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Choosing a College Major - 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.
Choosing a College Major - Ways to Help When Your Kid is Clueless About College Majors
College majors: Choosing a college major is your college student's job, of course, but a parent's job is to provide support and encouragement - and asking some pertinent questions may help, especially when your college kid is completely clueless.
Choosing a College Major - Worries About College Majors
College majors: Choosing a college major is your college student's job, of course, but a parent's job is to provide support and encouragement - and ask a few questions, especially when you encounter these college major caveats.
College Homesickness and How Parents Can Help
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.
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.
Going to College, Living at Home - Tips to Make It Work
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.
Teen Driving Deaths
Parents are anxious enough about the safety of their teens, but the latest crop of teen driving statistics - and fatality rates - is enough to give anyone pause. The summer after high school is a dangerous time for new drivers.
College Senioritis - Coping with College Senioritis
Senioritis strikes college seniors, as well as high schoolers. Here's the lowdown on college senioritis.
How to 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.
DIY Dorm Laundry Bag - DIY Laundry Bag Materials
Ready to make a dorm laundry bag? Here's everything you need for this DIY dorm laundry bag.
DIY Dorm Laundry Bag - Laundry Bag Step 1
Ready to start sewing that dorm laundry bag? Here's the first step to stitch up a simple, snazzy DIY dorm laundry bag.
DIY Dorm Laundry Bag - Laundry Bag Step 2
Ready to make that dorm laundry bag? Here's the second step to stitch up a simple, snazzy DIY dorm laundry bag.
DIY Dorm Laundry Bag - Laundry Bag Step 3
Ready to make that dorm laundry bag? Here's the third step to stitch up a simple, snazzy DIY dorm laundry bag.
DIY Dorm Laundry Bag - Laundry Bag Step 4
Ready to make that dorm laundry bag? Here's the fourth step to stitch up a simple, snazzy DIY dorm laundry bag.
DIY Dorm Laundry Bag - Laundry Bag Step 5
Ready to make that dorm laundry bag? Here's the fifth step to stitch up a simple, snazzy DIY dorm laundry bag.
DIY Dorm Laundry Bag - Laundry Bags for Grad Night
One DIY dorm laundry bag is great -- so are 400 of them, but you'll have to adapt this DIY dorm laundry bag project to make it work for a graduation party or high school Grad Night activity.
When Grown Kids Move Home - The Emotional Side
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.
Average Cost of Public University Education (State College)
Even state schools cost a bundle. Here's the average cost of a public university education in the United States.
College Financial Aid and FAFSA - Tips for Filling Out the FAFSA Paperwork
Grappling with college financial aid paperwork? These five FAFSA tips should help.
Semester System - College Calendars and the College Semester System
Wondering what the differences are between a college semester and quarter system? Here's how the semester system works.
Declaring a College Major - How to Declare a College Major
College Majors: When and how to declare a college major.
Graduation Survival Guide
Whether it's a high school or college graduation, all those hours of pomp and circumstance can be not just uncomfortable, but potentially dangerous when the temperature soars and frail grandparents are in your crowd. So here's a guide to graduation survival - from sunburn and heatstroke prevention to how to find your grad in the sea of mortarboards.
5 Reasons Not to Visit Colleges During Summer Break
Many families try to combine summer vacation plans with college tours. Here are five reasons why that's a terrible idea.
Should My Child Bring a Car to College
Wondering if your child should bring a car to college? Here are five issues to consider.
College Stress - College Kids and Stress
A Q&A with Campus Calm founder Maria Pascucci, who talks about teens, college stress and the challenges of parenting college students.
How to Appeal an Academic Dismissal
An academic dismissal is a huge deal, but it's not the end of the world. Here's how to appeal.
First Apartment Rental - First Apartment Rental 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.
What is a Certificate Degree
Bachelor's degree? Check. Master's? Understood. But what is a certificate program?
College Financial Aid and FAFSA - Filling Out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
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.
College Roommates - High School Friends and College Roommates
College Roommates: 4 reasons rooming with a high school friend may not be a good idea for your college-bound kid.
