Straight Talk for Teens

Boss’s yelling has boy dreading work every day

Dear Straight Talk, I hate my job. I’m a 16-year-old guy and my parents think I should be working this summer. I agree and managed to land a decent restaurant job. However, ...

Older sister needs to keep thoughts in check

Dear Straight Talk, I’m 17 with a 12-year-old brother who I love very much. I’ve always been a good big sister to him and he comes to me for consolation and advice. W ...

Straight Talk for Teens: ‘Study drugs’ like Adderall not a road to excellence

  Dear Straight Talk, My very stressed-out son admitted using Adderall as a “study drug.” He says he needs it to be competitive. He buys it at high school ...

Straight Talk by Lauren Forcella

  Dear Straight Talk: I am in a long-distance relationship and see my boyfriend every couple  of weeks if I’m lucky. February break is coming up and I want to stay ...

Straight Talk with Lauren Forcella

Dear Straight Talk: I am writing about my friend. She has a problem with shoplifting, maybe even an addiction. I would like to help her stop before she gets caught because she is o ...

Straight Talk for Teens by Lauren Forcella

Dear Readers: Each new year I ask the panelists: What bugs you most about the world? How would you make the world better? Last week’s “better world” column covere ...

Straight Talk with Lauren Forcella

Dear Readers: What bugs you most about the world? How would you make the world better? Every winter, I pose these questions to the panel. This year, technology took a bruising. Rea ...

Straight Talk for Teens by Lauren Forcella

Dear Straight Talk: I attend high school parties but don’t usually drink or use drugs. Recently a girl chugged vodka. Everyone except me was drinking so nobody thought much o ...

Straight Talk: Dad’s inappropriate touching embitters daughter

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 17 and lucky to have an involved dad who believes in his kids. But he finds a way to pat my bottom or touch me closer to my chest than I am comfortable wi ...

Straight Talk: Teen shopping guide, straight from the source

Dear Readers: It’s time again for Straight Talk’s shopping list – direct from the source. I’m always hoping Santa will “think outside the box” (literally) and scratch v ...

Straight Talk: Alcoholic stepdad abusive

Dear Straight Talk: I’m a 16-year-old girl and my brother is 13. Our alcoholic stepfather gets drunk every night and becomes verbally abusive toward all of us, especially my br ...

Straight Talk: Heroin a deadly addiction

Dear Straight Talk: I’ve been hiding my boyfriend in my basement bedroom because his parents kicked him out. What nobody knows is that he is addicted to heroin. We both began smo ...

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: Why doesn’t my daughter talk to me?

Dear Straight Talk: In your Web site archives you have many columns on teens becoming sexually active. My question, as a mother, is how do I get my daughter to talk to me about t ...