Teens In Love | KCUR

Teens In Love

Feb 14, 2012

Young love. Even before Shakespeare wrote Romeo and Juliet, teenagers were searching for it and parents were dreading it.

On this Valentine's Day, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins Steve Kraske for a discussion on youthful romance. They talk about the appropriate age to start dating, how to handle objections to a teen’s love interest and the best time to have THE TALK.

Should moms and dads use the same rules that were in play when they dated … or do different times call for different measures?  Plus, as much as we’re concerned about our kids starting a relationship, how well prepared are we to support them when it ends?



Dr. Wes Crenshaw is a Kansas Licensed Psychologist and Board Certified in Couples and Family Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP). He served Lawrence families as director of the Family Therapy Insitute Midwest since 1999 and continues seeing clients there. He is co-author of the Double Take column published weekly since 2004, and currently in Monday's GO! section of the Lawrence Journal World. He compiled eight years’ worth of his best columns into two books entitled:Dear Dr. Wes and...Marissa, John, Julia, Kelly, Samantha, Ben and Miranda. The first volume includes columns written for parents. The second volume is for teens.

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.