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A Holiday Letter to Parents

Dear Readers: Parenting is probably the only job that is guaranteed to be legendary. When your children have grown and when they gather with siblings or talk from the heart with…

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Cutting the apron strings perfectly appropriate

Dear Straight Talk: My mother is 53 and I am 21. She and my father divorced when I was 14 and I am her only child. Mother never dated much after the divorce and she drinks more and more each year…

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Men & women hold hands for many reasons

Dear Straight Talk: Please help me because I don’t know who to talk about this. I was visiting my cousins in L.A. and we went to a restaurant and I saw my best friend’s dad there holding…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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