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Dear Dr. Wes:Real Life Advice for Parents of Teens Paperback – December 26, 2011
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"I LOVE these books! I've never experienced any work more effective and relevant in responding to today's unique teen and parent issues. I completely recommend these books as a "must-read" for teens and their parents."
"These invaluable books offer the true depth of color of the contemporary teen experience which other works merely outline."
--Michael Bradley, Ed.D., author of When Things Get Crazy With Your Teen: The Why, the How, and What to DO NOW.
"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.
This is a great resource for parents. Buy it now and start reading--so that you'll have some ideas ready before problems hit. I recommend it wholeheartedly!
--Michael Hoyt, PhD, author of Some Stories are Better than Others, The Present is a Gift, and Brief Psychotherapies.
"Dear Dr. Wes is a top pick for parents struggling with their teens."
From the Author
This is a book in which one board certified family psychologist and eight really sharp teenagers offer candid advice to parents on just about every issue you may face with your adolescent: sex, love, contraception, pregnancy, sexual identity, school, divorce, self harm, the future, friendship, marriage (yours and theirs), college, suicide, anxiety, ADHD, hope and hopelessness, and so on. We also offer a healthy dose of social commentary, as we consider how the forces of our modern world are shaping the next generation--and vice versa.
This book is pragmatic, coming from experience rather than theory, offering ideas and perspectives rather than rules and absolutes. It addresses the way things are for teens, not how we imagine or wish them to be. Like it or not, one decade into the millennium, these are the problems our teens face; the questions they ask adults--or worse, are afraid to ask.
What makes this book and its companion (Dear Dr. Wes: Real Life Advice for Teens) really unique, however, is the underlying concept of Double Take itself. Each week we write an advice column for the Lawrence Journal World that combines my nineteen years of psychological training and clinical experience with the youthful wisdom of a real expert on adolescence, a sixteen- to eighteen-year-old high school student selected each April from a pool of area seniors and exceptional juniors.
Roughly two thirds of the columns in this book were written in response to letters submitted by teens and parents. The rest were written on topics the co-authors and I selected from current events, personal experiences, and trends affecting teens. Some were solicited from people who contacted me for clinical advice, though confidentiality and informed consent were carefully maintained. The columns were updated and edited to minimize duplication and fit the format of this book.
Don't wait until you have a teenager to read this book. If you digest it now, cover-to-cover, you'll be ready for almost any parenting situation coming your way. If you've already passed the dreaded thirteen-year threshold with your child and feel like time is running out, don't worry. We've got you covered too. The chapter and column titles are laid out so you can browse and skim to pick out your crisis de jour. That way you can read fast, catch up and get ahead of the next curve. There will be many.
The original point of Double Take was to build empathy between generations and foster conversation on crucial issues. So, in that spirit of cross-training, we urge parents to read both this book and its companion to get a better flavor of what your kids are dealing with and how best to advise them. Likewise, we urge teens to at least skim this book, even if they just want to know what we're whispering in your ear and see whether or not they agree with our advice.
Even as I was making final edits on both books, I found myself laughing on one page and near tears on the next. But, most of all, I was reminded of just how smart teenagers are, and how smart they have to be to get through this complex world we've created for them. I am certain you'll be impressed by the young people who shared their views in these pages. I know I am.
Dr. Wes and friends can't save your family from the therapist's office. In fact, we suggest therapy at least fifteen times in each volume. But we can help you know what to talk about if you end up there.
Remember: No parents are merely interested in raising good teenagers. They're interested in raising good adults. We hope this book will offer a unique source of inspiration and guidance on that journey.
--Wes Crenshaw, PhD ABPP
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Once you read it to learn how to deal with your current issues, don't stop there. It will pay to review the rest. Its thoughtful approach provides guidance on how to deal with many problems you may face. Review them now and be ready when they come up. The further you can get ahead of the teenage problems in these complex times, the better off you, and your teen, will be. You can always go back in depth when and if it becomes necessary.
You may not agree completely with the advice given, but even if you don't, you'll learn a practical process for dealing with issues within your family. It covers everything from bullying, dealing with technology problems, how initiate the dreaded talk about sex, peer pressure, teen health issues such as stress, sleep disorders and everything Dr. Wes and his teen assistants have dealt with over years of practice and living. It is as complete a guide as I've ever encountered.