parents and younger sibs do too. Here's what to expect.
What is a Junior One-Bedroom Apartment?
Junior One-Bedroom: What is a Junior One-Bedroom Apartment?
What is a Senior Recital?
Music Major Glossary: What is a senior recital?
35th Wedding Anniversary Party Ideas
Looking for ideas for that 35th wedding anniversary celebration? Look no further. Here are half a dozen great ideas for 35th wedding anniversary parties.
18th Birthday Ideas - Throw a Giant Games Party
Getting ready to throw a big 18th birthday party? Make it a giant games party - with an enormous Twister board - and your kid and his friends will talk about it for years. Page 2.
Countdown to College
The applications are done, the fat envelopes have arrived and the big decision has been made. Now all that’s left is the final countdown to college, paperwork, dorm shopping, roommates and all.
The Cost of a Public University Education
Even state schools cost a bundle. Here's the average cost of a public university education in the United States.
Can You Break an Early Decision Agreement?
In college admissions, early decision is a binding agreement. Is it breakable?
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.
DIY Party Garland
Party Decorations: A party garland or pennant adds colorful style to any off-to-college or graduation party. Here's how to make a DIY party garland.
Great First Apartment Housewarming Gifts
Moving into a first apartment or home is an exciting thing for anyone, but especially for a college student or young 20something. If you're looking for a first apartment housewarming gift, here are some ideas to get you started.
A Look at Notre Dame
A Look at Notre Dame: What parents want to know about Notre Dame, the Golden Dome and the Fighting Irish.
Great Graduation Gifts
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
Zombie Tag: Whether you call it Humans Vs. Zombies, HvZ or some other variant, zombie tag has become incredibly popular on college campuses.
What is TurnItIn.com?
Plagiarism Prevention: What is Turnitin.com?
Graduation Cupcake Ideas
Any buffet spread gets added visual appeal by varying the heights of your serving platters, via cupcake towers and easy-to-make display stands.
Going to College While Living at Home?
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.
The Emotional Side When Adult Children Move...
Parent emotions can go haywire when their grown kids move back home. Young adults may move home to recover from student loan debt or a personal crisis, but parents can't help but wonder if they did something wrong.
What is a Parent PLUS Loan?
Parent PLUS Loan: What is a Parent PLUS loan?
A Silver Wedding Anniversary Celebration
Celebrating a 25th wedding anniversary? Traditionally, 25th anniversaries are celebrated with silver, so why not use that silver theme as inspiration for an anniversary party at home?
Handmade Gifts for College Kids
Looking for great college kid gifts? Page 15.
Top 10 College Interview Questions
The 10 likeliest college interview questions.
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.
Choosing a Dorm
Choosing a Dorm: The nitty gritty on suites, apartments and classic doubles. Tips on choosing a dorm.
Boomerang Kids and Rent
When grown children move back home as part of the boomerang generation, there are always financial reasons behind the return. The big question is, should parents charge boomerang kids rent? And if so, how much?
Parents & Wedding Costs
Once upon a time, the bride's parents paid the wedding costs (and assembled goats, carts and other dowry gifts too). Now families split wedding costs many different ways. Here's the traditional breakdown of wedding costs for parents.
What 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.
First Apartment Timeline
So your child is renting his first apartment? Here's a timeline for him - and you - to follow as he rents his first apartment.
Top College Stories in the News
Here is some of the need to know news about college today, a collection of top stories that impact parents, students and schools.

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