. . . for Dear Dr Wes: Real Life Advice for Parents and Teens
“Teens can be overwhelming in our lives. “Dear Dr. Wes: Real Life Advice for Parents of Teens” is a parenting guide from Wes Crenshaw, a psychologist with much experience in dealing with teenagers of many levels. With plenty of frank advice as Crenshaw discusses topics with the assistance of many teen writers, he presents an intriguing and thoughtful break down of what it takes to be a good mentor to a teen. “Dear Dr. Wes” is a top pick for parents struggling with their teens. Also of note is “Dear Dr. Wes: Real Life Advice for Teens” (9780615570419, $13.99) a more direct advice manual for teenagers from Dr. Wes and his teenage collaborators.”
- Midwest Book Review, February 2012.
“I LOVE these books! The advice offered by Wes and his co-authors is right on, straightforward and down to earth; an extremely relevant and thoughtful synthesis of a professional reference work and Dear Abby. I say this in a most complimentary way, as I’ve never experienced any work more effective and relevant in responding to today’s unique teen and parent issues. Wes Crenshaw’s years of professional experience provide, in combination with the input of eight responsible teen co-authors, a wealth of wisdom. I completely recommend these books as a “must-read” for teens and their parents.”
- Foster W. Cline, M.D., bestselling author of the Parenting with Love and Logic materials, and co-founder with Jim Fay of the Love and Logic Institute.
“These invaluable books offer the true depth of color of the contemporary teen experience which other works merely outline. Parents and their teenagers should not attempt the journey through adolescence without the wonderful wisdom in these pages.”
- Michael Bradley, Ed.D., bestselling author of When Things Get Crazy With Your Teen: The Why, the How, and What to DO NOW.
“If you want good realistic, useful advice for parents and teens, Dear Dr. Wes: Real Advice for Teens and Parents is a great read. It’s a wonderful example of how advice for teens and their parents should be presented; as a true collaboration between a mental health professional and young people. I recommend both books highly!”
- Rosalind Wiseman, bestselling author of Queen Bees and Wannabes, internationally recognized expert on teen girls, relational aggression, social justice, and ethical leadership.
This is a great resource for parents. Buy it now and start reading—so that you’ll have some ideas ready before problems hit. It would also make a fine gift for parents and kids on the cusp of teenageism. Imagine if they read the questions and discussed the answers together. Even if they didn’t agree, (1) they’d be talking, and (2) they would be exchanging ideas and clarifying values about what is good and bad, right and wrong, healthy and not. It would be a Triple Take—Dr. Wes, his teenage column associates, and the readers! I recommend it wholeheartedly!
- Michael Hoyt, PhD, author of Some Stories are Better than Others, The Present is a Gift, and Brief Psychotherapies; and editor of Therapist Stories of Inspiration, Passion and Renewal: What’s Love Got to Do with it?; and parent of a 24-year-old son.
I loved these two books—real questions from real people. One is for parents, needing answers as they navigate the rough waters of adolescence. The other for teens – those incredible, brilliant, energetic, maddening creatures leaping (often without looking) into adulthood, one foot lagging behind in childhood. The answers provided by Wes and the teen writers are always compassionate, always on everyone’s side—thoughtful, blunt and sometimes raw in their honesty. These books should sit side by side on the shelf. Yes, there’s one for parents and one for teens, but read BOTH! If you’re a teen, you might see where your parents are coming from and how much they care. If you’re a parent, you’ll remember what you were like at fifteen, and more importantly, glimpse how challenging, how really challenging, it is these days to grow up healthy and happy.
- Linda Daugherty received the 2011 National Award from the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine for her plays dealing with teen issues, The Secret Life of Girls, Eat (It’s Not About Food), dont u luv me? and hard 2 spel dad (written with Mary Rohde Scudday). She has also been nominated by the Dallas Morning News arts staff for 2011 Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year. Her plays have been produced worldwide. She is playwright in residence at Dallas Children’s Theater, named by Time Magazine as one of the top five theaters in the U.S. for families and youth, and a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.