Straight Talk for Teens

Straight Talk: Divorce upsets everyone

Dear Straight Talk: I hope you can help me. My parents are in the middle of a divorce and are fighting over us kids. Every little thing, like soccer practice, or one of them having ...

Pregnancy, STDs: How savvy are today’s girls?

Dear Straight Talk: My granddaughter “Tamara” is 16 and I suspect she is sexually active. Her mother travels for weeks at a time with her work and she and Tamara do not appear ...

Straight Talk: Mixed martial arts helps boys grow up

Dear Straight Talk: After reading the column about the 15-year-old boy who wants to be a WWE fighter (Feb. 11), I’d like to comment on the barbaric craze called “mixed martial ...

Straight Talk: Raunch culture has nothing to do with out-of-wedlock pregnancies

Dear Straight Talk: Lauren’s response to Lori, the 20-year-old woman worried about raising her child in our “raunchy” culture (Feb. 18), was correct in that we need to shelte ...

Straight Talk: Heroin involved in drama

Dear Straight Talk: I was best friends with “Abby” until she got new friends and started drinking and taking drugs. It scared me because my dad was a heroin addict and I don ...

Straight Talk: Without youth doing their part, we’re left with nothing

Dear Straight Talk: Sure, this election brought youth out to vote, but there is still huge apathy among the young. Most high school and college-age youth are focused on their nex ...

Straight Talk: Catfights the new rage on campus

Dear Straight Talk: This girl at my high school is in love with my boyfriend and wants to fight me for him. Whenever she sees me she screams at me and threatens me. However, if her ...

The Amethyst Initiative: Should the drinking age be lowered?

Dear Straight Talk: I am the daughter and granddaughter of alcoholics. As a recovering alcoholic, I haven’t had a drink in 21 years. So far, two of my children have the disease o ...

Straight Talk: Why can’t athletes play more than one sport?

Dear Straight Talk: I’m in 10th grade. I grew up playing soccer and my parents are upset about it, but I quit because I’m tired of it. What I really want is to play basketball. ...

Straight Talk: Mom, pop’s rock still rolls

Dear Straight Talk: I grew up in London and attended the London School of Economics with Mick Jagger. For a college project, I managed one the Rolling Stone’s first gigs in Surre ...

Straight Talk: Guys feel like they can’t win with girls

Dear Straight Talk: We’re 16 and we have a complaint. Since the age of chivalry there were rules and rituals around romance, but now girls are flirtatious all the time — even w ...

Straight Talk: Helping at-risk friends choose life

Dear Straight Talk: After reading the column about how to help prevent suicide (July 16), I want to say that, over the years, I have attracted friends who were cutting, depressed, ...

Straight Talk: Take care when taking friendship to next level

Dear Straight Talk: I am a sophomore in high school and am really good friends with this boy I’ll call “Nick.” We hang in the same crowd and do all kinds of things together ...

Straight Talk: Never ignore suicide signs

Dear Straight Talk: I’m worried that my friend, “Greer,” who is 17, might be suicidal. He is acting strange lately, but I don’t want to make a big deal out of nothing and g ...
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