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

“I have to stick with them even though I don't want to.”

 

“How do I get over my jealousy and insecurity?”

Hey Terra,

In school I am with 5 girls and I can't stick with them because when I'm with them I don't behave. And even though I don't want to. I have to act cool. They don't know that I don't wanna be with them but I have no other choice because if I leave them and want to be with other girls they will just start calling me names like "you're a user." And if I want to be with some other girls I don't know how to tell them. I'm really very confused.

Help

 

Hey Terra,

I am really confused, jealous, and sad at the same time. It is weird. My girlfriend is a cowgirl and I am a prep. I love her very very much and I am kinda sure she loves me. But for some reason, I still get jealous a lot and I can't keep from it. We have been going out for 3 months and all. She goes to a different school and all and I don't see her a lot, maybe 3 times a week if I am lucky. She tells me she loves me very much and has done many things to prove it, but I wonder if I will ever be replaced. She says I am perfect but what if there is someone who is like me but has her...

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Annie’s Blog:
How come I don't have a boyfriend yet?!

July 10, 2016

When is it my turn to be loved? When is it my turn to be loved?

If you really want a bf/gf, but don't have one, and everyone else does, it can bring you down. You may wonder, "What's wrong with me?" I totally remember feeling this way in high school. It sucked. Once you buy a ticket to ride that depressing train of thought, you'll assume you don't have enough of whatever you think you need to be loved. ("I'm not hot enough, not cool enough, not thin enough, not buff enough, not outgoing enough, etc. etc. etc.")

So I understand what's going on when I get an email like this one:

Hey Terra -

I shouldn't be upset about this but I am. I'm going to be 16 soon and I've never had a boyfriend or even had a guy ask me out. I'm worried I'll be unprepared for a real committed relationship and be forever alone. I really want to know what that teenager rush of young love feels like that so many of my friends have experienced. What do I do? - Ms. Loveless

Dear Ms. Loveless,

I understand where you’re coming from. But please don’t assume that teen relationships prepare you for “real” committed adult relationships based on mutual trust, respect, honesty, shared values, open communication. They rarely do. You need to be an adult to have an adult relationship. As intelligent and mature as you seem to be, you are still becoming an adult, not there yet. You are still a full-time student, still living in your parents' home, being supported and supervised by them. More »


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