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My BFF started dating my secret crush, how do I deal?
Friday Feb 06 2015
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?
Friday Jan 30 2015
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
Friday Jan 23 2015
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
Friday Jan 16 2015
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
Tuesday Jan 13 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
Friday Dec 26 2014
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
Friday Dec 19 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
Friday Dec 05 2014
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 ...
Yikes, I’m spending Christmas with my boyfriend – and his teenagers
Friday Nov 28 2014
Dear Straight Talk: I’m going to my boyfriend’s house for the special day of Christmas. His boy, 15, and girl, 13, will be there. We’ve been together nine mon ...
Young people sound off on their top gifts
Friday Nov 21 2014
Dear Straight Talk: I enjoy hitting the mark with holiday gifts. I have three teenage grandchildren and two in their 20s. Please advise as to top gifts. Also, do kids read books ...
Family gatherings an opportunity for inter-gen bonding and support
Friday Nov 14 2014
Dear Straight Talk: I’m hosting several sets of parents, grandparents, teenagers and college students for Thanksgiving. The young people tend to divide off, many staring in ...
Panelist shares about healing from child sexual abuse
Friday Nov 07 2014
Dear Readers: Child sexual abuse affects one-in-three girls and one-in-seven boys nationally. In 97 percent of the cases, the abuser is a family member or friend. On Sept. 9, we re ...
Thank you for not smoking
Thursday Oct 30 2014
Dear Straight Talk: Trying to quit smoking? Forget it! The trick is not starting. Leroy and Dee were heavy smokers who knew this. They told their sons at a young age that they pu ...
Anatomy of the high school party scene
Friday Oct 24 2014
Dear Straight Talk: My daughter, 17, and her friends are getting ready for the big Halloween party, swapping clothes and creating costumes. My problem isn’t the costumes be ...
Depressed male took risks, ended up in jail
Monday Oct 20 2014
Dear Straight Talk: I got engaged at 22 and we have three beautiful children. I fell down the wrong path and my fiancé said she would always be there for me. But when I re ...
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