Straight Talk for Teens

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 ...

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 ...