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Dad worries, his mother and fiancee fight over child

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

DEAR AMY: After my daughter was born, I fought for custody for four years. I was living with my parents during that time. My daughter stayed with my mom during the day while I worked because I could not afford child care and lawyer fees. Eventually I was granted full custody.

I moved out of my parents' home with my daughter when she turned 5. I...Read more

Stepson And His Sister Are Too Close For Wife's Comfort

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am happily married to a great man. I have a young daughter from a previous marriage, and my husband has two teenagers, a boy and girl, from a prior marriage. Like many blended families, we have our struggles, but one is becoming increasingly difficult to deal with.

I don't know how to put this tastefully, but I'll state it this way...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 10/7/2015

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: This is written in desperation. I have seven children, and my middle son, "Randall," age 57, is in the grip of psychosis. His late father was a schizophrenic who refused treatment and regularly beat me. I lived with him for years, not understanding what I was doing wrong, until I drew up enough courage to ask a psychiatrist for ...Read more

Stressed Out Vacationer

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Hi, Carolyn:

We just returned from a week at the lake with our two grown kids, their significant others, and other family members from both sides. This is the third year we've set up this family vacation, and we want to do it next year -- minus my husband's brother and wife. They love this week and look forward to it, but the rest of us find...Read more

In-Laws Bemoan Son-in-Law's Promotion Prospects

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

DEAR AMY: Our daughter has been married for 10 years to a wonderful guy. They're great parents. So what's our problem?

Well, our son-in-law has a college education and a very good job with one of the best firms in our area.

He has applied for a promotion four times in the past 14 months and has been turned down every time. He is frustrated and...Read more

Grandson's Sleepovers Alarm Grandma's Friend

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have a friend whose 11-year-old grandson stays overnight with her sometimes on the weekends. She has only one bedroom, and I'm concerned because he still sleeps with her in the same bed.

I have mentioned it to her many times, and she says there is nothing wrong with it. I even purchased a nice air mattress, very easy to inflate, ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 10/6/2015

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My wife, "Kate," and I are in our early 40s and have been married for 15 years. We have two children.

Kate has a deeply troubling emotional dependence on her parents that shows no sign of changing. They wanted to come with us on our honeymoon, which I initially thought was a joke. It wasn't. I flatly refused, and Kate became angry. ...Read more

Finding a "Passion"

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

I have a very well-paying job that I don't hate, but I'm SO bored and unmotivated. I've built a life around this salary (mortgage, car, vacation, etc.), but I keep wondering if I settled too quickly to find a career I'm passionate about. I'm in my early 30s. Is it too late? How do I ...Read more

Transgender teen struggles with parents' reaction

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

DEAR AMY: I am a 19-year-old transgender female. I am in an excellent life position -- I have a high school diploma, a good part-time job and I am on track to get my associate degree. But I would gladly throw all of it away in order to just be me 100 percent of the time.

While I have not been forced out of my parents' house or denied their ...Read more

Wife's Online Snooping Reveals Her Lack Of Trust

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife used the search feature for the Ashley Madison emails and discovered an old account I had signed up for late one night, before we were together. I had forgotten all about it. When she brought it up, I panicked and lied because I was embarrassed, but immediately told her what it was. She was upset, but I explained the situation...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 10/5/2015

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My husband and I are friends with another couple in our neighborhood. The majority of the time, we get along well. We have even traveled together.

The problem is, "Susie" is very loud and an extremely poor conversationalist. She dominates the get-togethers by talking about nonsense, and she constantly repeats herself. She interrupts...Read more

Mama Bear

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn!

I adore my older sister, but she is married to someone I find difficult. His personality is not a match for mine, but much larger than that is he was inappropriate to me from when I was 13 through my early 20s. Nothing he could get arrested for -- he would "accidentally" touch my rear ...Read more

Bar mitzvah brings out the worst in ex-spouses

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

DEAR AMY: My ex-wife and I haven't been together for almost seven years, but only recently can we peacefully co-parent our twin boys.

My anger at her was due to her infidelity during the last year of our 10 years together. I am not sure why she was angry (more like scorn) at me, except for catching her infidelity and then leaving her.

Our ...Read more

Man's Anger Issues Threaten To Break Loving Relationship

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have anger issues and sometimes I take it out on the ones I love. When my fiancee recently told me we are having a child, I hoped my attitude would change. It hasn't, and at times it has gotten worse. I hit her last night and it left a mark.

I feel awful for the pain I continue to cause her, and I keep telling myself this is the ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 10/4/2015

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 24 years, and it feels like we are roommates with kids. We are opposites and always have been, but it seems as if we have fallen out of sync completely.

He has never been outgoing, whereas I am a social butterfly. Our kids have never seen us kiss, hold hands or show any other form of affection ...Read more

Dealing With Son's Dislike

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Hi, Carolyn:

I hope you can help me accept that my adult son doesn't like me -- and stop feeling so worn down and questioning myself from his disdainful comments.

Overall, he's a great person -- just out of college, landed a good job, and is kind to other people. He and his girlfriend are staying with me for a few months as they get settled...Read more

Boyfriend's 'comedy' really kills

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

DEAR AMY: I have been with my boyfriend for about eight years.

The other night we went out to dinner with my parents. One of their friends came over to the table to say hello. The conversation came around to this elderly friend's age. She is 80 years old.

My boyfriend asked her "if she still fools around."

We were all so embarrassed. He ...Read more

Teen Becomes Tongue-Tied When She Tries To Say Thanks

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 17-year-old girl, and all my life I have had trouble accepting gifts, even inexpensive ones. I do believe it's the thought that counts, but I have trouble expressing gratitude.

An example: My brother was disappointed by my reaction when he got me soap shaped like a rock last Christmas. My smile was forced. I feel anxious when I...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 10/3/2015

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My wife and I recently married after having been together for 15 years. It is a second marriage for both of us. Six years ago, I discovered that she had contacted an old friend from high school through Facebook. She initially didn't mention it to me, but then finally admitted she was meeting him for lunch to catch up on old times (...Read more

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Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, C:

I just got an invite to one of my closest friends' baby shower (thrown by another friend). I do not want to go for several reasons. First, I hate showers, especially when they are gift grabs (as this one is), and especially when they are gift grabs by people who seriously do not need other ...Read more

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