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Teen suffers post holiday blues

Dear Straight Talk: It's the day after Christmas and I'm so depressed. We do this whole thing at my grandparents where my relatives buy all this stuff and we spend the day pretending we are so thrilled with what we opened. I just…

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Thank-you letters good for Auntie, good for kids

Dear Straight Talk: Each year I give my niece and nephew an expensive gift of something they want or need, often including money. If I'm there, they say thank you but I've never once received a thank-you letter. I know young people…

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Holiday shopping guide: The “straight talk” on what young people want & need

Dear Readers: It's time again for our direct-from-the-source teen & twenty shopping list! As usual, please resist buying stupid stuff just because other kids have it. Definition of stupid stuff: video games, "smart" phones,…

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Gift giving in blended family not that complicated

Dear Straight Talk: My friend thinks she doesn't need to get her stepdaughter much for Christmas. She says "Emily" will get gifts from her own mom, and her kids won't get anything from their dad, so buying less for Emily only balances…

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Let’s keep up the straight talk

Dear Readers: Since 2004 Straight Talk has been bringing you the "straight talk". We are a small, independent nonprofit writing some of the straight-talkin'est youth news found anywhere. It's ironic that we live in a world overloaded…

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Holiday shopping list for teens ‘n twenties

Dear Readers: Here it is again, folks, the "teen-n-twenty" shopping list that's direct from the source. I probably sound like a broken record, but I continue my progressive advice to "think outside the box" (or in this case the flat…

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Generous Aunt gets no thanks

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: Each year I give my niece and nephew an expensive gift of something they want or need. I often include money. If I'm there for the holidays, they say thank you but I have never once received a thank-you letter.…

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Teens ‘n Twenties shopping guide

DEAR READERS: It’s time again for Straight Talk’s shopping list — direct from the source. I’m always hoping Santa will “think outside the box” (literally) and scratch video games,…

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Holiday wish list for teens and 20-somethings

DEAR READERS: I’d be lost without this list. I shop from it exclusively. Yes, I’m talking about Straight Talk’s annual shopping list for teens — (FYI: official adolescence goes to age 25).…

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Stepparent plays Scrooge to spouse’s kid

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: My husband and I have 2 sons ages 10 and 12. I also have a son, 15, from an earlier marriage who I will call Travis. All the boys live with us full time and Travis spends…

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