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Last Call: Lauren serves up final advice

Dear Readers: When I started Straight Talk in 2004, wearing sunscreen and avoiding beauty magazines was the famous advice. Only…

Panel lays it on the line one more time

Dear Readers: Your questions and the panelists’ fresh responses never stopped astonishing me. Ditto for the incredible, honest and constructive posts from our many readers, young and old. (If you've never visited www.straighttalkadvice.org,…

Online strangers troll for vulnerable teens

Dear Straight Talk: I have a bad feeling about this guy my friend is talking to online. He says he’s 19, but who knows? They’ve been Skyping and plan to meet over Christmas break (he lives several hours away). My friend isn't…

Daughter’s camel toe stomping on Dad’s nerves

Dear Straight Talk: I hope you can help. I’m a single dad; my wife left us years ago. My daughter recently lost weight and is feeling good about herself. All summer she was wearing denim shorts like all the girls wear now. I was uncomfortable…

Straight Talk Advice ending in four weeks

DEAR READERS: Where to begin? I have so many thoughts to impart — in only 630 words. Such is the life of a columnist. I guess I’ll start at the beginning...

School shootings create fear of school

Dear Straight Talk: This sounds weird, but after the shootings in Oregon and with school shootings regular news, I’m afraid of school. I’m a good student but my obsessive thoughts and fears that someone will snap won’t…

“Ex Machina” side effect another wrinkle in Botox use

Dear Straight Talk: My daughter, 21, who is away at college, says she’s been invited to a Botox party hosted by…

Video game addiction zaps formerly-fun kid

Dear Straight Talk: I was excited to have my 14-year-old brother in high school with me, but he’s completely changed. Our single dad bought a computer and game console for our study and refuses to set rules on it. My brother has become…

Teen with “man boobs” top bully target

Dear Straight Talk: Your recent column about girls worried about being flat-chested compares nothing to the troubles for guys who are not. Guys with man boobs are among the most persecuted in high school. I was a chubby kid and my “moobs”…

Panel shares indelible effects of suicide

Dear Readers: Last week we shared warning signs, risk factors and preventatives of suicide. I hope today’s…

No one untouched by suicide epidemic

Dear Straight Talk: I’m not over the death of my friend’s suicide last spring. I did not see the signs. He didn’t seem to have any more problems than the rest of us. How could we all be so clueless? It seems like nobody…

“Love your enemies” a message for our times

Dear Straight Talk: Thank you, panelists, for addressing my question (AUG 11) regarding development of your…

Demand for “curing” gay teen riles family

Dear Straight Talk: My daughter, 17, is openly gay. My husband and I and her siblings have no problem accepting this and our Christian church accepts everyone. The problem is with my mother-in-law. Her church believes homosexuality is a…

Teen pressured to get “junk” jewelry to fit in

Dear Straight Talk: My sister, 16, is under intense peer pressure to pierce her breasts and pudendum. The leader of her group ostracizes girls who won’t go along. I’m okay with waxing, but I would never pierce and bejewel my…

Breast implants a lose-lose for insecure girls

Dear Straight Talk: My 16-year-old daughter has gone through puberty but remains almost completely flat-chested. She gets made fun of and has never dated, believing this to be the reason. (However, her equally flat-chested friend dates,…