College Housing - Signing up for Dorms and College Housing
As soon as your new college freshman decides on a school for fall, fill out those college housing forms. College housing assignments are first come, first serve, whether it's a dorm room, a residence hall suite or a campus apartment.
New Year's Parties and College Kid Reunions
Whether it's a New Year's Party, an open house brunch or college kid reunion, the holidays and winter break are the perfect time for a family party.
When Grown Children Move Home - 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?
College Admissions - How the College Admissions Process Works
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.
College Admissions 101 - College Admissions & the Campus Tour
College Admissions: Your child has compiled a list, matched his stats against those of incoming freshmen. Now it's time to visit some of those schools.
College Admissions - College Admissions and Decisions
College Admissions: The applications are in, the answers are rolling back and the only question is ... what now?
College Admissions 101 - Myths About College Admissions
College Admissions: Tips to avoid college admissions myths and common pitfalls.
College Admissions - College Admissions, Applications and Exams
College Admissions: It's time to think about the college admissions applications themselves, and all the ancillary paperwork, including the SATs and ACTs, essays and more.
College Admissions 101 - College Admissions & the Reality Check
College Admissions: Your child has assembled a preliminary list for college admissions. Now it's time for a reality check.
College Admissions 101 - Step by Step Help for College Admissions
College Admissions 101: A step-by-step guide for families navigating the college admissions process.
Applying to Art School
You may think you know everything there is to know about college applications, but applying as an art major is a whole different ballgame. Here's a practical how-to guide for parents of college-age children and teens to the unique timelines and portfolio requirements.
College Major Myths - Parent Misconceptions and Myths About College Majors
Parent Misconceptions About College Majors: Starving artists, useless majors and other college major myths debunked.
Jobs Without College - 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.
What Parents Don't Know About Advanced Placement in College
Advanced Placement in College: Credits, caveats and other things no one tells parents.
College Financial Aid - Guide to Finding College Financial Aid and College Scholarships
Looking for college financial aid? The Free Application for Federal Student Aid - the FAFSA - is your family's ticket to college financial aid and scholarships. Here's a parent guide to finding those loans and grants, navigating the college scholarship paperwork and avoiding the scams.
A Sample Performance Resume for Music Majors
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.
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.
Paperwork, Orientation and the 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.
College Stress - 6 Signs That It's Not Just Stress
Every college student suffers a certain amount of stress. How does a parent know when to worry? If you're parenting a college student, here are six warning signs that your child's college stress may be a mental health concern.
FERPA - Federal Privacy Laws and FERPA
FERPA - What are these federal privacy or FERPA laws that govern my kid's records?
Dropouts - When It Makes Sense to Drop out
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.
25th Anniversary Party - A Silver 25th Anniversary Party
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?
Teen Pregnancy Rates
Here are the latest teen pregnancy and sexuality statistics.
15 Career Options 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 Dropout Statistics
Educational reform seems to be having some impact in the United States, but the statistics on high school dropouts are still grim.
5 More Jobs That Don't Require a College Degree
5 More Jobs That Don't Require a Degree: There are other paths to career success besides the classic college route. Here are five more great jobs - blackjack dealer, electrician and more - that don't require a college degree.
Getting the Most Out of a College Visit
Getting the most out of a college visit means more than simply taking the campus tour.
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.
When Grown Kids Move Home
When grown children move home, it can be an upheaval for the entire family. Here's a list of critical issues to think about.
Living On Campus vs. Off Campus
Is your college kid contemplating a move off campus? The dorm vs. apartment, on campus vs. off campus question is a common topic for sophomores and juniors. But here are some caveats to think about.
Renting the First Apartment
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.
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.
Fifteen 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.
What Is a Retention Rate? - Definition
What is a retention rate and how does that statistic affect your family?
College Admissions 101 for Music and Dance Majors
Everything you ever wanted to know about applying to a college or a conservatory as a music, drama, dance or arts major.
Spring Break Safety Tips for College Kids
Spring break can be a time to unwind and have fun, but it can pose dangers for unwary college kids - or spring breakers too focused on having fun to act sensibly.
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.
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.
GED vs. High School Diploma
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.
How to Throw a 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.
