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Straight Talk: Daughter feels left out by dad

Dear Straight Talk: I’m a 15-year-old girl with a twin brother. I love my father very much but he has little interest in doing things with me. Every weekend he takes my broth ...

Straight Talk: Girl just wants to feel safe

Dear Straight Talk: The abduction and rape of Jaycee Dugard has me terrified when I drive home late after work. How I can feel safe? Even during broad daylight, how do you tell a r ...

Youth express their hopes, dreams for the coming year

Dear Readers: I’m thrilled to present this year’s youthful hopes and dreams for 2009. The concept “as within, so without” is grasped clearly by this generation. Tolerance ...

Straight Talk: Girls’ talk of boys not new

Dear Straight Talk: My 15-year-old daughter is a sophomore at a large coed Christian high school. Recently, I transported 12 girls to their junior varsity volleyball game. Then, I ...

Straight Talk: Panel weighs in on gay marriage

Dear Straight Talk: I enjoy the window into the minds of youth that your column provides and I’d like to ask them a question. Gay marriage became legal in June in California, but ...

Straight Talk: Mom wants to know what really happens at co-ed sleepovers

Dear Straight Talk: A friend lets her teenage daughter stay overnight at a household where many teenagers regularly stay the night together, co-ed. Sometimes the parent of that hou ...

Straight Talk: Mother finds ‘Kissed’ song shocking

Dear Straight Talk: I was back-to-school shopping with my daughter when I first heard Katy Perry’s song, “I Kissed a Girl.” I was totally shocked to hear the words hooked to ...

Straight Talk: Abstinence-only not best way to prevent teen cell use

Dear Straight Talk: I was shocked at your advice to “Jason’s mom” (June 18) whose 17-year-old son informed her he was going to text and drive after the California cell phone ...

Straight Talk: Panelists ponder teenage pregnancy

Dear Straight Talk: I know of four different teenage girls right now who are in various stages of obvious pregnancy. None are married and all plan to give birth to the child. D ...

Straight Talk: Teens share religious views

Dear Straight Talk: I read the recent Pew survey results on religious views and was surprised that 92 percent of American adults believe in God. I’m wondering if the same is true ...