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Straight Talk: Panelists send 'care package' to empty-nest mom

Dear Straight Talk: My husband and I raised a wonderful son who has recently left for college. I had no idea how bowled over by the “empty nest” syndrome I would be. After ...

Straight Talk: Are Adderall and Ritalin the steroids of studying?

Dear Straight Talk: I’m concerned for friends who buy Adderall and Ritalin at school in order to stay up late studying. One of my friends is on antidepressants and I worry abou ...

Straight Talk: When do parents have the green light to snoop?

Dear Straight Talk: We have two wonderful teenage daughters who give us few problems. However, their e-mail and cell phone accounts are in our names and, without their knowledge, ...

Straight Talk: Boy bounced school-to-school, feeling suicidal

Dear Straight Talk: I just picked up my 16-year-old son from a street corner after he was incommunicado for a week. He’s very mixed up, and I need help. Right before freshman y ...

Straight Talk: Former heroin addict speaks

Dear Straight Talk: I am writing to “Desperate in Salinas” (Straight Talk, July 19), the girl who was hiding her heroin-addicted boyfriend in her parent’s basement. I, too, w ...

Straight Talk: Avoid being a flake by breaking up properly

Dear Straight Talk: I’ve been going out with my boyfriend since last September. But recently I’ve met someone at work who I like better and we have been flirting. The problem ...

Straight Talk: Girl piles on pounds

Dear Straight Talk: I’m concerned about my 14-year-old daughter. She is rapidly gaining weight and is now 130 lbs at only 5’1”. She eats obsessively, sometimes hiding food ...

Straight Talk: Panel offers tips for earning money when you’re under 16

Dear Straight Talk: I need to raise $300 for driver training in August so I can get my learner’s permit. I don’t like little kids so baby-sitting is out of the question. Mowi ...

Straight Talk: Web makes porn seem teen norm

Dear Straight Talk: My friend, “Sheryl,” caught her son viewing porn on his computer with some other boys. When she got upset, he told her that everybody watches it and to ch ...

Straight Talk: Babysitter’s developing cleavage invites trouble with parent

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 15 and what you call “well-endowed.” I have been babysitting for a family down the street since I was 13. The parents divorced shortly after I starte ...

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: 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 ...

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: 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 ...