Surprise Party - How to Throw a Fantastic Surprise Party
Throwing a surprise party for your favorite 18-year-old? Here are some tips and tricks to help make it truly surprising.
Differences Between NCAA Division I, II and III
What does NCAA Division I, II or III mean?
The Happiest Kid on Campus - Readers' Choice Awards Finalist for Best Parenting Survival Guide
About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: The five finalists for Best Survival Guide for Parents of College Kids and 20somethings include some real stand-outs, including Harlan Cohen's
College Parent Central - Readers' Choice Awards Finalist for Best Parenting Survival Guide
About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: The five finalists for Best Survival Guide for Parents of College Kids and 20somethings include some real stand-outs, including Vicki Nelson's website, College Parent Central.
2012 Readers' Choice Award Winners - Best Survival Guide for College Parents
About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: Sure, teens and 20somethings face plenty of challenges. But their parents face major challenges too - and empty nest syndrome and tearful midnight phone calls are just the start. Here are the winner and runners-up for
Writin' On Empty - 2012 Readers' Choice Awards Winner for Best Parenting Survival Guide
About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: The five finalists for Best Survival Guide for Parents of College Kids and 20somethings included some real stand-outs, but the winner was Julie Renalds, Joan Cehn and Risa Nye's
You're on Your Own, But I'm Here If You Need Me - Readers' Choice Awards Finalist for Best Parenting Survival Guide
About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: The five finalists for Best Survival Guide for Parents of College Kids and 20somethings include some real stand-outs, including Marjorie Savage's
How to Survive Getting Your Kid Into College - Readers' Choice Awards Finalist for Best Parenting Survival Guide
About.com Readers' Choice Awards 2012: The five finalists for Best Survival Guide for Parents of College Kids and 20somethings include some real stand-outs, including Hundreds of Heads'
Book Review - How to Raise Your Adult Children
Book Review: Gail Parent and Susan Ende's
ADD/ADHD in College Kids
College Kids & ADD/ADHD: Sometimes what looks like academic problems in a college kid is actually an undiagnosed attention deficit disorder.
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.
Top Music Conservatories - Juilliard
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. The best of the best aim for a top-ranked music conservatory like Juilliard, Curtis and more.
Top Music Conservatories - Manhattan and Mannes
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. The best of the best aim for a top-ranked music conservatory like Juilliard, Mannes or Manhattan.
Top Music Conservatories - Boston and Beyond
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. The best of the best aim for a top-ranked music conservatory like Curtis, Cleveland and the New England Conservatory.
Top Music Conservatories in California
Contrary to what New Yorkers would you believe, there's a thriving music scene on the West Coast too, including two exceptional music conservatories in California.
Recipe: Spicy Chipotle Glazed Pecans
Recipe: Spicy Chipotle Glazed Pecans make a great munchable snack to tuck in a college care package, especially during finals week.
Throwing a Fabulous 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.
Decorations for a Hunger Games Party
Hunger Games Party Food
Games and Activities for a Hunger Games Party
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.
When Kids Get Mono in College - What to Expect & Do
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.
Hot New Dorm Gear for 2014
If you're outfitting a dorm room for your favorite freshmen, you'll want to take a peek at this list of the hottest new dormitory gear for 2014.
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.
Creative Ways to Give Cash - A Monopoly-Themed Container for Cash
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.
Creative Ways to Give Cash - Play Money and Real 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 use the theme of play money vs. real cash to decorate the package.
Top College Stories 2010 - Swine Flu and Other Top Stories 2010
Top College Stories for 2010: Swine flu subsides
Top College Stories 2010 - Gay Suicides and Other Top College Stories for 2010
Top 10 Stories in 2010: The world was stunned by the sudden rash of suicides by gay youths in 2010.
Top College Stories 2010 - Four Loko and Other Top College Stories for 2010
Top 10 Stories in 2010: They splashed across headlines, and became the talk of, if not the water cooler, at least the dinner table and Facebook. These were the top 10 news stories for college kids and their families in 2010, including Four Loko and the caffeinated booze scare.
Top College Stories 2010 - Helicopter Parents and Other Top College Stories for 2010
Top 10 Stories in 2010: Suddenly, some moms are quitting work to stay home and supervise the college apps process.
