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Ask Katie

Posted on: November 20, 2007

Hey Everybody,

I have received a lot of questions from girls just like you though www.grltlk.org . I am thrilled to be able to help you out by answering your questions about school, friends, parents, guys — whatever is on your mind!! Each month, I look through each and every one of your questions and i’ll answer a few of them here on my blog and more on the Girl Talk website. I hope you’ll continue to check back to read my blog.

Remember, I can’t answer every question submitted because I am only one person and I get so many questions each month. However, I will try to pick questions on topics that come up a lot so that when I answer, I’ll be answering more than one girl’s question.

Now, on to your questions!

  • Dear Katie,

I’ve started to have feelings for my best friend that’s a boy. Someone I told says he could possibly like me, but when we talk it’s like he’s bored and I don’t think he’d ever feel the same way. What can I do? I’ve not felt like this about someone for ages. Please help!!!

-Confused

Dear Confused

Feelings for boys can definitely be confusing. If he’s your best friend that’s a boy, I’m sure that he has at least friendly feelings towards you – and that’s the first step! If you really like him then I’d say go for it! Take the first step and ask him out!

-Katie

  • Dear Katie,

My boyfriend wants me to let him do things to me. Should I let him if I don’t want him to? Please help me. What should I do?????

-Unsure

Dear Unsure,

If you don’t want him to do something, you definitely should NOT let him. Do not let him do anything that you are uncomfortable with, not ready for, or unsure about. If he really cares about you then he will understand. Otherwise, he’s not worth it!

-Katie

  • Dear Katie,

I made a comment recently and it really offended my friends. Now they’re not talking to me. Do I apologize or do I let everything settle by itself?

-Lost

Dear Lost,

I would definitely apologize. Tell your friends that you realize you’ve offended them and you’re sorry. Owning up to something you said may be hard, but your friends will appreciate it in the end.

-Katie

  • Dear Katie,

Are periods scary?

-Red

Dear Red,

I know that anticipating something new and significant can sometimes be scary. But getting periods are not scary! In fact, I look at them as something special – they are a sign of womanhood! Don’t be afraid – all women get them and we all support each other. If you’re still worried about them, ask your mom, an older friend, a trusted adult or your school nurse. Also, check out this cool site all about periods: http://www.mypetiteamie.com/index.php?q=Home. In addition to information, you can even get a free period starter kit! Knowledge is truly a powerful thing. And be sure that when it comes you celebrate it instead of worrying!

-Katie

  • Dear Katie,

I am 19 years old and I constantly fight with my mom. I realize it isn’t a healthy relationship at all but I don’t know how to ignore it. How can I make one day around here peaceful? Thanks.

-Whitney

Dear Whitney,

I’m sorry to hear about your fights. It’s great that you realize that it’s not healthy to fight all the time and that you want to do something about it. Ignoring it is definitely not the answer. Try talking to your mom while things are okay and you’re not fighting. And why not make it a fun outing in the process? Ask her to go to out to dinner with you or grab an ice cream. Having a conversation with your mom is important. Tell her that you don’t like fighting with her and want to make an effort to stop it. Chances are your mom is struggling too. She probably feels the same way and wants to make an effort to stop it too! Best of luck.

-Katie

  • Dear Katie,

My best friend thinks that when she grows up she will drink to impress this guy. I told her once that it was a bad idea, but she just told me to get out of her life. What should I do?

-Michelle

Dear Michelle,

You’re doing the right thing by discouraging her. Underage drinking is against the law. Period. The law states you must be 21 to consume alcohol. I hate to be preachy, but it is what it is. Tell her that if the guy is worth it, he should like her for who she is and she shouldn’t even need to impress him! Not to mention, drinking is not a way to impress people. In fact, drinking tends to have the opposite affect.. After all, what is attractive about damaging your health and making stupid decisions by drinking? Nothing.

-Katie

That’s all for this month. Be sure to check out the Ask Katie page on www.grltlk.org for more answers to your questions, and to submit your own for next month!

Take care, girls!

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