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Erin Donovan

Erin Donovan

Erin Donovan's contributions were written in the year before she began college, at which time she was WholeFamily's Senior Teen Advisor.

I'm 14, and my parents won't let me date. I know that doesn't sound that unreasonable, but right now I have a boyfriend that is almost 16, and he can obviously date. I love him very much, and I trust him, its not like he's going to pressure me into anything I don't want to do. He's been my friend for a long time and now we're finally together, but my parents hate him. They've never even met him, and they won't make an effort to. They just don't like him because he's 15. I think that's unfair, and I can't see my boyfriend, even if there are 10 other people there. They won't let me and a bunch of friends go to one of his soccer games, and I can't go to his church, simply because he's there. PLEASE help!! My parents just don't understand!
Hello. I know my parents have only been divorced for 4 months, but I am still hurt over it. At first I was like "sure, this won't bother me, I won't let it", but lately, it has. And in fact, only about 5 to 6 of my friends know about it so far. And see, my mom's been dating this guy, and I dislike him an awful lot, because I guess I just don't like his lifestyle.
Hey! I read what your site said about drugs. And I think that they are stupid. But that is not going to stop people from doing them. I have a group of friends that do them. And they seem fine. They want me to try them. Everyone does them. They can't be that bad. I mean if I try them only once it isn't gonna matter, right? Plus, how could I say no to my friends?
Lately, I have found myself spending more time with the guidance counselor at our school then with anyone else...not by choice. I have told her already that I don't like talking to counselors because I don't know them well enough and it's just hard for me. Still, she insists that she needs to talk with me because my friends/ faculty keep saying they're worried about me. If they are worried, then I wish they would talk to me about it and not continue to force me into the guidance department. I am sick of it.
My problem is I just started a new private school in my area. No, it's not the friends I have problems with, it's the teachers and the amount of homework I am given. I am given at least an hour's worth of homework each day from each teacher. I already have commitments and plans! What do I do???
I am a teenager and pregnant. What should I do?
Hey Erin. About two months ago my best friend Heather was raped. She didn't tell anyone, she just informed me. Now she just found out she was pregnant and she didn't tell her parents the truth because she is afraid. She told them that she just chose to have sex and her mom and dad keep calling her horrible things like a slut. I don't know what to do. Can you help me?
My boyfriend and I have been in a horrible position for a year. All of our friends have been talking about sex for the longest time. We were the only two who thought that we should wait, we thought we were doing the right thing. We tried to tell all of our friends to wait too but they didn't listen.
A guy asked me to go with him to a dance. I don't like him, but I said "No, but I'll see you there." So he asked me to dance all the time and he calls me everyday. The problem is that I don't like him. At all. I've tried to like him but it just isn't happening. He is almost obsessed with me and is always there! He is so nice I just don't know how to tell him gently that I don't want to go out with him!
I am not to supposed be dating and I am head over heels for this one guy, that I was thinking about the summer (meaning going to try to date during summer.) Well, I tried to ask my mom when I could date and I was told 18. My older brother dated at 16. I am 15 now. How can I get my parents to lighten my dating sentence?
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