Straight Talk Advice

Advice to thrive by — for both parents and youth

Dear Readers: When I started Straight Talk in 2004, wearing sunscreen and avoiding beauty magazines was the famous advice. Only half of U.S. homes had Internet, mostly dialup, “social media” was a head-scratcher,…

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Parting thoughts and advice from Straight-Talkin’ panel

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,…

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Adolescents using online dating sites in increasing numbers

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…

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Camel toe “epidemic” invites rampant objectification

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…

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After 12 years, Straight Talk Advice saying goodbye in late Nov

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...

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Victims of anxiety top the list due to school shootings

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…

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Botox parties for young women put frown lines on Mom

Dear Straight Talk: My daughter, 21, who is away at college, says she’s been invited to a Botox party hosted by her best friend, whose mom “looks amazing”. Apparently, someone from her mom’s plastic surgery…

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Health and real-life accomplishments usurped by video games

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…

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Gynecomastia surgery worth it to escape cruelty over “moobs”

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”…

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Tripled suicide rate begs healthier childrearing, kinder society

Dear Readers: Last week we shared warning signs, risk factors and preventatives of suicide. I hope today’s true stories of this “silent” epidemic — whose rate has tripled since 1965 — inspire…

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