advice

Reader Input: Columnists merely shills

I was very glad to see Darrin Silver’s letter today about how Annie’s advice is off-the-mark (Reader Input, Dec. 1). I agree completely and actually think it’s wo ...

Their "Mailbox" dispenses dreck

To Annie?s Mailbox ? Dear whoever you really are: I just had to respond to the advice given in your column saying that someone needs to see a psychiatrist and now to a person who w ...

Straight Talk TNT: Mom worried about pressure-cooker high schools

Dear Straight Talk: Sometimes I think our schools have gone crazy. We expect our kids to get a 4.6 GPA, letter in sports, run student government, play in the orchestra, and after ...

Straight Talk TNT: Take caution with what you post

Dear Straight Talk: When are kids going to learn that anything posted on the Internet is potentially exposed to the world? As a hiring manager, I am floored by the number of applic ...

Straight Talk TNT: Former cutter now worried about his scars

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 18, heading to college, happy to leave high school behind and become my own person. The trouble is I have scars on my arms from cutting when I was younge ...

Straight Talk TNT: Mom seeks realistic tips for college-bound daughter

Dear Straight Talk: My daughter starts college next week and I’m wondering what real-life advice the panel and you have for her. I am concerned about hookups, binge-drinking and ...

Straight Talk TNT: Boy trying to handle murderous thoughts toward bully

Dear Straight Talk: I moved here as a freshman. I’m heading into junior year and never made it into the popular crowd. In fact, I’m completely shunned because last year, a comp ...

Straight Talk TNT: Harry Potter — a hero in a hero-less world

Dear Straight Talk: Harry Potter was such a sensation for so many young people who grew up on the books and then the movies. I would love to hear what Harry Potter meant to them, a ...

Straight Talk TNT: Take care of skin

Dear Straight Talk: I’m glad I don’t have worse concerns than this, but my daughter is going to Mexico with another family and I’m worried she will cook herself on the beach ...

Straight Talk: Questioning whether to kiss or not at date’s end

Dear Straight Talk: I am a 24-year-old man relatively new to dating. It has been my assumption that kissing a woman on a first date is considered “too forward,” but after read ...

Straight Talk TNT: The sickest bullies are those who pretend to be friends

Dear Straight Talk: Someone I once considered a good friend has been saying absolutely horrible things behind my back. I overheard her, so I know it’s true. This person is very ...

Straight Talk: Strip poker sheds clothes and shreds friends

Dear Straight Talk: Last weekend at a birthday slumber party, one of the pushier girls suggested we turn our regular poker game into strip poker. Well, I was the only one who chos ...

Straight Talk TNT: Teen’s love is tested

Dear Straight Talk: Please help. I am 17. My girlfriend, “Tina,” is 15. Her mom is really strict and thinks I just want to take advantage of Tina (which I don’t). Last night ...

Straight Talk TNT: Dad trying to understand today’s dating scene

Dear Straight Talk: My stepdaughter is 17, intelligent, popular and attractive. She attended prom last month with a lot of friends, which is how she always goes out. I’m not awa ...

Straight Talk TNT: Mom's harassment humiliates her overweight daughters

Dear Straight Talk: My sister and I are overweight. Every Saturday, our mom makes us strip naked and weighs us. We find it humiliating and embarrassing to stand there naked and be ...