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)

Annie’s Blog:
They stole your bra?!!

September 9, 2014

This recent email has me vibrating with rage. I know. I know. I'm supposed to manage my destructive emotions. Take re-centering breaths and all that. But as a woman, a mom, and an educator, this one has me ready to strangle someone.

I'm not going back there. I'm not going back there.

Just read it and tell me what you think:

Hey Terra,

I just started freshman year and I have to take swim class. I have large breasts and the girls in the class make fun of me in the shower and in the pool. Today, while we were swimming, one girl went into my locker and stole my bra. I had to get dressed for my next class without a bra!! Do you have any idea how humiliated I felt walking around like that? Guys were staring at me and a few guys tried to touch my breasts! That's what I had to go through for two whole periods until my mom came and brought me a bra. This is the first year of high school and I'm a joke already. All my friends are at another school so I've got no one who has my back. – Who Cares?

Before you read my answer, here's my video response on Vidoyen:

How do we teach kids that cruel is not cool? posted by Annie Fox, M.Ed. on Vidoyen.

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From Terra’s Inbox

“My parents won't let me do anything!”

 

“How can I take this to the next level without asking her out?”

Hey Terra,

I'm ticked off because my parents don't let me do anything. I still love them but they have to understand that I have grow up some day and they can't hold me back forever. First I thought that piercing my nose would be cool but I wouldn't wear the earring to school but they said "NO!!" Then I started to like rock music they said that I can't listen to that, Then I started to wear eyeliner and my mom was like "Take it off! Don't wear eyeliner!" Ohmigod, she even wears it, but she tattooed it on. And the bad thing is that my dad always and I mean ALWAYS has her back.

What can I do?

Ticked off

 

Hey Terra,

I like this really great girl that I met rather recently. We've been gradually getting to know each other a little better since September but I have the hardest time "reading" her and getting an idea of whether she likes me or not (my pessimistic side tells me she's just being friendly and she doesn't really like me).

For example when we see each other in the halls she looks at her watch or ignores me (though I have to admit, I do the same thing to her because I don't want her to know I like her).

While I would of course greatly prefer a romantic relationship with her, I guess I would be OK...

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