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Excitement Over Pregnancy Is Dulled By Husband's Restraint

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have just found out I'm 10 weeks pregnant. Both sets of parents are overjoyed -- it's their first grandchild -- and I'm happy because this was the plan all along. My husband wants kids, and this is our first baby.

My husband isn't the kind to wear his heart on his sleeve. I have tried to involve him in appointments and classes, but...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/18/2015

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My children's grandmother passed away a few weeks ago after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Her children decided to have a service in the northeast where her husband is buried and where they all grew up. None of them lives anywhere near that area. I live 1,200 miles away.

I was very close to that family for 13 years before my ...Read more

On "His Time"

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

I'm in a relatively new relationship (six months), and I can't shake the feeling that we always do things on "his time." If he suggests a time to get together, I typically say yes unless I have other plans, and he does always honor that time. But generally, unless I suggest something ...Read more

Friend's Food Criticism Is Hard For Couple To Swallow

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have a friend, Jonah, whom we love dearly, but he has no filter. He's college-educated, has a white-collar job and is over 50. The problem is, anytime we invite him for dinner or take food items to his house, he makes horrible remarks about my wife's cooking, particularly when it's a holiday party based on my wife's ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/17/2015

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: Twelve years ago, my son moved his girlfriend into our home. "Lena" lived with us for four years, and we treated her like family. They broke up, and Lena moved out. She then married someone else and now has an adorable 6-year-old daughter. We have remained such good friends with her that my husband walked her down the aisle at her ...Read more

With the Boy Who Cried Wolf

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Dear Carolyn:

My boyfriend and I, turning 30 and 28 soon, have been together for almost five years and living together for four. We have talked about marriage and having a family several times, and it is something we both want. We have gone ring shopping, and he's even asked my mother for her blessing. He is on board with starting a family ...Read more

Girl's Embarrassment Is Signal It's Time For A Shaving Lesson

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are having a disagreement about one of our daughters (we have three). Our 8-year-old is very hairy. It is noticeable, and she doesn't like wearing shorts, skirts or dresses because of it. Her classmates tease her about it.

I want to teach her how to shave her legs or show her how to use hair remover. Her father is ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 4/16/2015

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I have helped my wife's daughter and family financially many times over the past 15 years. Eighteen months ago, I loaned them $600, and they promised they would pay me back. (My previous loans were gifts.)

The daughter's husband has a well-paying job, but he is slow to repay this loan. Three months ago, I received a check for $40, ...Read more

Everyone's Getting Married

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

I have two weddings coming up soon, back-to-back. Both are far away. I've more or less committed to going to one. The other one I could afford to go to, but I'm not sure I want to, given the cost of the two combined. Is it bad form to go to one but not the other? I value both friends ...Read more

Sexually Active Women Must Be Vigilant About Protection

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm writing to warn as many other young women as I can about the dangers of unprotected sex. I thought I had met the man of my dreams. I knew from the beginning he had a girlfriend in his hometown, but he assured me he was breaking it off, so I didn't think twice about starting a relationship.

Well, she moved here and found out about...Read more