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Teen Q&A: My Friend Has Dangerous Secrets!

Tuesday May 31, 2011
The question: My friend has started to trust me with secrets about how she has sex with college guys and is getting into dangerous prescription drugs. I want to help her see that she's going down a bad path, but I don't want her to hate me for it. I don't know how to be a good friend to her! What do I do?

My answer: Sometimes, the best way to be a good friend is to risk losing the friendship completely. It sounds crazy but it's true. If you want to do the right thing for your friend, you've got to...

Read the rest and give her your own advice!

6 Ideas for Father's Day Gifts

Sunday May 29, 2011
One creative way to start
your dad's day.
June is just around the corner, which means that so is Father's Day.

This year, why not get a jump start on a gift so you're not scrambling around at the last minute?

For the perfect Father's Day gift, you don't need a lot of money - just a little creativity. (And doesn't your dad deserve it?) Here are 6 Inexpensive Fathers' Day Gift Ideas to get your mind working.

And if you've already got the perfect gift idea, share it here!

From the Forum: My Girlfriend's Still in Middle School!

Thursday May 26, 2011
The question: In 2 weeks I'll be going to high school and my girlfriend will still be in middle school. How do you think we can make this work out? Was it a mistake going out now?

My answer: If you and your girlfriend really like each other, then it shouldn't matter much that you'll be going to different schools next year. (Shoot, some couples stay together even if they're not in the same city or state.) Use your school day as a chance to...

Read the rest, and give him your own advice!

Turn Your Room into a Teen Room

Monday May 23, 2011
Is your bedroom decor still the same as it was when you were a kid? Then you don't need me to tell you that it's probably time for an upgrade.

This new Associated Press article has some great tips on where to begin without spending a ton of money. For instance, rather than swapping out all your furniture, adding some new cushions or splurging on just one piece (like a bigger bed) might be all you need to do.

You can also check out 10 Cool Teenage Room Ideas for fast, easy ways to make the atmosphere in your room a little more sophisticated.

Should This Prom "Graffiti Artist" be Declared King?

Wednesday May 18, 2011
James Tate was banned from his school's prom for asking a girl with cardboard letters taped to the front of the school.

It looked a little something like this:

prom invite

Since the ban was obviously a mistake (it's such a fun & romantic way to ask a girl to prom!), several people in his town, including the mayor, flipped out about the punishment. The school ended up reversing the ban.

Now that James is allowed at his prom, should be named Prom King? After all, with the bravery he displayed, he's already sort of the king.

Take the poll! And if you vote "yes," you can also join the James Tate for Prom King 2011 Facebook page.

And to hear about more cute prom invites, check out the 10 Creative Ways to Ask Someone to Prom.

Does Sex Always Lead to Love?

Saturday May 14, 2011
A reader on the Teen Advice Forum asked this question yesterday:

Straight up, if I have sex with a guy will I get strong feelings for him?

The way I see it: not necessarily, but it might change the expectations you have for your relationship with him. Sex can make you feel closer to a guy, and it might make you think that your bond is stronger. But that doesn't mean that he feels those same things.

That's why, before you have sex with anyone, you've got to make sure that you're really ready. Check the 10 Signs You're Ready for Sex and make sure you can say "yes" to every single one of them.

Agree? Disagree? Don't waste your time telling me - head to the forum and leave her your own advice!

The Teen Job Market Still Sucks (What a Suprise)

Tuesday May 10, 2011
Workin' Teen
Planning to find a summer job? You might need to lower your expectations a little.

According to a new study, only around 27% of teens who want a job actually have one, which is down from 46% in 2000. In fact, the job market for 16- to 19-year olds is worse than the markets for any other age group.

If you want to earn some extra income this summer, you might need to dig deep. These teen job search sites are a good place to start. You might also need to consider a different type of job.

And be sure to check out these job interview tips to get an edge on other applicants.

Drivers' Ed: Is It Too Much or Not Enough?

Friday May 6, 2011
Some adults, like these in Pennsylvania, think that teens aren't getting enough training before scoring their drivers' licenses.

77% of Pennsylvanian voters think that teens should take 15 extra hours of lessons, bumping required hours for that state up to 65. Considering that accident rates for teens are higher than for any other age group, they might be onto something.

Then again, is drivers' ed the issue - or is it the way teens act when they're behind the wheel (texting, talking and blasting music)? Is there a better way to improve teen driving than forcing you to sit in class for longer?

Weigh in - take the poll and leave a comment!

Advice Q&A: I Don't Like How My Friend Touches Me!

Monday May 2, 2011
The question: Is my friend a lesbian?? She and I have been hanging out a lot, and she keeps touching me all over. I don't have a problem with lesbians, I just don't like how she touches me. Like one time we had a sleepover, and she thought I was asleep, and she reached over and started touching me. I don't know what to do. I don't wanna ruin our friendship but I wanna know the truth.

My answer: Your friend's sexual preference is kind of beside the point. And the point is: if someone's making you uncomfortable...

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MariaTalks.com: Too Hot for Teens?

Thursday April 28, 2011
According to Salon.com, politicians in Massachusetts are freaking out about a state-funded sex info site for teens called MariaTalks.com.

Some slang words the site uses to describe sex acts - I won't mention them here, but you can find a lot of them in articles I've written about sex - were called "disgusting" and "vulgar" by the politicians.

My feeling about it: well, yeah, those words aren't rated G. But you can't really talk about sex - at least not honestly - without saying something that might offend. If you want to tell the truth, you can't be gentle about it.

Do you agree with me, or do you think that dirty slang words aren't appropriate on a site like MariaTalks? Take the poll or leave a comment!
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