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 ...