Lauren Forcella

Most kids today need some type of ‘stress band-aids’

Dear Straight Talk: I’m a retired high school nurse interested in how kids self-soothe in order to de-stress. I observe kids having such stressed childhoods that most have some ...

Panel weighs in on Arizona shootings

Dear Straight Talk: I’m curious how young people feel about the shootings in Arizona. Politics has taken on an “us versus them” mentality. Hate and sound bites prevail ove ...

Hookups according to today’s young men

Dear Straight Talk: I counsel teens on college and career choices and have been learning about “hookup” culture. I’m concerned that sexual activity, starting with girls as yo ...

Straight Talk panelists co-author motorcycle safety law

Dear Readers: Last school year, two teenage panelists from Straight Talk wanted to make the world a better place. Michael Kelleher and Sawyer Cole took their idea to the Capitol an ...

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 adolescenc ...

Straight Talk: How to shine through popular sibling's shadow

Dear Straight Talk: I love my little sister but I hate being around her. We are complete opposites and she has everything I have — plus looks, friends, and sports and musical tal ...

Anyone out there suffering from the ‘Avatar’ blues?

Dear Straight Talk: I have a grand-nephew, 15, from Kentucky and a grandson, 16, from California. Both say “Avatar” is the best movie they’ve ever seen. When I asked why, I ...