Lauren Forcella

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 ...

Millennials share up-close and personal challenges for 2015

Dear Readers: We continue with Millennial-generation challenges for 2015. While considering these challenges, the last entry by Icis reminds us to not stereotype individuals. Note: ...

It's party time: Be safe, be sane, and don’t trust Molly

Dear Straight Talk: My roommate got totally wasted at a dorm party on what she was told was Molly. Somebody brought her back to our room and literally dumped her on me. She fell ...

Wishes for the world 2014

Dear Readers: From tiny acorns grow mighty oaks. The dreams of the young are the seeds of the future. It’s my honor to present these youthful voices, each one striving to m ...

The pesky holiday problem of drunken parents

Dear Straight Talk: My sister and I dread, rather than enjoy, family gatherings. Political and religious arguments ruin them, especially when the adults have too much to drink, a ...