Lauren Forcella

Straight Talk: Poor health the biggest teen issue

Dear Straight Talk: I read your column on gray hair in teens (Apr. 5) and have personally observed the non-stop competitiveness of school, sports, and “always-on” electronics. ...

Straight Talk: Face-to-face beats Facebook for love

Dear Straight Talk: This girl at my school added me as a friend on Facebook and we started talking online and texting and passed a lot of personal information back and forth. The ...

Straight Talk: Friend abusing the pill

Dear Straight Talk: A friend of mine is doing something dumb. She always forgets to take her birth control pills so if she has sex she just swallows a whole packet at once. She sa ...

Straight Talk: Divorce upsets everyone

Dear Straight Talk: I hope you can help me. My parents are in the middle of a divorce and are fighting over us kids. Every little thing, like soccer practice, or one of them having ...

Straight Talk: Panel paints pot-use portrait

Dear Straight Talk: I read that you support marijuana legalization (March 25) and was surprised that someone as educated as you is not aware of the dangers of this drug. I have nev ...

Pregnancy, STDs: How savvy are today’s girls?

Dear Straight Talk: My granddaughter “Tamara” is 16 and I suspect she is sexually active. Her mother travels for weeks at a time with her work and she and Tamara do not appear ...

Straight Talk: Prom: To ask or not to ask?

Dear Straight Talk: There’s this guy from another school that I want to ask to prom. Some of my girlfriends say it’s OK for the girl to ask, others say to always wait for the ...

Straight Talk: Will teens smoke more if pot’s legal?

Dear Straight Talk: I’m writing about marijuana legalization, which is being discussed in California. As California’s largest cash crop, I understand the appeal to solve the st ...

Straight Talk: Mixed martial arts helps boys grow up

Dear Straight Talk: After reading the column about the 15-year-old boy who wants to be a WWE fighter (Feb. 11), I’d like to comment on the barbaric craze called “mixed martial ...

Straight Talk: Raunch culture has nothing to do with out-of-wedlock pregnancies

Dear Straight Talk: Lauren’s response to Lori, the 20-year-old woman worried about raising her child in our “raunchy” culture (Feb. 18), was correct in that we need to shelte ...

All eyes on texting

Kids’ thumbs can’t keep still these days. Whether at school, hanging out with friends or sitting at the dinner table, it’s highly likely the teens you know go through day-t ...

Straight Talk: How to maintain friendships once you hit high school

Dear Straight Talk: I’m a freshman and high school has split my best friends apart. One became a cheerleader, another went alternative/emo, another is too immature to handle. I ...

Straight Talk: Young mom worries about raising kids in today’s world

Dear Straight Talk: I am 20, engaged to be married, and pregnant with our first child. The problem is I’m worried about raising children in today’s “raunch” culture. My fia ...

Straight Talk: 15-year-old son fixated on achieving WWE body

Dear Straight Talk: My son idolizes the wrestlers of World Wrestling Entertainment and is fixated with attaining a similar body for himself. He pushes himself at the school gym twi ...

Straight Talk: How can nice guy have chance against bad boys

Dear Straight Talk: Why do girls always fall for bad boys? I’m a nice guy, decent looking, and lots of girls are my friends. They hang out with me between recurring episodes of b ...