Top College Stories 2010 - Law School Remorse and Other Top College Stories for 2010
Top 10 Stories in 2010: Law school remorse
Top College Stories 2010 - British Cuts to Higher Education and Other Top Stories 2010
Top 10 Stories in 2010: British cuts to higher education incite riots
Top College Stories 2010 - Dorm Bedbugs and Other Top Stories 2010
Top 10 Stories in 2010: Dorm Bedbugs
Top College Stories 2010 - Creative College Apps and Other Top Stories 2010
Top 10 Stories in 2010: College apps get creative
Top College Stories 2010 - Classroom Clickers and Other Top 10 College Stories for 2010
Top 10 Stories in 2010: Clickers in the Classroom
College Magnets: Craft Supplies
College Magnets/Thumbtacks: Here's what you'll need to turn college landmarks into magnets or thumbtacks.
DIY College Thumbtacks or Magnets
College Magnets/Thumbtacks: Here's how to turn college landmarks into magnets or thumbtacks.
Dorm Sewing Kit
Every dorm room or first apartment needs a sewing kit for minor repairs. Here's how to assemble one.
Transcripts and Paperwork
It takes more than a diploma to head off to college. It takes transcripts, AP scores and more.
Summer visits and college orientation
Dining Halls and Meal Plans
Dining halls, meal plans and the Freshman 15.
Outfitting the dorm room. Parenting Young Adults.
How to Assemble an Art Portfolio for College
While most major art schools want strong academic candidates for their college-level programs, it's the artist's portfolio that's the deciding factor. Here are tips on assembling an art portfolio for college.
Everything A Parent Needs to Know About Dorm Life
From roommates to meal plans, everything a parent needs to know about dorm life.
What is Academic Probation
What does Academic Probation mean?
Eagle Scout - Recommendations for Eagle Scouts
Eagle Scout: Required recommendations for the Eagle Scout application.
Eagle Court - Planning an Eagle 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.
Eagle Court - Planning an Eagle Court
Got a Boy Scout working on his Eagle award? Then there's an Eagle Court of Honor in your future. Here's how to make that Eagle court ceremony extra memorable, including shadowboxes, a multimedia slide show, and letters of congratulation from world leaders.
Eagle Court - Planning an Eagle Ceremony
Got a Boy Scout working on his Eagle award? Then there's an Eagle Court of Honor in your future. Here's how to plan an Eagle court ceremony, complete with task assignments and a sample Eagle ceremony script.
Letters of Recognition for an Eagle Court
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.
Eagle Court - A Sample Eagle Court Script
Got a Boy Scout working on his Eagle award? Then there's an Eagle Court of Honor in your future. Here's a sample Eagle ceremony script.
Eagle Court - A Sample Eagle Court Script
Got a Boy Scout working on his Eagle award? Then there's an Eagle Court of Honor in your future. Here's a sample Eagle ceremony script, part II.
Hogwarts Clipboard Desk Supplies - Dorm Crafts
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?
Dorm Crafts - Hogwarts Clipboard and Desk Supplies
A Hogwarts clipboard: This DIY craft adds a little magic to prosaic desk supplies. But first, you'll need to cut a template. Page 2.
Dorm Crafts - Hogwarts Clipboard and Desk Supplies
A Hogwarts clipboard: This DIY craft adds a little magic to prosaic desk supplies, but first you'll need to contend with that pesky Mod Podge. Here's what to do to keep the paper from wrinkling. Page 3.
College Students and Headache Prevention
College students and headaches go together, unfortunately, like peanut butter and jelly, because the pressures of college bring on stress and tension.
2012 Blu-Ray and DVD Gift Guide for College Kids
Superheroes, spies and a bow-and-arrow-wielding tribute? They're all part of our Blu-Ray-centric gift guide for college kids and 20somethings.
Gifts for Hunger Games Fans
Gifts for English Majors
Finding a great gift for a college kid can be tricky. By the time you know what's hot, it no longer is, right? But this gift list offers treasures, both classic and quirky, for the English major or book lover in your life.
Dating Abuse 101
Dating Abuse 101: Everything a parent should know.
