Annie Fox for Teens... Hey, Terra!

Hi there… How’s it going? Probably not all that great or you wouldn’t be here looking for help. No worries. Teens have been emailing me since 1997 because I give good advice. If you’ve got a problem with friends, so-called friends, a bf/gf, a parent, or anything else… email me. I can help you sort out your feelings. No matter what’s going on, you always have choices. And choices matter because sometimes the stuff we do to “fix” a problem only makes things worse. You don’t want to go there. Instead, let me help you figure out your next best move

In friendship,
Terra (aka Annie Fox)

From Terra’s Inbox

“My parents say I'm too young to date the guy I like.”

 

“What if he's my true love?”

Hey Terra,

I am 15 and the only girl out of 4 kids and my mom and dad are real protective of me. Ok well I like this guy at school and he is 17 well my mom and dad tell me he is too old for me and that I can not date him, and he likes me too and he has asked me out, but I had to say no because of my parents what should I do I really like this guy. Thanks, A.M.

Perplexed

 

Hey Terra,

I've known this lad for 2.5 years. We used to get on really well for about 1 year and now things have really changed because he doesn't attend phone calls, when I text him no reply. My friends try calling him, and he cuts them off as well. I don't know what's wrong with him. I feel he doesn't like me anymore.

My friends say "No offense but he doesn't like you. Just forget him." But how can I because there is no guarantee he doesn't like me. Whereas there is another lad who really likes me. He's told me a couple of times by hinting it but I really don't give any notice. I just keep thinking,...

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Go on! Love yourself. There's so much that's 'right' with you.

February 8, 2015

Unchain my heart to love myself more Unchain my heart to love myself more

We are so loving this current downpour in parched Marin. Feel like sending the rain gods a Valentine.

The big count down to V-Day has begun. Most of us have been brought up on the notion that Valentine's Day is for lovers. And, yeah, it is. But here's the thing, if you don't love yourself, it's gonna be hard to really love someone else. Also, if you don't love yourself, you're going to have trouble recognizing love coming at you... and an even tougher time accepting and savoring it.

That's why I'm writing about self-love today. Specifically, how hard it can be for tweens and teens to get excited about being who they are when so many of their peers, family members and The Media conspire to convince them they aren't "__________ enough." (Not thin enough, smart enough, cool enough, hot enough... not GOOD enough!) That's such monumental BS and yet, most middle and high school students buy it and dig right in with fork and spoon. Hell, most adults believe they're not good enough. Good enough for what?! That's what I'd like to know.

I got an email from a teen who was super upset because she isn't "tall enough". Read on...

I'm a 16 years old girl and only 5'1" tall. People always make fun of me specially guys. I sometimes cry. Before, I was really confident and I didn't mind being short, but now it really hurts me. My mother refused to take me to a doctor so he would give me some type of medicine to help with my shortness, although she knows how much I hate my height! More »

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