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)

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Should I just send the nude pictures and make him happy?

December 8, 2014

This feels weird, but as long as he's happy.... This feels weird, but as long as it makes him happy....

Smart girls and guys often make stupid choices. Smarter teens recognize when something feels off. They're the ones who stop beforehand to get a second opinion. Here's a recent email I received from a smarter girl:

Hey Terra,

My boyfriend and I have a long distance relationship and he really wants nude pictures of me. He doesn't pressure me about it, but I have a hard time explaining why I can't do it. I was raised with conservative values, though I have different views from my parents on lots of things. I've realized it's okay to break certain rules, but I can't even take the picture without feeling disappointed in myself or guilty. He understands my boundaries, but I still feel bad about it. I know plenty of other girls do it and I feel abnormal. Should I just send the pictures anyway, even if I'll feel down about myself but will make him happy??

–Feeling Abnormal

Dear Feeling Abnormal,

You already know the answer to this one, but it sounds like you need support. OK, here it is: NO. You should not “just sent the pictures anyway, even if (you) will feel down about (yourself) but make him happy.” No way!

It's not your job to make your boyfriend happy. It is your job to live your life in a way that makes you proud of who you are. Sending nude pictures will not make you feel proud. More »

From Terra’s Inbox

“I want to be more than a friend with benefits.”

 

“I just met this guy on the Internet.”

Hey Terra,

I'm 14 and I have a HUGE problem. I am in love with my friend. He is so cute. But the problem is he only wants to be friends. On top of that we are friends with benefits. I want to tell him how I feel? Should I?

Loving the Guy

 

Hey Terra,

I just met this guy through my friend on the Internet and I want to send him an email and I don't know what to say because I don't know anything about him. He is smart and I am not and so if I spell a word wrong I will feel stupid and if I speak too simple he might think I am a baby. What should I do?

Bad Speller

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