Great Gifts - Books for 20somethings
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.
New Stocking Stuffers for College Kids
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.
Finding Help at College
It's tough to watch your college kid struggle. Here are ways to find help on campus.
Eleventh Hour Christmas Gifts
Eleventh hour? Don't panic. This may be the final countdown to the holidays, but these last-minute Christmas gifts for college kids and 20-somethings can be made (or thrown together) in an evening.
College Roommate 101
Ah, roommates... They can be wonderful. They can be completely irritating. But one thing's for sure: college rooommates are a learning experience. These tips will help parents help - or at least murmur sympathetically - as their college kid chooses a roommate, negotiates room rules and copes with common problems.
Gifts for Vampire Fans
Got a major
Crafts for Decorating the Dorm Room
Dorm rooms can be spartan affairs, but these easy, fun craft projects will add plenty of pizzazz.
Dorm Crafts: DIY Draft Stopper
A DIY draft stopper is the perfect thing to banish winter's chill from dorm windows or first apartment doors.
Make a Dorm Draft Snake
Here's how to make a colorful draft-stopper to cozy up a dorm room. Page 2.
Finishing Up That Dorm Draft Stopper
All it takes is a few pounds of rice and some fabric to stop dorm drafts. Page 3.
Understanding Financial Aid - Deciphering the Financial Aid Packet
A financial aid packet is a wonderful thing. Understanding financial aid and deciphering financial aid packets? Not so much. So here's the lowdown on what all those terms - Stafford, Perkins and PLUS - mean.
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.
Geocaching - A Guide to Geocaching
What began a decade ago as a niche hobby - a high tech treasure hunt that used GPS devices to track down geocaches - has become the wildly popular, outdoor adventure known as geocaching. Here's the lowdown on what geocaching is and how to play, with nothing more than a cell phone and some good walking shoes. (P.S. Geocaching is a great activity for teens, college kids and 20somethings. It's a cool birthday outing. And it's a very fun
Care Packages for Spring - Springtime Care Packages for Easter and Spring
Easter Care Package: We can't always celebrate holidays with the ones we love, but this springtime Easter-in-a-box care package will make your college kids feel loved. Plus, who doesn't love chocolate bunnies?
Grad School Exams - Grad School Exams
Got a new grad who's thinking about law, med school, or other graduate degrees? Here's the lowdown on grad school admissions exams.
Dental School - A Parent Guide to Dental School
Dental School: A Parent Guide to Dental School from DAT to diploma.
Community College 101 - Parent Guide to Community College Life
Got a child headed off to community college? Community college is not like high school - and all those dorm life tips may not be quite apt either. So here's a parent guide to community college life, and what your child is likely to encounter.
Eagle Scout 101 - A Parent Guide
Got a prospective Eagle Scout? This parent guide includes timelines and tips for the entire process.
Money saving tips for college families
Between the lattes, laptops and books, college expenses add up fast. Here's how to save a little cash.
Crafts for Decorating the Dorm Room
Dorm rooms can be spartan affairs, but these easy, fun craft projects will add plenty of pizzazz.
Resources for College Kids with ADD/ADHD
Got a college kid with ADD or ADHD? These resources can help.
Boyfriends, Girlfriends and Bedroom Assignments
When your college kid or 20something brings his sweetheart home to visit, do they sleep in the same room? Separately? Or do you gesture vaguely down the hall?
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.
Review: '20 Something 20 Everything'
Book Review: Christine Hassler's
A Parent Guide to UC San Diego
Confused about UC San Diego and the differences between Revelle, Marshall and the other four schools? Get the lowdown from a parent perspective in this guide.
Family Vacations and Voluntourism
The biggest trend in travel these days is voluntourism, a feel good combination of community service, sightseeing and fun for families with older teens, college kids and 20somethings too.
How to Build an Impressive Music or Drama Conservatory Application
Tips to help college-bound theater and music majors build impressive university and conservatory admissions applications.
