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August, 2004

Body piercings, tattoos, what’s a mother to do?

Dear Straight Talk: My 15 year-old daughter “Alexis” is fighting me tooth and nail to get a tattoo on her lower back and pierce the side of her nose. I think tattoos and piercings look…

Girlfriend’s tiffs must go

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 17 and my girlfriend, “Julie,” is driving me crazy. She keeps thinking I don’t like her. No matter what I do, she acts like I’m doing it as…

July, 2004

Mom suspects daughter needs birth control

Dear Straight Talk: My daughter is 16 and has had the same boyfriend for two years. They are both good kids and real responsible. I happen to be a realistic parent and considering how in love they…

Drugs give their own personality to users

Dear Straight Talk: A few of my friends are very heavily into smoking pot and it’s getting worse. No matter how much I talk to them and warn them of all the harm they’re creating they…

Boy learns truth about his adoption

Dear Straight Talk: I’m a 13-year-old boy and I live with my dad. My stepmother died last year of cancer. When she was dying she told me that I was adopted, that my dad had adopted me with…

Teacher getting too much “information” from students

Dear Straight Talk: I am a high school teacher. I recently graduated from college and just finished my first year of teaching. In addition to being young, I look young for my age and it seems the…

Why are we all so fat?

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 15 and my grandmother, who is 62, went with my family for a day at the river. She couldn’t stop talking about all the teenagers she saw in there bathing suits.…

High school graduate nervous about his first date

Dear Straight Talk: I just graduated from high school and have never been on a date. How do I go about asking a girl out? I’m so afraid that she will say no. And if she does say yes, what…

June, 2004

Spare kids “he said-she said” divorce routine

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 16 and my parents are going through a divorce. I thought I had parents who would never get divorced. They got along so well that I didn’t see it coming. They…

Step-sister needs to focus on strengths

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 15 and my step dad’s real daughter, “Nicole,” who is also 15 and lives some distance away, is spending the summer with us. She’s pretty and…

Question: To home-school or not to home-school?

Dear Straight Talk: I’m finishing my freshman year in high school, and although I’m getting a 3.6 GPA I don’t enjoy school very much. There are fun times…

When a friend mentions suicide, tell someone

Dear Straight Talk: A friend of mine is in a lot of trouble and has mentioned suicide as a way out. I know it happens, but he doesn’t seem like the type and I don’t know whether to…

Self-knowledge key to finding perfect mate

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 22 years old and have dated since I was 17. I can’t seem to find anyone I feel compatible with in the long term. Sometimes there’s great chemistry but…

May, 2004

Call 911 if threatened by violence

Dear Straight Talk: I’m a 13-year-old boy and I live with my mother and her boyfriend. My father is out of the picture. My mom’s boyfriend regularly comes home drunk or loaded and threatens…

Treat gay friend with compassion

Dear Straight Talk: A friend recently told me that he’s gay and now I don’t know how to relate to him. He’s always been shy and not real sure of himself. He said I was the first…

Don’t pretend friend’s pot use “okay”

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 16 and my friend, also 16, smokes pot. I don’t know what to do about it. She’s been my best friend since third grade. Do I tell her parents and then lose…

April, 2004

Become ally to son who is almost a man

Dear Straight Talk: I’m afraid my son, who is 17, is hanging out with the wrong crowd and may be getting into trouble. I won’t let him hang out with them, and he hates me for it. I’m…

Gain Mom’s trust by introducing your friends

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 15 and having trouble with my mom. I’ve been pretty shy up until recently and now I’m starting to make a lot of friends and they want me to do things with…

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