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

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615570402
Publisher: Family Psychological Press
Publication date: 12/26/2011
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.44(d)

About 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 or follow his advice for parents and teens on Twitter at @wescrenshawphd.

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