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Teenager Wants to Know if It's Advisable to Delay College

Do you think it's wise to take a year off after graduating from high school? I've told my parents that I don't want to enroll in college until next fall, but they have doubts about my plan. They're concerned that I'll lose momentum, and they're also worried about my health insurance coverage. What do you think I should do?

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Child or Teen Disturbed by Exposure to Pornography

Should I go back to my dad's house after seeing some pictures of naked women in "dirty" magazines that he left lying around the living room? This experience was very upsetting to me. My parents are divorced, but I have a close relationship with my father and spend every other weekend at his house. After seeing what I saw, I don't think I want to go back there anymore. How should I handle this?

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Adolescent Thinks His Parents Don't Respect Him

How should a teenager respond when his mom and dad seem to have the attitude that he's always trying to get away with something? I've had it with my parents! I'm not a bad kid, but they don't respect me at all. I can't do anything or go anywhere without being subjected to a major inquisition. How can I stand up for my rights and freedoms without running away from home?

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Teen Wants to Know How to Respond to Overly Critical Parent

Can you help me deal with a mom who is always putting me down? Nothing I do is ever good enough for her. My room is never clean enough, my grades are never high enough, my friends are always a "bad influence," and my hair and clothes are always an "embarrassment to the family." There are moments when this gets me so depressed that I wonder why I was ever born. At other times I get so mad that I want to do something just to aggravate her. What should I do?

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Teen Struggling With Masturbation

Will God send me to hell for masturbating? I'm a Christian high school student. Everybody knows me as a "good kid" – active in my church youth group, involved in leadership at school, an above-average student, cooperative with parents and teachers, and respected by most of my friends. But nobody knows about my masturbation habit. I feel really guilty. What should I do?

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Adopted Child Wonders About Biological Mother

As an adopted kid, I can't help wondering – why did my mom give me up? Why would any mom put her child up for adoption? I've been aware of the situation since I was small, and on the whole I'm very happy with my life, but I can't get away from nagging thoughts and doubts about my birth mother. Didn't she care enough about me to raise me herself?

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Teen Has Friend Involved in Cutting

How can I help a friend at high school who told me that she's started cutting herself. I don't know why she's doing it or how to help. What should I do?

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Child Facing Bully Troubles

How can I get a kid at my school to stop picking on me? He's constantly harassing me and making my life miserable. Can you tell me what to do about this?

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Pregnant Teen Afraid and Seeking Help

Can you offer any assistance to a teenager who is pregnant and needs some help? My parents don't know about my condition yet, but they're going to find out eventually, and I have no idea how to talk to them. What should I do?

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Women Warriors in Popular Culture

Why do video games feature so many "tough" girls these days? I'm a teen girl who enjoys playing computer and video games, but I don't think it's realistic that there's so many "tough," heroic girls fighting with guys. I don't believe that girls will ever be stronger or more powerful than guys in the physical sense. What's more, I don't think God created them to be. So why all this female fighting and violence in video games? Just wondering.

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