18 and Under

Double Take: Breaking up really is hard to do, and overcoming it takes maturity
May 25, 2015
Breakups are tough. But don’t give up on meaningful relationships because one ended badly. Kyra recommends dealing with emotions in the present and taking some time to reflect.
Double Take: Standardized testing provides little benefit to students
May 19, 2015
Dr. Wes wants an end to standardized testing; Kyra agrees that kids go through enough, but thinks some form of standardized testing is necessary.
Double Take: Introducing a new perspective
May 12, 2015
Dr. Wes chooses a new co-author: Bishop Seabury senior Gabe Magee, who answers one of the Challenge Questions posed by Dr. Wes.
Double Take: Same-sex dating for teens has own set of rules
May 5, 2015
Dr. Wes says the growing fluidity in dating practice should not change how parents welcome their children’s romantic interests into the home. Partners should still be judged on character and substance and not on gender or sexual identity.
Double Take: The lost art of dating lots of people, part two
April 28, 2015
Last week Kyra and I revealed our shocking magic cure to stuck-in-a-rut, ill-defined teen and young adult dating. We suggested people actually date, maybe up to twenty-five different people per year. This week, I’ll tell you why.
Double Take: Bring back the lost practice of dating
April 21, 2015
Young people needn’t go back to formal courting, but they might actually try going somewhere and maybe have an adventure, or sit and look into each other’s eyes and care nothing about the rest of the world (read: smartphones), or hold hands in a theater. Or look at the stars.
Double Take: Looking for new teen co-author
April 14, 2015
This week we celebrate the tenth annual essay contest to find the 12th teen co-author of Double Take. If you’re keeping score, we’ve now had had six authors from Free State, four from LHS, and one from Bishop Seabury; nine girls and two boys.
Double Take: Be reasonable with teen car choice
April 7, 2015
Dr. Wes and Kyra Haas talk about the best choice of cars for a new teen driver.
Double Take: Teens’ online presence needs adult input
March 31, 2015
Regarding teens taking the technology reins, Dr. Wes says parents don’t really give teens freedom. They take it. Kyra admits that while parents want to believe their teens will make good choices, once a breach in confidence occurs, reeling kids back can be near impossible.
Double Take: Teen tattoos are a lasting expression in a world of cyber communication
March 24, 2015
Kyra Haas says that in 60 years, after her texts, photos and tweets have been lost to cyberspace, she and her friends can point to their wrinkled, faded tattoos as one of the few lasting expressions of who they were and where they came from.
Double Take: My young son identifies as gay; what should I do?
March 17, 2015
My child isn’t even in middle school, and he is identifying as gay. I think I’m a pretty accepting parent, but this seems more like a fad or something my child heard on TV rather than something heartfelt. How should I respond?
Double Take: Legislation would ignore reality of teen behavior and needs
March 10, 2015
Teens are going to have sex, and the opt-in model of sex education does not address the realities of teen behavior. Dr. Wes proposes a multi-level education model that gives teens a choice.
Double Take: Senate bill stands in the way of education
March 3, 2015
This week, Dr. Wes and Kyra discuss the Kansas Senate’s SB 56, which charges with a class B misdemeanor any teacher caught teaching things that lawmakers or parents consider salacious.
Double Take: ‘Relationship’ label requires agreement on behavior
February 24, 2015
Dr. Wes proposes teaching kids from preschool on that “a relationship” isn’t a label but an agreement between two people on how they will behave toward each other. Like any contract, you set your terms so everyone knows what’s to be expected.
Double Take: PLUS model helps parents respond to teen crises
February 17, 2015
Teens bring many difficult situations into their parents’ lives. The PLUS model, which Dr. Wes and previous co-author Katie Guyot developed, gives parents a formula for how to respond in a helpful way to just about any difficult situation — or at least to not make things worse.