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

“Why did my grandma have to die?”

 

“My mom doesn't like my boyfriend so I'm thinking of running away.”

Hey Terra,

About a year ago me and my family went on vacation and me and my grandma got sick. I got better but my grandma didn't. So my mom made her an appointment to see her doctor. Her doctor told my mom "This is no cold. You need to take her to the emergency room right away." They told her that she had pancreatic cancer and that she needed surgery. After they removed part of the pancreas they told us she would be ok. One year later she's about to die so can you help me understand why she has to go?

Joe

 

Hey Terra,

I'm 15 and going out with a 21 year old and my mom doesn't approve. She found out already, and now I'm not able to step a foot outside. She said she's going to go talk to him and tell him to stay away from me but I really like him a lot (you couldn't even imagine!). And he feels the same way about me. What do I do? How am I going to be able to see him? Do you think it would be a good idea to run away with him? PLEASE HELP :(

Desperate

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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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