Teenagers

Up to Date
10:38 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Sixteen And Singing Proudly

Singer-songwriter Gracie Schram is finding her place on the stage at age 16.
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Gracie Schram has sung the national anthem for the Kansas City Royals and Sporting KC, and she also has her own single with an album in the works. It's a pretty ambitious start for the 16-year-old Prairie Village, Kan. songstress.

On Friday's Up to Date, we talk with her about her start, her new music and her humanitarian efforts.

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Up to Date
10:52 am
Mon August 18, 2014

How To Identify A Depressed Teen--And What You Can Do To Help

Dr. Wes Crenshaw returns to discuss teen depression with guest host Jeremy Bernfeld.
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Young people experience complex emotions, and it can be hard to pick out which teens are at risk for depression and other mental issues. Some problems may just be natural growing pains, but some are not.

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk about what teen depression is-- and what it isn't-- and examine the broad range of strategies available to treat it.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Wes Crenshaw: Parents, Teens And Maturity

Dr. Wes Crenshaw says that part of the reason why younger people are waiting to get married is that boys are more immature than they used to be.
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When an old-timer mutters, “Oh, kids today… they’re not like we were,” he might be right. Statistics show that young people are waiting longer to tie the knot, and the change may be down to the maturity of the guys.

On Monday's Up to Date psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to examine this shift. We explore changes in dating practices and why teens might be slower to mature these days, especially if they’re boys.

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Lifeguards
7:43 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Why Fewer Teens Are Spending Their Summer Lifeguarding

It is getting harder for pools, like this one in Lawrence, Kan., to recruit teens into lifeguarding.
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Temperatures are rising, but a shortage of lifeguards in some communities is keeping pools closed. 

Once a stereotypical way to make some summer cash, fewer teens are willing to go through expensive training for a minimum wage job.

And while the problem here isn't as pronounced as in Austin, Texas, which had to delay opening half its pools, there are still cities scrambling to recruit the needed lifeguards to keep swimmers safe.

It takes a lot of lifeguards to keep one pool safe

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Parents, Teens And Attention Deficit Disorder

Dr. Wes Crenshaw joins Steve Kraske to talk about ADD and ADHD.

The terms ADD and ADHD have become common parlance as more and more kids get diagnosed with these attention disorders. But what’s the difference between your average squirmy kid and one who needs treatment?

On Monday's Up to Date, we talk with psychologist Wes Crenshaw and a few local teens about how kids are diagnosed and whether doctors are over-diagnosing when it comes to these conditions. We also take a look at how to get the right treatments and what a difference that can make.

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Up to Date
9:00 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Parents, Teens & Money

Dr. Wes Crenshaw joins us to discuss how to teach teens the value of money.
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Every parent these days hears it from their children: “I want a new smartphone” or “We have to get a new tablet—I’ll just die without one.” But how do you teach kids to value how expensive it is to keep up with the Joneses?

On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to talk about teen entitlement and how you can help your kids learn the value of money. We discuss how to explain the difference between needs and wants and how to get your teen thinking on the same page as you when it comes to the next upgrade.

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Up to Date
9:50 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Parents, Teens And A Different Gender War

Girls seem to be winning the gender war, according to Dr. Wes Crenshaw.
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The idea of a gender war is nothing new, but what has changed is who’s winning: It's the girls.

On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to talk about the switch and why it’s happening. We’ll look at how lower graduation rates and grades from boys are affecting this trend.

We’ll get a teen perspective on what we can change to help boys regain equal footing.

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Up To Date
4:14 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

How To Have 'The Talk' With Your Teen

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It’s something that every parent should do, but many don’t know how, or feel really awkward trying, to get it together to have ... "The Talk."  These days it’s about more complicated issues than just the birds and the bees — gender identity, casual hookups and more play into the discussion. 

Steve Kraske talks with psychologist Wes Crenshaw about how parents can approach the topic of sex with their kids. A teenager and her mother join the conversation to discuss their method for handling the subject.

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Up to Date
11:29 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Parents, Teens And Starting College

College life can be a big adjustment for freshmen.
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Late nights, too much microwave popcorn and a whole lot of work—getting used to college in your first semester is tough.

On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to talk about the difficulties freshmen have adjusting to a whole new lifestyle away from home. Steve Kraske's son, Nick, just finished his first taste of college, and he joins us to give the view from the trenches.

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Up to Date
11:20 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Best Books Of 2013 For Children And Teens

Kate McNair, Dennis Ross and Debbie McLeod join Steve Kraske to share their favorite children's, young adult and teen books from this year.

  The cold weather is starting to set in, and your kids will need something to keep them occupied—or you may risk a case of cabin fever.

 In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, three librarians join us to offer their recommendations for the best children's, young adult and teen reads. 

The "Best of 2013"

 From Kate McNair, young adult librarian, Johnson County Library:

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Up to Date
3:48 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Parents, Teens And Being LGBT

It's easier to be be openly gay in today's teen culture than it was just a few years ago.
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The experience of being  an openly gay, transgendered or bisexual teen has changed dramatically, just in the past few years. It's especially evident for those young adults who choose to come out to friends and family while they're in high school.

