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Worried Son Foresees Trouble In Parents' All-Day Drinking

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been concerned about my parents for some time now. They are elderly and live in a retirement community. They have a very nice home and don't have to worry about money.

The problem is, they drink every day -- sometimes from noon to when they go to bed. Many times, their drinking has caused arguments and police visits. When I ...Read more

Fear Lingers After Lunchtime Walker Is Attacked By Dog

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: For health reasons, I had been walking during my lunch break at work. That ended last summer when someone unleashed his dog between his house and his car. The dog saw me on the sidewalk, charged, jumped on me and bit me. Thankfully, I put my arm up, so it only got my arm, but now I'm terrified to walk outside for fear of being ...Read more

Coaches Have An Obligation To Quiet Obnoxious Parents

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I need some words of wisdom from you. This past weekend I went to see my 7-year-old nephew play baseball. These are all young kids just learning the game.

There was one young player whose father kept shouting horrible things at him like, Catch like a MAN! and, I don't know why I waste my time coming here! It was horrible to see that ...Read more

Girl Fears Mom's Disapproval Of Boyfriend She Found Online

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 15-year-old girl, and I'm madly in love with my boyfriend. The only problem is, I can't tell anyone but my closest friends about him. I met him over the internet, and he's an amazing guy. I didn't think I'd ever fall in love with him, but I did. He lives in New York, and I'm planning on going up to see him as soon as I possibly ...Read more

Man Can't Muster The Energy To Join Digital Dating World

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am 32 years old and divorced my wife two years ago. Although I tried dating for a bit, it was a brave new world of online apps and profiles. It wasn't for me, and I became discouraged.

A year has gone by and female friends are telling me I need to get back out and date. I find the whole endeavor depressing and prefer to spend my ...Read more

Cousin Escaping Mom's Abuse Needs To Find Her Own Space

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 21-year-old college student. Recently, my cousin (also 21) moved in with my parents and me because her mom is verbally and mentally abusive. Lately, I'm having issues with her being here.

She constantly barges into my room, leaving me no time for myself. Most days she ends up napping in my bed instead of hers, leaving drool on ...Read more

Man In Relationship Wants More Than Sleeping On Floor

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 40-year-old man, divorced with teenage children, and have been exclusively dating a woman who has a 4-year-old daughter. There have been no clashes between our children.

We have yet to have sex. When I'm over at her place, I sleep on the living room floor either on an inflatable air mattress (her idea) or in a sleeping bag (my...Read more

Daughter Turned Against Mom Must Be Set Straight

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have a problem with my two younger sisters. Neither one can have children. I have three.

Recently, one of my sisters turned my sweetest daughter against me by telling her I had abandoned her when I moved to Ohio with my oldest son and divorced their father. Not true! I left my daughter with my sister so she could experience raising...Read more

Needy Wife Can't Let Her Husband Out Of Her Sight

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: This is my second marriage. My first husband died when our daughter was 5 months old. I met my current husband, Robert, when she was 6. We have a wonderful relationship as a couple and as a family. He's an amazing husband and father. We now have another child who is 7 months old.

I fear I have become a problem for Robert. I'm so ...Read more

Smartphone Fact-Checking Is A Conversational Irritant

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: How should I respond to someone who keeps her smartphone on and fact-checks anything that is mentioned in a group conversation? She's my brother's girlfriend, Marla, and she's not a teenager. She's in her late 40s. I consider it rude. She invariably interjects a comment to confirm or dispute whatever has been said by saying, Well, ...Read more

Mother Of The Bride Resists Overtures From Groom's Mom

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am recently engaged, and both my fiance and his mother keep trying to set up play dates between his mom, my mom and me. I understand this may be a social norm so the mothers of an engaged couple can get to know each other during the engagement. However, my mom wants nothing to do with these dates.

Mom works long hours in the ...Read more

Ex-Husband's Parade Of Dates Interferes With His Dad Time

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been divorced for a year and have two boys, ages 8 and 9. During this time, my ex-husband has introduced three different women to my children and recently introduced them to a new girlfriend he has been seeing for a few weeks. The first day that they met the girlfriend, he had the children spend the night at her place. The ...Read more

Handyman's Unwanted Attention Ruins Excitement Of New Job

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: About six months ago, I started a new job I really enjoy. A handyman who does odd jobs around the building was working on the floor in my area. He was chatty and I made polite conversation, but now things have escalated.

He has started contacting me on social media to the point where I had to block him. He tries to talk to me daily ...Read more

Couple's Spare Bedroom Is No Longer Open For Guests

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: We are a married couple in our 60s and have no close family. Before retirement, we would playfully tease each other that when we retired, we'd turn our spare bedroom into a fun fantasy adult room. Fast forward -- we now have our special room, and we're having a blast.

Well, we got a call from distant relatives who will be heading our...Read more

Pediatrician's Bedside Manner Rubs Mother The Wrong Way

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I recently took my 5-year-old, Ralphie, to his pediatrician. While we were waiting to see the doctor, Ralphie played a game on my phone. Then the doctor knocked on the door, entered, said hi and smiled. He called my son's name and immediately, without any prompts to get Ralphie's attention, proceeded to take the phone from my son's ...Read more

Son Won't Stand Up To Dad Who Puts His Girlfriend Down

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been with my boyfriend, Jake, for a year and a half. To put it mildly, his dad does not like me. He has never thought I was good enough for his son, and he doesn't like the fact that I have a daughter from an earlier relationship. He thinks I'm interested in Jake only for his money, even though I work a full-time job and Jake ...Read more

Woman Learns She Has Hiv, But Refuses To Inform Her Ex

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My friend Camilla recently learned that she is HIV positive. She became aware of it through a blood test, as she is pregnant. The baby's father has been tested and he was negative. Her future health is of no concern because the situation is under control. Camilla hasn't been unfaithful, and it is clear she has been HIV positive for ...Read more

Husband Bristles At Wife's Friendship With Gay Man

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been happily married to my husband, Mark, for 20 years. My best friend, Eric, is a gay man. For some reason, Mark is threatened by my friendship with Eric. Whenever Eric calls or texts, my husband becomes resentful. It has reached the point that I feel like I need to hide phone calls and texts, and sneak around in order to talk...Read more

Man's Cold Reaction To Wife's Miscarriage Adds To Her Pain

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband, Rob, and I are at odds and your response may affect whether we stay together or not. I had a miscarriage a week ago. I was only seven weeks pregnant, but it was still something real for me.

My husband's niece's birthday was over the weekend. I made it clear that I didn't want to drive (three hours!) and be around people ...Read more

Grandma Is Demanding Hostess During Family's Annual Visits

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: We visit my grandmother out of state once a year. After our visits, I usually leave feeling defeated. A few reasons why:

She leaves multiple notes around reminding us to clean up after ourselves. There's a note in the shower that says, Please wipe down shower walls after use. She asks me to change the sheets or launder our towels ...Read more


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