Advice from College Admissions Experts
In the midst of college admissions mania, what kind of advice should a parent give a child? What does
Review - BustedHalo 'Freshman Survival Guide'
Review - 'College Bound and Gagged'
Book review: Nancy Berk blends stand-up comedy with college apps advice in her new, self-published book,
Book Review - 'Slouching Toward Adulthood'
Book Review: Sally Koslow's latest book,
Book Review - 'When Will My Grown-up Kid Grow Up'
A new parenting book for parents of 20somethings is out. Here's the scoop on
Gloom and Other Great Dorm Card Games
A card game for grown-up Lemony Snicket fans, Gloom is a great game for small groups and particularly fun for dorm play.
Dorm Card Games - Cards Against Humanity
Dorm Card Games: College-aged fans of
Dorm Crafts - Exam Worry Dolls
This dorm craft project offers a twist on the Guatemalan worry doll theme, tailor made for dealing with exam stress. It's a perfect little DIY gift to tuck in a care package.
Five More Date Night Ideas
The kids are off to college, the house is quiet - and it's time for date night Here are some ideas to get you started.
How to Make an Exam Worry Doll
This dorm craft project offers a twist on the Guatemalan worry doll theme, tailor made for dealing with exam stress. Here's how to make one. Page 2.
More DIY Apron Ideas
A painted canvas apron is a fun, easy craft project with infinite possibilities. Here are just a few ideas.
Decorated Care Package Bags
College Care Packages: Tips on how to decorate bags to hold the goodies in a care package.
Theater School Audition Tips
Got a teen or 20something applying to theater school? These 10 audition tips will help him or her weather the drama school audition.
Audition Survival Kit for Parents
Headed for conservatory or theater school auditions with your soon-to-be college freshman? Sitting outside the audition room, gnawing your nails, is a stressful affair. Here's what to tuck in that audition survival kit.
10 Toughest Schools to Get Into
It's getting even tougher to get into the most competitive American universities. Applications are surging, admit rates are dropping and if you're child is aiming for Stanford, Harvard or Yale, he's got his work cut out for him.
Cocktails for an Empty Nest Party
The kids are off to college and an empty nest cocktail party is a perfect way to celebrate. Here's what to serve. Page 2.
Decorations for an Empty Nest Cocktail Party
Adorable empty birdhouses adorn the cocktail table at this empty nest cocktail party. Page 3.
Hotlines & Resources for Dealing with Dating Abuse
It's incredibly hard to watch your college kid or 20something grapple with sexual harassment and physical violence in a dating relationship. Here are six parent resources for dealing with dating abuse.
Party to Celebrate the Empty Nest
The kids are off to college - why not throw a party to celebrate the empty nest and chase away the blues?
Top Music Schools in the South
Got a conservatory-bound musician in your family? Don't confine your search to New York City and Boston. There are some great music schools in the South too.
Top Music Schools in Texas
Got a serious young musician in your family? Then chances are, he (and you) are looking at conservatories or top-notch music programs at a university. The music program at Rice University in Texas is the top music school in the southern half of the United States, but it's not the only university with a great program. Page 2.
Top Music Schools in Florida
If your favorite teen or 20something is looking at conservatories and similar top-notch music programs, make sure your family looks at Florida too. The state boasts a number of excellent universities with strong music programs. Page 3.
College Advent Calendar
A college-themed Advent Calendar is the perfect treat to tuck into a care package at this time of year.
How to Make a College Advent Calendar
Here's how to make a college-themed Advent Calendar. Page 2.
Treats for a College Advent Calendar
Need ideas for what to tuck inside that DIY advent calendar for the dorm? Page 3.
How to Display a College Advent Calendar
This university-inspired advent calendar will be a hit in the dorms. Here's how to hang it up, in a way that won't mar walls or give the RA fits. Page 4.
Empty Nest Brunch
When you're done dropping off the kids at college, celebrate your new empty nest status with a post-dorm drop-off brunch.
Dorm Crafts - College Words Pencil Cup
Turning a desk into a fun, chic study space can be a piece of cake. Voila, a crafty pencil cup that uses an old can, a little paper and a cool website called Wordle to inspire.
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.
The Best Music Schools in California
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.
Music Schools in the Pacific Northwest and Beyond
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. Page 3.
