DEAR ABBY: I'm a 16-year-old girl, just starting to dip my toes into the dating scene. It's not that I haven't wanted a boyfriend in the past, but I live in a rural area where options are few.
I am becoming close with a guy who lives near me, and I care a lot about him. Therein lies the problem. We're getting to the point where we are finding ...Read more
DEAR ABBY: I am 23 years old, working full-time as a teacher and I'm about to move out of my parents' house. I have decided to have breast augmentation surgery, and I know the best time to do it would be this summer so I'll have time to recover before school starts.
The problem is my parents are adamantly against my having this surgery. I've ...Read more
DEAR ABBY: My son, Rick, and daughter-in-law, Amy, seem to really dislike me. I try to be kind and not pry, but they live with me and it can make for a full house. They have had job difficulties and work injuries that brought them back to my home. Her parents don't care for my son, so living there was not an option.
Amy does not help at all ...Read more
DEAR ABBY: I'm a 17-year-old girl. Last weekend I lost my virginity in the back seat of a stranger's car. I feel guilty about it and I haven't told anyone. I'm not sure if he has.
I need some advice on whether I should be making a big deal out of it, or just ignore it and move on. -- ANXIOUS IN OHIO
DEAR ANXIOUS: Please don't ignore it. You ...Read more
DEAR ABBY: May I comment on your response to Got Here First in Pennsylvania (Jan. 7), who asked whether someone sitting at the end of a church pew should move if someone comes and says it's his or her favorite seat?
There are many reasons why people remain sitting at the end of a pew: an allergy to perfumes can be overwhelming if you're sitting...Read more
DEAR ABBY: I have known Dean for 10 years. We have been living together for two. Since the beginning, he has struggled with depression, anxiety and anger issues. Occasionally he has explosive episodes where he'll throw things and punch or kick inanimate objects.
Recently things escalated. He was angry with himself after getting angry with me ...Read more
DEAR ABBY: My best friend is going through a divorce and has moved back in with her parents, who are driving her crazy. She doesn't have enough money to live on her own, so I offered to have her move in with me.
The more I think about it, the more I regret having said it. I enjoy living by myself. Also, she wants us to move to an area of the ...Read more
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
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
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
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
DEAR ABBY: My husband, Rory, and I both come from close families. Whenever something is wrong, troublesome, etc., in either of our families, we have meetings where the entire immediate family comes together to discuss the issue.
The problem is, I am not invited to his! It's not like I'm a recent addition to this family. Rory and I dated for 15 ...Read more
DEAR ABBY: I'm 38, married for 16 years and the mother of two small children. I was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer and had a hysterectomy to remove it.
My husband has cheated more than once in the past, and since my recovery I have realized I never forgave him for it. I kept quiet and pretended I didn't know. Now I am bitter, angry and ...Read more
DEAR ABBY: My 34-year-old, single, independent son completely ignores me. He won't answer texts, emails, postal mail or phone calls. Weeks and months go by with no meaningful conversation between us.
I am sick of it, and tired of being treated so disrespectfully. I thought I had raised my son to be more thoughtful of others, especially his ...Read more
DEAR ABBY: I have had a very strained relationship with my father for many years. My mother and I are not close because she was incarcerated for most of my life until recently.
I am 16 now, and just found out I'm pregnant. No one knows except the father of my child. For some reason, he is thrilled for us. I, on the other hand, am terrified of ...Read more
DEAR ABBY: My cousin Opal and I grew up together. We were always close. She has gone through some rough times, and I have been trying to help her out.
She has five children (ages 10 to 2) and I have one child who is 13. The fathers of her children are not helpful. I recently completed my education and am looking for work, so money is tight.
DEAR ABBY: I am heartbroken. I have an uncle Tony I'm close to, who is like my best friend. I was sending him pictures of a football game and he sent me back a very inappropriate picture of himself. He says it was a mistake, that it was supposed to go to his wife, but the text message he sent with it showed different.
I don't want to be around ...Read more
DEAR ABBY: I'm the mother of an 18-year-old daughter. Her dad and I are divorced and she lives with him. We were married 20 years and I know he's a good parent, except for one thing. My daughter has told me her father and his partner sometimes engage in very loud lovemaking when she's in her room, and it embarrasses her. She's shy to begin with,...Read more
DEAR ABBY: When I turned 25, after considering it for years, I went to my doctor and told him I wanted to become sterile. I got a vasectomy two months later. I haven't had any regrets, and now at 27, I'm still firmly convinced that I don't want children -- ever.
I started dating a woman a year ago, Anita, who told me that if she never had kids,...Read more
DEAR ABBY: My wife, Connie, and I have been together for 30 years and have a wonderful marriage. She's a schoolteacher, and I travel on business often. I think the time away from each other is good; it gives us a chance to enjoy some me time.
Connie is a genuinely nice person and makes friends easily, which I admire. However, over the last five...Read more