18 and Under

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.
CrossFit Lawrence sends kids over boulders, up climbing walls
March 24, 2014
Inside an east Lawrence warehouse on Saturday mornings, recess takes on several forms. By Stephen Montemayor
Double Take: How do I come out to my conservative parents?
March 18, 2014
I heard your radio show last year about how different things are for gay teens now, and I mostly agree, but some of us have older more traditional parents, or live in a small town.
Double Take: Why a generation of boys is failing in school and life
March 11, 2014
I’ve become increasingly concerned over the past decade about the direction boys are headed in our society.
Double Take: Can I date someone who doesn’t believe in God?
March 4, 2014
I want to marry someone of my own faith, but while I’m still young I want to date whomever I want considering that I just want to be with someone who makes me happy. But my dad is against me dating anyone who is not of our faith. How can I get him to be open-minded and let me date whom I want?
Double Take: There’s nothing ‘small government’ about Kansas’ stupid divorce bill
February 25, 2014
The commonality of divorce impacts teens and young adults. It undermines their trust of the “us” in our world. It makes them leery of commitment. It will thus come as a great comfort to Kansans, already impressed with pro-spanking and anti-gay initiatives in Topeka, that legislators have found a cure for divorce — make it impossible to get one or, at least, ridiculously difficult and embarrassing.
Double Take: Why can’t I take a ‘mental health’ day off?
February 18, 2014
Why is it that we can say we’re going to throw up and not go to school, but if we say we’re too sad or feel like dying, we have to go. Aren’t mental health issues just as important as physical ones?
Double Take: Abstinence-based sex ed is ‘out of step with reality’
February 11, 2014
I heard you speak last fall about abstinence-based education. You said your thinking had changed from seeing it as a viable alternative to seeing it as kind of dangerous.
Double Take: I’ve dated all my friends, now what?
February 4, 2014
I go to a small school, where everyone knows everyone else. It gets too close for dating at times, and things get really awkward in a hurry. What do you suggest to avoid this problem and still have someone to date?
Double Take: My teenage son refuses to drive
January 28, 2014
Most of my 16 1/2-year-old son’s peers couldn’t wait to drive, but he seems to be putting it off eternally.
Double Take: Nobody is born to be monogamous
January 21, 2014
Periodically, I rant about teen ethics. Actually, many of our columns are about that topic, some more explicitly than others. Ethics define how we should treat others and ourselves toward a greater good. Nowhere are they more critical than in learning how to love and be loved.
Double Take: How to choose the right college experience
January 14, 2014
A key part of your college research is deciding exactly what you’re looking for. Type-A gal that I am, I came up with an acronym while searching for my ideal college: C.A.L.F. (Character, Academics, Location, and Finances).