Lauren Forcella

After 12 years, Straight Talk Advice saying goodbye in late November

Dear Readers: Where to begin? I have so many thoughts to impart— in only 630 words. Such is the life of a columnist. I guess I’ll start at the beginning.   ...

Shootings create fear of school

Dear Straight Talk: This sounds weird, but after the shootings in Oregon and with school shootings regular news, I’m afraid of school. I’m a good student but my obses ...

Health and real-life accomplishments usurped by video games

Dear Straight Talk: I was excited to have my 14-year-old brother in high school with me, but he’s completely changed. Our single dad bought a computer and game console for ...

No one untouched by suicide epidemic

Dear Straight Talk: I’m not over the death of my friend’s suicide last spring. I did not see the signs. He didn’t seem to have any more problems than the rest o ...

Demand for 'curing' gay teen riles family

Dear Straight Talk: My daughter, 17, is openly gay. My husband and I and her siblings have no problem accepting this and our Christian church accepts everyone. The problem is w ...

Teen pressured to get ‘junk’ jewelry to fit in

Dear Straight Talk: My sister, 16, is under intense peer pressure to pierce her breasts and pudendum. The leader of her group ostracizes girls who won’t go along. I’m ...

Breast implants a lose-lose for insecure girls

Dear Straight Talk: My 16-year-old daughter has gone through puberty but remains almost completely flat-chested. She gets made fun of and has never dated, believing this to be th ...

Bruises, avoidance of home, signs of domestic abuse

Dear Straight Talk: I share a room with my 13-year-old stepsister on visitations. A friend her age is always there. My stepsister says she’s actually tired of it but the gi ...

Gay teen fearful about coming out

Dear Straight Talk: I like your “Am I Gay or Straight?” test (Jun 2). I’m gay and there has never been any confusion; I’ve liked boys starting before pube ...

Why is male swag so irresistible?

Dear Straight Talk: I’ve been dating this boy for a year and five months and we are in a happy relationship. I love him very much and wouldn’t think of breaking up. B ...

Sibling cruelty makes kids disdain helping each other

Dear Straight Talk: I hear repeatedly in Straight Talk about telling on siblings in danger, but I don’t see why I should when it would only make trouble for me. My stepsist ...

Dispelling the myth of sheltered, friendless homeschoolers

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 16 and tired of the stereotyping I face as a homeschooler. Never mind that homeschoolers have hobbies, friends, engage in clubs and sports at our lo ...

Mom finds son’s porn stash

Dear Straight Talk: My 16-year-old son has been “different” lately and my motherly instincts told me something was wrong. I was scared to death it was drugs and searc ...

Boy seems to be huffing but won’t admit it

Dear Straight Talk: My little brother is 15. Whenever he enters the room or gets in the car, I smell a strong odor of nail polish, polish remover or paint thinner. My mom and I h ...

Stepmother seeks help for deep-freeze hostility

Dear Straight Talk: My stepchildren (16 and 17) are incredibly cold to me even though I had nothing to do with their parent’s divorce. I met their father a year later and e ...