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Divergent Career Paths Lead Couple In Different Directions

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My partner, Andrew, and I have been together for four years. I'm a high school teacher, and he works for a major department store. Andrew has always wanted to be a flight attendant and now has the opportunity to interview for a position with a regional carrier. If he gets the job, he will have to relocate to the mid-Atlantic.

I want ...Read more

Woman Who Wants To Be Left Alone Keeps Retirement A Secret

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I recently retired, but I haven't told anyone. I receive widow's benefits, so I'm comfortable financially. I like my privacy, and I'm afraid things will change if I tell people about my retirement. My father is dying of cancer.

My best friend says if I were her sister, she'd be mad at me. My sister lives a mile away and I don't want ...Read more

Mom Fights Feelings Of Guilt Over Son Being An Only Child

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am the mother of a 13-year-old son, my only child. For the past 10 years I have been living with mounting guilt over the fact that he doesn't have a sibling. It's not because my husband and I haven't tried, we have. But fertility issues took us down an empty road, and adoption discussions were just that -- discussions.

I can't tell...Read more

Sweet Man Sours Marriage By Calling His Wife Fat

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a large, overweight woman. I have been in the process of losing weight for more than five years. I got married three years ago to an amazing guy. He's the sweetest man I have ever met.

Something he said recently really bothers me. He said he thinks I'm fat. While I know I'm fat -- and admit it out loud -- I never thought it was ...Read more

Single Mom Craves Family's Embrace Of Her Daughters

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a single mother of two biracial daughters ages 2 and 4. They fill my life with joy and I am thankful to be their mother. My problem is, I haven't been able to face my family members since the birth of my second child.

My family has strong Christian roots, and I know they were disappointed when they heard about another unplanned ...Read more

Counseling Can't Save Marriage Lacking Intimacy

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for almost three years to a woman who refuses to share the same bed with me. It started on our honeymoon when, after having sex, she chose to sleep in a different bed whenever there were two beds in the room.

She's in her late 40s and had never been married before. We have been intimate only twice in the last year...Read more

Wife Foresees A Rocky Road With Husband Suffering Dementia

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: After two failed marriages, I married a wonderful man whom I love but am not in love with. He recently had a seizure, after which he was diagnosed with moderate dementia.

All I see is a long, dark road ahead. We are both senior citizens with not a long time left on this Earth. My health is suffering because of this situation. I am ...Read more

Postal Workers Meet Challenge Of Delivering Kids' Postcards

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: While our daughter was on vacation with our small grandkids, she bought them postcards and suggested they write us about their vacation.

She said she laughed when the kids finished with the cards because she hadn't realized they didn't know how to write a postcard. The children had turned the cards sideways and had written across the...Read more

Dad's Rough Horseplay Looks A Lot Like Abuse

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a grandmother and great-grandmother who is concerned about the behavior of my grandson toward his 7-year-old daughter, Beth, and her 9-year-old cousin, Mandy. When Mandy recently visited me, she told me her uncle crept up behind her, put his hand over her mouth and then held her nose so she couldn't breathe. She said he has done ...Read more

Family Resents Boyfriend For Usurping Dad's Chair

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My beloved father passed away three years ago. One of my older sisters moved in with Mom to help take care of her and be her companion. My sister has a boyfriend my father absolutely disliked, and the rest of our family doesn't like him either.

My issue (and I'm not the only family member who feels this way) is that when her ...Read more

Husband Wants Long-Lost Sister To Remain That Way

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and his sister had a rough childhood in foster care. Long story short, they lost contact for 10 years -- until now. She found us on Facebook and was desperate to know if she had found her brother or not. My husband ignored her. He isn't sure he ever wants to rebuild a relationship with her.

I know that's his decision to ...Read more

Wife Joining The Workforce Wants Her Own Bank Account

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been together for eight years. When we first met, I was in the military and she was a bartender. Needless to say, she made far more money than I did at the time. Six months into our relationship, she got pregnant and quit her job. For the next seven years she raised our children and went to school while I did ...Read more

Story Of Son's Abuse Taints Wife's Memories Of Husband

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am in shock. My grown son, Ryan, recently told me he was molested by his late father when he was a young boy. I had no idea, but I believe him. Ryan is an only child and has recently started seeing a counselor.

I loved my husband very much and I believed he loved me, but I no longer know what to think or how to feel. If he were ...Read more

Summer Temperatures Turn Closed Cars Into Deadly Ovens

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: With summer here, many families will do at least some traveling, which involves spending significant amounts of time in the family car or truck. I'd like to remind your readers that it is now illegal in many states to leave a child, a disabled person or a pet unattended in a vehicle for ANY length of time. The reason is that ...Read more

Man Is Miffed When Woman Is Older Than She Advertised

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 58-year-old man who has been meeting women online for a few years. I recently met Molly, whose profile said she was 60. We dated several times and then she spent a few days at my house. Certain things she said made me suspect she was older. So I looked her name up online and found out she was seven years older than she had ...Read more

Teen Fears Past Indiscretions Will Sabotage Future Choices

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: When I was 13 and 14, I sent nude pictures to guys I didn't know over Kik. I am now 15 and interested in a career in education. I have read about educators getting fired for sending pictures. Should I be worried that I will never have a career in education? Or ever get into a good college? -- QUESTIONING TEEN


'love Child' Plans Approach To Half-Brother He Never Met

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband, Pete, is an only child. His mom, who was married, had an affair with a married man, which resulted in his birth. His mother's husband put his name on the birth certificate, but as a kid, Pete had contact from time to time with his biological father. Both dads have since passed away.

Pete has known for years that his ...Read more

Wedding Guests Are Perplexed By Toasts That Turn To Roasts

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: We have been attending the weddings of our friends' children and work colleagues. We enjoy them, but we have noticed a change in some of the traditions.

The best man's and maid of honor's toasts to the bride and groom seem to have devolved into telling stories about their past escapades. This includes tales of all-night partying, how...Read more

Sex Education Should Begin Before Kids Start To Experiment

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I know you provide a booklet to help teens with questions about sex. But when should I talk to my son or give him a copy? He will turn 9 soon. I know that is young, but kids today are exposed to so much so early. -- KRISTEN IN MARYLAND

DEAR KRISTEN: You're absolutely right; they are. They also mature earlier than children of previous...Read more

Man's Stop-And-Go Romances May Indicate Lack Of Empathy

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a man in my mid-30s who has recently recognized a pattern in my romantic relationships. A few of them lasted for several years, before they ended for various reasons. In between, I've gone a couple of years before seeking out and starting a new relationship. In the in-between time, I go online and meet people I have no intention ...Read more


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