Dear Dr. Wes
Real Life Advice for Teens and Real Life Advice for Parents of Teens
Which of the following topics do teens and parents most need help on these days?
- Planning for the future
- Substance abuse
- Mental health
- The real world
Answer? All of them. Of course past generations had to deal with these same issues. But along with all the amazing opportunity for today’s teens comes a world of hazards and pitfalls too. The very best advantage parents and teens can have in navigating that world is communication. Even if you don’t agree with every word of advice we offer in this books, there’s no doubt you’ll start talking. Talking to friends, parents, each other. To learn more about either book, just pull down the menu at the top of this page under Our Books.
Parents: Read the parent book. Teens: Read the teen book. Exchange books. Start Talking
My wife, a veteran teacher, recently used one of our columns in her seventh-grade class, discussing how girls undercut each other in the dating pool by engaging sexually without benefit of a relationship. They class argued for the rest of the hour, considering what we’d written. That’s the point of Dear Dr. Wes: Real Life Advice. The more teens and adults talk, the more they learn about each other. So here’s a few provocative questions from our books to get you started.
- How young is too young for sex?
- Which is better abstinence education or sex-ed?
- Do long distance relationships work?
- Shouldn’t marijuana really be legal?
- How do you know when someone feels suicidal?
- What’s the problem with sexting?
- What do you do with teens who lie and steal?
Join The Conversation
- Didn’t answer your question in our books?
- Email Dr. Wes at Double Take and we’ll get your question answered in the paper and online at the Journal World, or we’ll put it up for discussion on our new blog.
- Want to get good advice every day?
- Follow us @wescrenshawphd for daily advice from the Dear Dr. Wes authors, as well as interesting retweets from teenagers all over the world.
- Want to join our blogging team?
- Are you or do you know a young person between thirteen and nineteen who writes fluent English and who has provocative ideas about the topics in our columns? Follow us @wescrenshawphd and let us know you’re interested. We’ll add you to our list of strong young voices and consider you for our blogging team. Learn more.