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‘I Kissed a Girl’ a shocker for mother of teen
Thursday Sep 11 2008
Dear Straight Talk: I was back-to-school shopping with my daughter when I first heard Katy Perry’s song, “I Kissed a Girl.” I was totally shocked to hear the words hooked ...
Abstinence-only probably not effective for cell phones
Thursday Aug 07 2008
Dear Straight Talk: I was shocked at your advice to “Jason’s mom,” whose 17-year-old son informed her he was going to text and drive after the California cell phone ban took ...
Panelists share views on God and religion
Thursday Jul 17 2008
Dear Straight Talk: I read the recent Pew survey results on religious views and was surprised that 92 percent of American adults believe in God. I’m wondering if the same is true ...
Girl’s mother too grumpy to talk to
Thursday Jul 10 2008
Dear Straight Talk: I’m 15 and I live with my mother and her boyfriend. My mom doesn’t let me go anywhere. Not that I ask – I already know she will get mad and say no. I’ ...
Straight Talk: Teens consider smoking dope
Friday Jun 27 2008
Dear Straight Talk: I’m 14 and friends of mine (I’ll call them Janine and Claire), go to Mexico a lot with Janine’s family where they hook up with older people and get drunk. ...
Straight Talk: Texting while driving unsafe
Friday Jun 20 2008
Dear Straight Talk: My son is 17. Starting July 1, he will be banned from using a cell phone while driving until he is 18. Today he informed me that he won’t talk on his cell a ...
Stick with boyfriend through his illness
Thursday May 22 2008
Dear Straight Talk: I’m 14 and I have a serious decision to make. My boyfriend of three months is sick with a deadly disease. I have a hard time handling sickness, let alone deat ...
Teen needs to cut off abusive parent
Thursday May 15 2008
Dear Straight Talk: I’m 15 and a sophomore in high school. My mom and dad are going through a divorce because my father is a depressed alcoholic and marijuana addict who refuses ...
Emo trend promotes depression chic
Thursday May 01 2008
Editor’s note: Emo stands for “emotional.” Formerly a genre of music, emo is now a social movement of mostly white, affluent, suburban teens who champion melancholy, depressi ...
Girl worried as mom planning to marry girlfriend
Monday Apr 28 2008
Dear Straight Talk: I’m in eighth grade and I cannot go to school and face my friends. The other night I was supposed to be at my dad’s but I got dropped off at my mother’s u ...
Popping the STD question can be difficult
Thursday Apr 17 2008
Dear Straight Talk: I’m 16 and I have a question. How do you ask a potential partner how many partners she’s had and whether she has a sexually transmitted disease? I am going ...
Awkwardness a sure sign of first love
Thursday Apr 03 2008
Dear Straight Talk: I'm 17 and it's embarrassing, but I've never had a boyfriend, kissed a guy or been on a date. I'm just not a flirty girl; I can't stand girls who act all giddy ...
Parents help teens manage powerful forces
Monday Mar 10 2008
Dear Straight Talk: Regarding the recent columns on drugs and sex, I have to say that parents set their kids up to lie to them. Most parents are so stressed about having perfect k ...
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