Dear Dr. Wes: Real Life Advice for Parents of Teens

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This is a unique book of advice and commentary for the parents of teenagers, co-written by teenagers themselves. It combines Dr. Wes Crenshaw's nineteen years of clinical experience as a board certified family psychologist with the natural wisdom and empathy of eight really sharp sixteen- to eighteen-year-olds, each of whom spent a year writing for the Double Take advice column.

Though entertaining in tone, the book offers serious, honest and practical guidance to parents on ...

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Overview

This is a unique book of advice and commentary for the parents of teenagers, co-written by teenagers themselves. It combines Dr. Wes Crenshaw's nineteen years of clinical experience as a board certified family psychologist with the natural wisdom and empathy of eight really sharp sixteen- to eighteen-year-olds, each of whom spent a year writing for the Double Take advice column.

Though entertaining in tone, the book offers serious, honest and practical guidance to parents on real world adolescent issues: sex, contraception, pregnancy, sexual identity, mental health, cutting, falling in love, breaking up, friendship, divorce, the future, teen technology, parent-child conflict, suicide, foster care, school success and failure, fear and hope and many other issues in the middle and high school years.

Most of the advice was written in response to letters sent by parents and teens to ask@dr.wes.com. The rest were written on topics selected by the authors based on teen trends and current events. In addition to specific suggestions on each problem, the authors share a thoughtful social commentary on how the world influences the next generation, and vice versa.

Have teens read the companion volume: Dear Dr. Wes: Real Life Advice for Teens.

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What People Are Saying

Foster W. Cline
I LOVE these books! I've never experienced any work more effective and relevant in responding to today's unique teen and parent issues. I completely recommend these books as a "must-read" for teens and their parents. (Foster W. Cline, M.D., bestselling author of the Parenting with Love and Logic materials.)
Michael Bradley
These invaluable books offer the true depth of color of the contemporary teen experience which other works merely outline. (Michael Bradley, Ed.D., author of When Things Get Crazy With Your Teen: The Why, the How, and What to DO NOW.)
Michael Hoyt
This is a great resource for parents. Buy it now and start reading—so that you'll have some ideas ready before problems hit. I recommend it wholeheartedly! (Michael Hoyt, PhD, author of Some Stories are Better than Others, The Present is a Gift, and Brief Psychotherapies.)
Linda Daugherty
I loved these two books—real questions from real people. The answers provided by Wes and the teen writers are always compassionate, always on everyone's side—thoughtful, blunt and sometimes raw in their honesty. (Linda Daugherty, playwright, The Secret Life of Girls.)
Rosalind Wiseman
Dear Dr. Wes: Real Advice for Teens and Parents is a great read. It's a wonderful example of how advice for teens and their parents should be presented; as a true collaboration between a mental health professional and young people. I recommend both books highly! (Rosalind Wiseman, bestselling author of Queen Bees and Wannabes.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615570402
  • Publisher: Family Psychological Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/2011
  • Pages: 210
  • Sales rank: 979,049
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Wes Crenshaw, PhD is a licensed psychologist and Board Certified in Couples and Family Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He specializes in working with adolescents and their families from his private practice in Lawrence, KS. He has co-authored Double Take since November 2004. Dr. Wes has been married since 1985 (to the same woman, no less) and has two children, including a teenager who helped him immensely in both the conceptualization and final editing of this book. He is presently working on another set of books based on Double Take, while finishing his novels. You can learn more about his writing and practice and submit your own question to Double Take at www.dr-wes.com or follow his advice for parents and teens on Twitter at @wescrenshawphd.
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