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Parents, Teens & Tension

Dec 22, 2011

So your kid went off to college, experienced freedom, set his own schedule, abided by his own rules, and now he’s home for winter break…for a few weeks.

Yeah, there’s gonna be some tension.  We've seen it play out in movies and TV shows that poke fun at family dysfunction around the holidays.

Thursday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with Lawrence psychologist Wes Crenshaw about the friction between teens, college students, and parents during vacations. Crenshaw explains how the holidays are perceived differently by teens and young adults than their parents and other relatives, how much families should expect to see teens during the holidays and how much teens should "give in" to parental demands for time at home.

How much latitude do you give your kids when they're home for the break?  Give us a call at 816 235 2888 or email us at You can also post comments on KCUR's Facebook page or Tweet us at @KCURUpToDate.


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.