Lauren Forcella

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 ...

Prom season can mean dancing with wolves

Dear Straight Talk: The time for tuxedos and puffy dresses is here. The trouble is my parents won’t let me attend prom without a date. Last year, to accommodate them, I ask ...

Is there a unique sign or feeling for true love?

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 18, a high school graduate and my boyfriend is 20. I want to commit to the man I love. My mother thinks it’s a bad idea. She says don’t ...

Mom hates new Stepmom, wants kids to hate her too

Dear Straight Talk, Our mom can’t get over our dad leaving her for someone else and expects us to hate our dad’s live-in girlfriend. She constantly badmouths them, gr ...

Mom worried about her teens’ secretive behavior

Dear Straight Talk: There is something going on that my daughters don’t want me to know about. They’ve started locking their room and I hear them talking in hushed to ...

Schools need ‘immunization’ from bully-induced trauma and rage

Dear Straight Talk, I’m sick of the cruel stereotyping these days. It’s especially bad for openly gay teens. My girlfriend and I are assumed to have sex constantly, w ...

My BFF started dating my secret crush, how do I deal?

Dear Straight Talk: I liked this guy for about two months. The very day I had the courage to tell him, my best friend announced they’d been secretly dating and were making ...

Should teens be allowed to lock their bedroom door?

Dear Straight Talk: My sister and I want a lock for our bedroom door. We have a new stepfather and we feel uncomfortable not being able lock our door when we’re undressed. He ...

Unhealthy weight-loss behaviors epidemic among youth

Dear Straight Talk: My 14-year-old daughter is being treated for anorexia and bulimia. Her clothes covered it well. I am writing about the media frenzy around being thin, which g ...

Navigating social politics of police tactics debate

Dear Straight Talk: My friend, 17, is very cold with me now that he’s involved in the protests against police brutality. My dad and uncle are both police officers. While I fe ...