18 and Under

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.
Double Take: Don’t take relationship with ex in stride
August 25, 2014
Double Take: Non-dating friendships rarely work out well. A significant other needs to decide which relationship matters more. Ultimatums usually aren’t cool, but in instances like these, they may well be necessary.
Double Take: Depression diagnosis takes time, professional experience
August 18, 2014
According to the National Institute of Mental Health 11 percent of teens have been diagnosed with a depressive disorder by age 18. Yet many families still imagine their kids can’t be affected by depression, leaving many undiagnosed and untreated. If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, clinical depression is among the most difficult disorders to accurately assess in children and teens.
Double Take: New coauthor wants to foster community rather than ‘likes’
August 12, 2014
Kyra Haas brings to Double Take a wry, insightful wit, a spirit of excitement about the topics we discuss, and a way of being that I can only describe admiringly as idiosyncratic. And she’s one of the most likable teenagers I know. She can talk (or text) your leg off and never run out of interesting things to say while, at the same time, being a great listener and voracious learner. Previous coauthor Katie Guyot told me early on, “Kyra is special. There’s no one else like her,” and as always, Katie is a great judge of such things, because, above all else you will like about Kyra, she is a person of great character.
Double Take: Wishing coauthor a fond farewell
August 4, 2014
The Double Take column wishes Kendra farewell and welcoming Kyra, our next coauthor.
Double Take: Weigh whether to tell friend about boyfriend’s cheating
July 29, 2014
Dr. Wes and Kendra advise a friend to weigh circumstances when deciding whether to tell on cheating boyfriend.
Double Take: ‘I love you’ can pose a dilemma
July 21, 2014
Saying ‘I love you’ can create an imbalance for young couples. Learn to break your feelings gently to your partner.
Double Take: Those with ADHD should have hope and ask for help
July 7, 2014
Dr. Wes and Kendra answer a question about living successfully with ADHD: The answer often comes down to having hope.
Double Take: Young people admit pot is part of life
July 1, 2014
Dr. Wes and Kendra talk explore marijuana use more closely in regard to teen and young adult users of other drugs.
Double Take: Hold off on final decisions about religion
June 23, 2014
Kendra encourages dialogue about religion, while Dr. Wes says hold off on any final decision about your faith until you’re sure of parents’ support.
Double Take: Summer relationships can have rules, too
June 2, 2014
Summer lovin’ doesn’t have to end with confusion and anger. A few guidelines can help keep the fun in summer flings.
Double Take: Picking next teen co-author a tough decision
May 13, 2014
Selecting a 2014-15 co-author was a joyfully grueling process among competitive young people.
Double Take: Cure for zombie relationships? Delete your ex
March 25, 2014
Is there some reason that girls feel like they need to keep talking to their ex after they break up? It’s pretty much ruining my girlfriend and my relationship, and I may break up with her because of it.