Passover Care Package
We can't always celebrate holidays with the ones we love, but this Passover care package will make your college kids feel like they're part of the festivities and rituals, no matter how far they are from home.
Creative Ways to Give a Coupon Gift
We've all done it - given our teen or 20-something an early Christmas gift. It's fabulous at the time, but when the actual holiday rolls around, it's kind of a bummer. What do you put under the tree? Voila: this sensational DIY craft, a coupon gift/reminder.
Assembling the Coupon Box or Diorama
This quick guide shows you how to assemble this coupon box or diorama - and remind your college kid about those concert tickets, plane ride or other early Christmas gift. Page 2.
Dorm Crafts: Cool Cork Boards
With just a little paint, this easy dorm craft project transforms even the most mundane, $1 cork square into a very cool dorm bulletin board.
Dorm Crafts: A Striped Bulletin Board
Here's how to transform a cork square into a cool striped bulletin board for the dorm. Page 2.
Dorm Crafts: Polka-Dot Cork Board
Polka-dots, anyone? Here's how to turn that plain cork square into an adorable polka-dot cork board. Page 3.
Dorm Crafts: A Checkerboard Bulletin Board
A plain cork board turns into a stylish checkered bulletin board with a little help from Post-its, painter's tape and paint. Page 4.
Make Your Own DIY Silk Screen Frame
Silk screening is such a creative art form, but you don't need special equipment to do it. You can make your own screen from scratch.
How to Assemble a Quick Silk Screen Frame
Make a quick, inexpensive silk screen frame in four easy steps. Page 2.
Great Dorm Board Games: 'Forbidden Island
Great games for the dorm: Forbidden Island offers plenty of strategic fun and cooperative gameplay.
What is a First-Year Seminar
Wondering about that class on your freshman's college schedule? Here's the lowdown on first-year seminars.
What is an academic adviser
What is an academic adviser? Parenting Young Adults.
What is a rising senior
What is a rising senior? Parenting Young Adults.
What is a peer advisor
Wondering about peer advisors? Here's what they are and how universities typically use them.
Historically Black Colleges and Universities
What are historically black colleges or universities?
A Memory Board or Collage Makes a Great Graduation Gift
Looking for a good way to commemorate graduation? A memory board or photo collage makes a great graduation gift.
Graduation Gifts - The Childhood Memory Board
Here's how to make a childhood memory board for your new graduate. Page 2.
Graduation Gifts - The College Collage
Here's how to make a ready-for-college photo collage for your new graduate. Page 3.
College Admissions - What is Early Decision
There are a variety of ways to apply to colleges, including regular admissions, early decision and early action. What does early decision mean?
5 Great Ways to Spend Winter Break
There's a let down once the holidays are over, particularly when your college kid still has weeks of winter break left. Here are five great ways to spend that time.
Cheerleader Ornament - Make a College Cheerleader Ornament for Christmas
DIY College Crafts: Make a College Cheerleader Ornament for Christmas
Common Application - What is the Common Application?
What is the Common Application? How does one use the Common Application?
Creative Ways to Give Cash - Containers for 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.
Dorm Crafts - College Landmark Magnets
Dorm Crafts: Looking for a fun way to incorporate college sights into that dorm decor? This quick little craft turns college landmarks into magnets or thumbtacks.
Dorm Sewing Kit
Every dorm room needs a ... dorm sewing kit for reattaching buttons, fixing hems and other quick repairs. Here's how to make a cute, compact version that looks good on a shelf and contains everything your teen or 20something needs.
College Move-In Tips
College Prep and Move-In Tips. Parenting Young Adults.
Top College Stories 2010 - The Top 10 College Stories for 2010
Top 10 Stories in 2010: They splashed across headlines, and became the talk of, if not the water cooler, at least the dinner table and Facebook. These were the top 10 news stories for college kids and their families in 2010, starting with health insurance for young adults.
GPS Gadgets and Apps for Geocachers
Essential GPS gadgets and apps for Geocachers.
What is Work Study
Work study defined. Plus, how on earth do you get it? it?
Dorm Crafts - Materials for a DIY Desk Blotter
Here's what you'll need to make a stylish DIY desk blotter for the dorm, home office or any desk anywhere. Page 2.
