18 and Under

Double Take: Scholarship shouldn’t dictate college choice
December 10, 2013
Should students choose a college because they receive “free” money? Increasingly, I think the answer might be “no,” particularly if that college is an expensive out-of-state institution
Double Take: Like it or not, drinking part of most teens’ social lives
December 3, 2013
We recently addressed a teen’s request to clarify the limits of confidentiality in therapy, particularly where substance use is concerned. In responding, I wrote, “Although I don’t personally condone alcohol or drug use, weekend drinking is common among my peers and rarely has long-term harmful effects.” A subsequent letter to the editor countered that underage drinking does have long-term effects.
Double Take: Stuck in the middle of a divorce
November 26, 2013
Divorced parents are asking their child to keep their dating lives a secret.
Double Take: How much can my boyfriend’s therapist tell parents?
November 19, 2013
My boyfriend has been having problems with depression. He’s 16 and agreed to see a therapist. But in the first session she told him that if he talked about anything having to do with drugs or alcohol, she’d have to tell his parents because that’s illegal.
Double Take: Cheap options available for teens to get tested for STIs
October 22, 2013
Dear Dr. Wes and Kendra: I am trying to take your advice and get any partner I have sex with tested beforehand. But when I went to the doctor they said it would cost $199 and insurance won’t cover it unless I have symptoms. I’m like, seriously? I have to get something first before I can get tested? How does that make sense?
Double Take: Tips for living with ADD
October 15, 2013
How ADD sufferers can stay ahead of the problems it can present.
Parents should keep blame out of divorce for kids’ sake
October 8, 2013
How parents can make their divorce as painless as possible on their kids.
Double Take: Parents should think about how they reinforce kids’ behavior
September 24, 2013
If you tell a child he or she is successful because of his or her efforts, you’re assigning accomplishment to a variable that is within the child’s power. And guess what? The next time the child faces an intellectual challenge, he or she will think that trying hard is the key to success, not good fortune.
Double Take: Parents involved in kids’ lives whether they like it or not
September 17, 2013
Dear Dr. Wes & Kendra: Everyone needs to leave me alone about a job and school! It’s my life. Why can’t I live it the way I want to?
Double Take: When it comes to sex ed, don’t let Internet do the talking
September 10, 2013
A vast array of explicit online content (EOC) is available right now for your teen to view. It’s three clicks away. And it’s free.
Double Take: How to get kids interested in culture
September 3, 2013
How do you get kids away from their screens and into real culture?
Double Take: True friendship a rare and beautiful thing
August 27, 2013
I can say from personal experience that real friends are rare because true honesty and integrity are rare
Double Take: Long-distance or not, relationships take effort
August 19, 2013
Dear Dr. Wes and Kendra: This is the time of the year when high school dating couples are going away to college and making hard decisions about whether to hang on to their relationships or go their separate ways. What advice do you have?
Double Take: New co-author looks to continue tradition
August 12, 2013
Meet new Double Take co-author Kendra Schwartz
Double Take: Co-author braces for college life
August 5, 2013
Co-author Katie Guyot wonders if she’s going to survive college.