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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 ...

Straight Talk: Teens consider smoking dope

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 14 and friends of mine (I’ll call them Janine and Claire), go to Mexico a lot with Janine’s family where they hook up with older people and get drunk. ...

Straight Talk: Texting while driving unsafe

Dear Straight Talk: My son is 17. Starting July 1, he will be banned from using a cell phone while driving until he is 18. Today he informed me that he won’t talk on his cell a ...

Straight Talk: Old panelists reflect, give advice to grads

Dear Straight Talk: I’m a regular reader and am impressed with your panelists. I would like to ask the older ones what advice, looking back, they would give to a high school grad ...

Straight Talk: Sports bikes popular, but deadly, for young riders

Dear Readers: As some of you know, I lost my beautiful son, Jarrad, in a motorcycle accident last August. We all lost him. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. It also marks t ...

When and how do you pop the STD question?

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 16 and I have a question. How do you ask a potential partner how many partners she’s had and whether she has a sexually transmitted disease? I am go ...