DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I'm a single father and my daughter is (or was) a well-adjusted sophomore. Now, she refuses to go to school. When I insist, she locks herself in her room and cries.
I'm at a loss and must get to work myself. She says "the girls" (her friends) hate her, which seems ridiculous.
They are such nice girls. I think she has blown something out of proportion. How do I talk sense into her? We are going on day three. I did call the school and they aren't aware of problems.
— Frustrated Dad near Auburn
Ashley, 25, Auburn: Girls don't fight like guys, where they throw a couple punches and it's over. No, girls go behind your back, hold grudges (for years), turn friends against each other — all in an amazingly sneaky way. If she's saying her friends hate her, listen, because something is real there.