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Q: Dear Ally, I have a boy problem. See, I like this one guy, and when he’s around, I don’t really now how to act or what to say, and I go blank. Usually, when girls try to get a guy to like them, don’t they dress up, try to be popular, and all that stuff? Should I be like that? What do I do? —Boy Problem
A: Dear Boy Problem, the best thing to do is always be yourself! I know feelings can get confusing when you like someone as more than a friend, but if they like you too, it’s most likely for who you really are. If you change to try to impress him, he may not notice you for...
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Q: Dear Ally, My parents have been arguing over so many things lately, and I’m getting really scared about them. I try to help them out by talking to them about it, but talking seems to just make it worse. Is it my fault? What should I do? —Just Trying to Help
A: Dear Just Trying to Help, Ah, my parents sometimes do the same thing. I know that they love each other so much, but sometimes they fight a lot and—you’re right—it is scary. Just understand that your parents are probably trying to let off some steam if they’ve had a bad day or if they are...
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Q: Dear Ally, OMG. I am having the worst week ever. My soccer coach threatened to take me off the team, even though he earlier told me that I was one of the best players! Apparently, I haven’t been getting the best grades, and I really need help on how to improve them so I can keep playing soccer! I desperately need your help! —Sporty But Struggling
A: Dear Sporty But Struggling, My friend was going through the exact same thing just a little while ago. Not to fear—I helped her out with some advice, and she is already improving and even made honor roll! First things first, you have to set yourself up for success.Have a good mindset toward school...
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Q: Dear Ally, I really like this guy, and all my friends are telling me to start dating him! Even though we both always have fun together in class and everything, isn’t it too soon to start dating? Am I too young? -Confused About My Crush
A: Dear Confused About My Crush, First off, you shouldn’t have to worry about what your friends say about you and this guy! The answers to all your questions are totally up to you and how you genuinely feel about him. . . . Just be sure not to start dating him just because your friends...
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Q: Even when I tell myself not to, it always seems like I end up putting off my work! Do you have any tips for procrastination? —Procrastination Nation
A: Dear Procrastination Nation, I totally get it. Whether it’s trying to finish homework or finishing a book or practicing a sport, it’s sometimes difficult to face big goals head on because they can be super-daunting, and it is so easy to procrastinate when it seems like we have forever to...
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Q: A bunch of my friends started wearing makeup to school, but I don’t know if I should start wearing some or if I should wait. . . . I don’t even know how to wear makeup! —Crazily Confused
A: Dear Crazily Confused, Hmm, this is a tough one! I guess it all depends on when you feel like you’re ready to start wearing makeup. Even though your friends are wearing it, you should totally listen to yourself on this one. Whenever you are comfortable and ready is the best time. Don’t start...
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Q: School starts soon, and I have a few things I want to buy—but I spent most of my allowance this summer! Help! -Too Broke
A: Dear Too Broke, That’s okay! Of course, the number one tip for you is to keep track of how you spend your money and to spend it more carefully! Try to resist those small purchases if you don’t need them, even though it may be difficult (and even if that pair of shoes is super...
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Q: My guy friend is very into sports—especially football. I really enjoy hanging out with him but totally lose interest when he turns on the TV to watch a football game. Any tips on how not to fall asleep?
A: Hahaha, that’s a funny problem to have. I’m glad you are willing to put up with his love of sports—you’re definitely a good friend! But don’t feel obligated to sit through a game if you’re completely not interested. If I knew a friend was doing something just because I liked it, I would...
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Q: I’m trying to get in shape for my super cute bathing suit this summer. What should I do to stay fit? —Slimming for Summer
A: Dear Slimming for Summer, I’ve had the same question in the past, and don’t worry! I have a few tricks and reminders that you can keep in mind when you get ready to rock your bathing suit at pool parties and the beach this summer: 1. Eat right: Pay attention to what you put into...