On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us with a few teen guests to talk about their experiences with the rapid change in attitudes.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Parents, Teens & Divorce

Divorce can be painful for everyone. Dr. Wes Crenshaw joins Steve Kraske to talk about what parents can do to make it less hurtful for teens.
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Divorce presents difficult situations for any family, but it can be especially disruptive to teenagers. Just how much it affects them depends on how parents shape the situation.

On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us with a few teen guests to talk about what it’s like to be caught in the middle, what parents can do to make the transition easier and what factors mark the difference between a clean break and a chaotic split.

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Parents, Teens & Sexual Development

Psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to discuss how sexual material teens find online affects their development.
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When it comes to pornography, the days of sneaking a peek at a Playboy at the drugstore have faded. The internet seems to have everything, and that’s especially true when you’re talking about porn.

On Monday's Up to Date, psychologist Wes Crenshaw joins us to discuss how the availability and increasing explicit nature of pornography is affect sexual development in teens. We discuss why the impact of pornography is different today and how parents can approach the topic with their teens.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Parents, Teens & High School Dating

Psychologist Wes Crenshaw talks with Steve Kraske about teen relationships.
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It’s almost back to school time, and that means worrying about getting the right school supplies, remembering a locker combination and, if you’re a teenager, figuring out how you fit in the dating scene.

On Tuesday's Up to Date, we talk with psychologist Wes Crenshaw and teen experts Kendra Schwartz and Josie Myers about how teens might find real love in high school, while swimming in a sea of hormones, hook-ups and angst.

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KC Currents
1:06 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Sexual Assault, Rape Culture And Missouri State Law

The Maryville rape case leaves us with a lot of questions – the main one being: why was the case dropped? And, perhaps more importantly, why do similar cases keep happening all over the country? 

For a better understanding of the issue, KC Currents' Susan Wilson talked with Dr. Kimberly Lonsway, Director of Research at End Violence Against Women International.

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On myths surrounding rape and sexual assault:

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Parents, Teens & Technology

Popularity is often more of a concern than privacy when teens use technology.
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That tweet that's so important to share now may not look so good later. The immediacy of social media appeals to teens, but in the quest for popularity, many don't think about privacy.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Parents, Teens & Socializing

Credit Ian Coulter

If your child’s not the type to wear his heart on his sleeve or she often stays quiet in a crowd, he or she might be an introvert. 

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Up to Date
11:47 am
Thu April 25, 2013

The Ethics Professors: College Sports, Parental Responsibility & Citizen Well-being

College basketball
Ben Stanfield

How much power is too much when it comes to the hallowed fields of college sports?

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Up to Date
10:31 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Looking To The Future For Inner-City Kids

Urban Rangers

You’ve heard of the Lone Ranger, but here in Kansas City, there’s a a different group of rangers that values teamwork and community service as a way to make brighter futures for at-risk inner-city youth

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Parents, Teens & College

UCLA dorm room
Alton

The four-year graduation rate for the class of freshmen that started at the University of Kansas in 2008 is 37.2 percent, and it hints that not all high school seniors are ready to go on to college.

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People
3:23 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

'My Life, My Town': Madelyne And Landon Brand

More than a quarter of Missouri's population lives in rural areas. The series "My Life, My Town" documents the lives of teenagers from small Missouri towns. These are the youth who make up the future of rural life -- IF they decide to stay.

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People
5:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

'My Life, My Town': Alaysha Jefferson

More than a quarter of Missouri's population lives in rural areas. The series "My Life, My Town" documents the lives of teenagers from small Missouri towns. These are the youth who make up the future of rural life -- IF they decide to stay.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Parents, Teens & Break-ups

Nevit Dilmen

Paul Simon might know 50 ways to leave your lover, but psychologist Wes Crenshaw has his own list.

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People
5:00 am
Tue March 12, 2013

'My Life, My Town': Monica Martinez

More than a quarter of Missouri's population lives in rural areas. The series "My Life, My Town" documents the lives of teenagers from small Missouri towns. These are the youth who make up the future of rural life -- IF they decide to stay.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Parents, Teens & Dating

Teen dating
Courtney Carmody

Love is in the air… and maybe striking some terror in the hearts of parents.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Teens And Date Rape

Christian Kadluba

Teens and young adults are in their peak years socially; out with friends and learning about love and sexuality. Often that includes an energetic, even raucous party scene.

But there’s a darker side that young people don’t often acknowledge or sometimes even recognize--sexual assault. It’s a situation no one wants to imagine can happen. But for many teens, date rape has become an unfortunate reality in their lives.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Parents, Teens, Sexuality & The Holidays

Plan B pill

No one ever said it was easy to raise a teenager, but what do you do when Plan B becomes Plan A?

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Up to Date
12:00 pm
Sun November 18, 2012

Parents, Teens & Eating Disorders: How To Handle A Problem

Glass of water on an empty plate
Jean Fortunet

A plump roast turkey, creamy mountains of mashed potatoes and thick wedges of pumpkin pie are what many people look forward to during the holiday season.

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Up to Date
12:39 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Teenage Sexuality: Casual Or Committed?

Teenage couple
National Archives and Records Administration

Radical monogamy or casual hookup— what do teenagers choose when they start dating?

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Up to Date
11:33 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Bye, Mom. Bye, Dad. The Kids Go To College

Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) send their daughter, Joni (Mia Wasikow) off to college in "The Kids Are All Right"

After 18 years of nurturing, many parents are taking their kids to college for the first time.

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