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Gay-straight sleepover: Part 2

DEAR READERS: Last week I aired reader responses to the column of NOV 4, 2009, where I sided with the mother who stopped allowing her daughter to sleepover with her long-term friend who…


Gay-straight sleepover debate gets no rest

DEAR READERS: We recently did a column (NOV 4, 2009) on a topic I get a lot of mail about. Two girls were close friends enjoying the usual sleepovers since elementary school, until, at…


Start high school, lose best friends?

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I’m a freshman and high school has split my best friends apart. One became a cheerleader, another went alternative/emo, another is too immature to handle. I’m…


Co-ed sleepovers: What’s really going on?

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: A friend lets her teenage daughter stay overnight at a household where many teenagers regularly stay the night together, co-ed. Sometimes the parent of that…

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Four years too long to suffer from jilted friendship

Dear Straight Talk: I am bugged about your advice on how to end a friendship. Your “let things drift” approach,…


To ease out of friendship, let ‘er drift

Dear Straight Talk: I have a friend who I’d rather not be friends with anymore. It’s not that anything happened, I just don’t care to hang around her anymore. But how do I get…


Teens give lonely girl ideas on making friends

Dear Straight Talk: I’m 15, a sophomore, and I don’t have a lot of friends, I guess because I’m too shy. I’ve lived here about a year now and have a couple of friends from…


Hygiene freak doesn’t want to loan hairbrush

Dear Straight Talk: It seems like a lot of my friends in high school always want to use my hairbrush. I don’t really like lending it out but I don’t want to be rude so I always let…


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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