Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

As Kiss Is Just a . . .Disaster, Sometimes

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

As Kiss Is Just a . . .Disaster, Sometimes

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Dear Ann Landers: I am 14, and my friends and I always read your column, but we have noticed that you don't often address the problems of teen-age girls. Here's a very common problem we have - kissing. Some girls have the perfect first kiss, but for most of us, it's gross.

I have always dreamed of my first kiss as something tender and thoroughly enjoyable. Recently, I received it, and it was neither of those things. My boyfriend managed to remove all my makeup in the process of sucking my face off. It was his first kiss, too, so I guess he didn't know better.

I told him he was moving too fast for me (even though I was totally ready). He apologized and felt bad the rest of the evening. Now every time I think about it, I just shudder because it was so disgusting.

Since he's so inexperienced, I feel he deserves some guidance. Should I tell him his kissing is too aggressive? How can I give him some pointers without insulting or embarrassing him?

CONFUSED AND DISGUSTED IN VIRGINIA -

Tell him there are different styles of kissing, and you would like to show him the style you like best. Then, demonstrate the soft kiss. I'll bet he'll be thrilled. (P.S.: Teen-agers with braces should be careful. Those wires can be sharp.) And one last caution: Keep four feet on the floor and all hands on deck.

Dear Ann Landers: May I respond to "Chris in Heyburn, Idaho," who wrote about the deprivation and challenges his generation faced?

I grew up in the '60s and '70s. Although my generation enjoyed more affluence than my parents', those years presented their own challenges. The difference between me and the younger set is that I'm not whining and complaining. I survived the lean and mean years because as an adolescent, I learned the basics of resolving problems and meeting challenges. Those life skills have served me well.

One of the problems in our contemporary society is that children are not allowed to make their own mistakes and fight their own battles. The ideal environment for children is not devoid of problems and disappointments. …

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