Straight Talk

‘I Kissed a Girl’ a shocker for mother of teen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...