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Parents, Teens, & Bullying

It's become all too common: kids bullying other kids.

Tuesday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes psychologist Wes Crenshaw, Ph.D. to discuss how parents can help their kids avoid bullying, distinguishing "mean kid" behavior from bullying, and how girls and boys differ in terms of bullying behavior.

We'll examine how bullying has changed over the years, our understanding of how bullying leads to violence, why schools want to blame parents for these problems and why parents are often upset with how schools approach and react to bullying.

How should teachers approach parents who have bullies or "mean kids" in their home? Join our conversation. Email us at uptodate@kcur.org. 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) 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.


Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC. You can email him at <a href="mailto:Stephen.Steigman@classicalkc.org">Stephen.Steigman@classicalkc.org</a>.
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9, my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. Reach me at steve@kcur.org or on Twitter @stevekraske.