Your son wants to hang out at a friend’s house: he calls your cell to cell to ask. Your daughter is staying late at school: she sends you a text.
With all the technological advances in recent years, communication for parents and children certainly is easier, isn’t it?
Maybe not. Parents can actually find themselves competing with Facebook, xBox and cell phones for their kids’ time and attention. This can create tension when one of the issues they need to discuss is the technology itself. How, where and when should children have access to these gadgets and websites?
Dr. Wes Crenshaw is a Kansas Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified in Couples and Family Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and has seen families in his Lawrence practice since 1999. He is co-author of the Double Take advice column published every Monday since 2004 in the Lawrence Journal World. He compiled eight years’ worth of his best columns into two books entitled:Dear Dr. Wes: Real Life Advice for Teens and Dear Dr. Wes: Real Life Advice for Parents of Teens. Both books are co-authored by teens. He specializes in a wide variety of issues including dating, sexuality, behavior management, school problems, successful family life, and couples issues (pre-married, married, and unmarried).
Dr. Wes received his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1994, was licensed in 1995 and founded an internship for doctoral students in Topeka in 1996. He was board certified and began private practice as co-owner of the Family Therapy Institute Midwest in 1999. He opened Family Psychological Services LLC, a forensic consultation practice in January 2011 and is developing a strategic practice management and billing service for mental health providers in Kansas.