Dorm Crafts - How to Make a DIY Desk Blotter
Instructions for making a DIY desk blotter for the dorm or home office. Page 3.
Dorm Crafts - Assembling the DIY Desk Blotter
Finishing the base of the DIY desk blotter. Page 4.
Dorm Crafts - Variations on the DIY Desk Blotter
Dorm Crafts: Variations on the DIY desk blotter. Page 5.
Dorm Crafts - Variations on the DIY Desk Blotter
Dorm Crafts: Variations on the DIY desk blotter. Page 6.
Dorm Crafts - Variations on the DIY Desk Blotter
Dorm Crafts: Variations on the DIY desk blotter. Page 7.
Write Your College Essay in Less Than a Day
Culinary Schools - Culinary Schools and Chef Training
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.
Family Vacations - Voluntourism Resources for Families with Teens
Increasingly, families with teens and college kids are planning their vacations around voluntourism treks that combine community service with sightseeing, stateside and internationally.
Creative Ways to Give Cash - Creative Ways to Give Cash to Med Students
Looking for a creative way to give cash? Here's one idea for med students.
Quelf and Other Favorite Dorm Board Games
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.
Examples of Boy Scout Eagle Projects
Path to Eagle: Sample Eagle Projects
What is an Eagle Scout
What is an Eagle Scout? Parenting Young Adults.
What is a Master's Degree
What is a master's degree? Parenting Young Adults.
Coping with Academic Probation
Academic Probation & Dismissal: Helping your child appeal.
University Outdoor Adventure - University Outdoor Adventure Programs
Outdoor Adventure: What is a university outdoor adventure program?
College Advice Books - Naked Roommate Book Review
College Advice Books: Review of Harlan Cohen's advice book,
Roommate Gets Sick - What to do When the Roommate Gets Sick
The call comes late at night. Your kid's girlfriend, boyfriend or college roommate is sick. Your child doesn't know what to do. And now you're worried about your child's health too. What if it's swine flu?
35th Anniversary Party - A Coral 35th Anniversary Party
Celebrating a 35th wedding anniversary? Traditionally, 35th anniversaries are celebrated with coral, so why not use that coral theme as inspiration for an anniversary party at home?
Washington State University - Spokane
The scoop on Spokane and the Washington State University Riverpoint campus.
Music School - Differences Between High School and College for Music Majors
Music Majors: Your young musician may have loved his high school music program, but the transition to college or conservatory carries huge differences for music majors.
Dorm Crafts - DIY Desk Blotter for the Dorm
Outfit that new dorm room with some stylish, DIY desk supplies, including this easy dorm desk blotter.
University of Puget Sound
The lowdown on the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, from a parent perspective.
What is a General Education requirement
What is a General Education or GE requirement?
College Safety 101 Book Review
Substitute Teaching - Substitute Teacher
Substitute teaching: Some 20-somethings turn to substitute teaching as a way to earn some cash, while exploring career options. Here's the lowdown on substitute teaching.
Dorm Crafts - A Campus Map Lanyard
Dorm Crafts: Add a clever campus map to that lanyard and you'll never got lost again.
College Care Package for Lunar New Year
College Care Packages: Looking for ideas for what to tuck in a care package for your college kid? These days Lunar New Year and Chinese New Year isn't just celebrated by Asian families. It's celebrated in classrooms across the United States. So why not use that theme to add delightful surprises to a college care package?
FAQs for College Parents - Roommate Advice for College Parents
College Parents FAQS: Your child, her college roommate and the boyfriend who won't leave.
Non-Alcoholic Drinks - Twists on Lemonade
Looking for a party-ready non-alcoholic drink? Try these twists on that summer classic, lemonade - strawberry, lavender and more.
College Countdown - Countdown to College
Toddlerhood may have taken forever, but the teen years whip past and suddenly your child is applying to college and entering the final countdown. Here's everything you need to know about college applications and all the nitty gritty of those last months before college - from pediatrician paperwork to roommates, cars and dorm decor.
Navigating the transition from teens to adulthood, including tips on reinventing the parent-child relationship, bolstering communication, dealing with discipline and redefining your role as loving, parental advisor.