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Double Take: Prepare for college applications by preparing for the worst
December 15, 2014
Given the number of high school students I see, I didn’t need a reminder that December is the beginning of college decision season.
Double Take: Respect students’ communication boundaries
December 8, 2014
When your child goes off to college or moves out, all communication needn’t be limited to a monthly phone call or email. However, you must strike a fine balance for these interactions and the form they take.
Double Take: Work toward forgiveness in relationships
December 1, 2014
Working toward forgiveness is important in moving past any injustice. It may take many years if the injustice is grave, but ultimately forgiveness means letting go of the pain and sadness associated with the relationship and starting anew.
Double Take: Keep in mind what works, what doesn’t at holiday family get-togethers
November 25, 2014
Unless you’re headed home to Whoville for an idyllic gathering of loved ones, you’ll probably appreciate a few reminders of what works and what doesn’t at holiday family get-togethers.
Double Take: Love and ADHD can be a rewarding mix
November 17, 2014
Learning how to love someone with ADHD can be perplexing, but it can also be rewarding and fun. The secret is learning when to tolerate and ignore and when to push for accountability.
Double Take: Selfies don’t always convey the right message
November 10, 2014
When it comes to selfies, some teens don’t shape their message to say what they really mean. Others say exactly what they mean, before having considered its impact. Either way, as a society we haven’t done a very good job helping kids learn to use their fabulous media.
Double Take: Explicit selfies may be common, but they are harmful
November 3, 2014
Many teens and young adults see no reason not to take and share explicit material. Some see it as a sort of sexual calling card. Others claim it as a form of social protest, echoing Jennifer Lawrence in Vanity Fair, “It’s my body; it’s my choice.” Most just commit to digital image what they share with intimate partners and see portrayed in online explicit content. Regardless, many teens and even more young adults take and share these pictures nowadays.
Double Take: School shootings continue to shine light on mental health issues
October 27, 2014
Dr. Wes and Kyra look at the cycle of school shootings and start by looking at the long list of shootings through history. “Respectfully consider that Wikipedia list to offer context for this sad story. You won’t find any profiles there, but you will find more than one Jaylen Fryberg story. And any way you slice it, these are stories of mental breakdown.”
Double Take: Set your own course by voting
October 20, 2014
If you don’t vote, you’re letting somebody else drive your car. And given the astounding differences between how the over-30 and under-30 crowd polls right now, you might not like the course someone else sets for you.
Double Take: Define a relationship that may be imbalanced
October 13, 2014
How do you handle a boyfriend who says “I love you” but may not be showing it through his actions?
Double Take: Deal with video game-related problems
September 29, 2014
New research and Dr. Wes’s clinical experience suggest that violent content doesn’t make kids more violent or lacking in empathy. But the actual emotional experience of game play often makes them angrier and, at times, aggressive.
Double Take: Idea of babies throws up roadblock
September 22, 2014
Dr. Wes: I’ve noticed a trend that parallels the tendency of teens and young adults to eschew the idea of marriage. Fewer and fewer show any interest in having kids. Initially, I jumped for joy to hear 16- and 17-year-olds making a solemn pledge to avoid unwanted pregnancies. Today, young people mature far more slowly socio-culturally than they do physically. Reproduction in early adolescence made sense thousands of years ago when we only lived to be 30. It makes no sense now. Starting a family at 13 isn’t an asset anymore. In fact, the ideal age of reproduction is now between 26 and 30.
Double Take: Motivate your kids to do more
September 15, 2014
Motivating kids seems harder and harder these days, as the sedentary lifestyle creeps in from every corner of our existence, beckoning our kids to do less and less. Dr. Wes and Kyra offer recommendations for parents on how to motivate their kids to do more than sit around.
Double Take: Communicate, stay positive with stepfamilies
September 8, 2014
Living with step-parents: These suggestions can help teens make the best of relationships with stepparents.
Double Take: Weed common but still serious
September 1, 2014
As use and sales of marijuana become more commonplace, young people should still remember it isn’t legal, and the stakes are high when you’re caught.

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