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Cutting, burning and self-harm is a cry for help
Friday Sep 26 2014
Dear Straight Talk: I read in Straight Talk about siblings afraid to tell on each other regarding serious issues — and you always say tell! Well, I wish my 13-year-ol ...
Young woman faces grim reality of childhood sexual abuse
Friday Sep 12 2014
Dear Straight Talk: A close friend is coming to terms with the fact that her alcoholic stepfather molested her when she was growing up. She never goes home because of him and is ...
Just say no to ‘Thigh Gap’
Friday Sep 05 2014
Dear Straight Talk: I’m happy to observe that today’s teens seem to see the ideal female form as more curvy and less pre-pubescent than in my youth. (Thank you, Beyonc& ...
‘Good kid, bad kid’— a wake-up call for parents
Friday Aug 29 2014
Dear Straight Talk: In regard to your recent column on heroin addiction, it’s my sister who is the drug addict. My parents spent most of our college fund for her rehabs and ...
Boy’s girlfriend is pregnant and pushing him away
Friday Aug 22 2014
Dear Straight Talk: My girlfriend since last Christmas just told me she is pregnant. She is 17 and I’m 18. She’s been on the pill since she was 16 but maybe forgot to ...
Male resourcefulness more important than ‘size’
Friday Aug 08 2014
Dear Straight Talk: I’m 20 and I hope you take this question seriously as a men’s-rights issue because nobody talks about it except through hurtful jokes. With no con ...
Keep mouth shut about friend’s loser boyfriend – unless!
Friday Jul 25 2014
Dear Straight Talk: I’m 18 and my best friend of 10 years is dating someone with a lot of mental health and drug abuse problems. Even after he said terrible things to her, ...
Dad feels rejected, wants place in daughter’s life
Friday Jul 18 2014
Dear Straight Talk: My 16-year-old daughter complains that I’m not “in her life” enough. I do work hard in a demanding career to support our family, but I buy h ...
Heroin use at epidemic levels
Friday Jul 11 2014
Dear Straight Talk: My friend is smoking heroin. I tell her to stop before she gets addicted, but she denies the problem. Her parents hate me and will accuse me of being th ...
Father gets the ‘straight talk’ about school shootings
Thursday Jul 03 2014
Dear Straight Talk: To combat school shootings, our school district is considering arming teachers who undergo extensive training. All this is making my daughter (age 17) even mo ...
Being youngest can make it tough to feel smart
Friday Jun 27 2014
Dear Straight Talk: I’m the youngest of five siblings with 20 years between my oldest sibling and myself. Because I am considerably younger, I sometimes feel like I don&rsq ...
How can you tell if a girl is interested or just flirting?
Friday Jun 20 2014
Dear Straight Talk, Recently, some girls wrote in asking how to tell whether guys liked them or just wanted to hook up. Well, my guy friends and I can’t tell whether a girl ...
The advantage of face-to-face education over online learning
Friday Mar 07 2014
Anyone with a brain in their head knows that learning in a classroom with a teacher will result in more comprehension and retention than learning alone in front of a glowing screen ...
Trying to stay straight at all-women’s college
Friday Feb 14 2014
Dear Straight Talk: I’m a freshman at a top all-girl’s college. I’m straight and broke up with my boyfriend to be here. There is tremendous pressure to fit in h ...
Girl faces pressure for not shaving, waxing
Friday Feb 07 2014
Dear Straight Talk: I’m 16 and unlike most girls I know, I prefer to be natural and don’t shave or wax. My friends accept this as my business, however, my stepsiste ...
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