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Man's House Isn't Big Enough For Wife's Many Grandchildren

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been with my wife for 16 years. She has a grown daughter who's the mother of eight kids, but she only has five with her at this time.

My problem is, the daughter got evicted, and all of a sudden she brought her belongings to the house. She didn't ask or anything, she just showed up with the five kids and they are driving me up...Read more

Learning Disability Could Be Root Of Dropout's Problems

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm 18 and a freshman in college. My 16-year-old brother is supposed to be a junior in high school, but he's still taking freshman classes. He has gone to school maybe twice this year. He just gave up and dropped out.

All he does is stay home, sleep and text all day. It makes me angry because I don't work right now, but I clean, cook...Read more

Girlfriend Still In Closet Is Taking Her Time To Come Out

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a lesbian currently dating a woman who is still in the closet. She now identifies as bisexual. We have been dating for about a year.

The issue is that she is still in contact with a lot of her ex-boyfriends. I don't expect her to come out of the closet on my time. However, I do have a problem with her talking to ex-boyfriends ...Read more

Clerk Questions If She Should Report Potential Child Abuse

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 20-year-old college student and have had a job at the same retail store for two years. A few weeks ago, a mother walked in holding a baby that appeared to be about 6 months old. The first thing I noticed was that he had numerous bruises. There were pronounced bruises under both eyes, another large one on his temple, and several ...Read more

Supportive Friend Should Leave Therapy To An Expert

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a college student on the East Coast. A dear friend of mine who attends the same university goes home on break to the West Coast.

She was raped at a party. Over the summer break she found out she was pregnant and had an abortion. She's now suffering from some intense emotional and psychological problems and sees a campus ...Read more

Lost Dream Of Grandparenthood Leaves Hole In Woman's Heart

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have two wonderful children (28 and 30). Both are married and have great spouses.

Ever since I was a girl, I have dreamed of being a mother and a grandmother. My heartbreak is that neither of my children wants kids. Every time I hear that my sister or brother is becoming a grandparent again, my heart aches so bad I sit down and cry...Read more

Teen Sees Parents' Marriage Collapse From Front-Row Seat

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm 17 and the youngest in the family. My dad is cheating on my mom. My mom knows and has even told him she knows he's having an affair. He didn't apologize. His response was that he would still meet the other lady.

For the past few months, Mom has been gathering evidence so she can divorce him. None of my other siblings know. I feel...Read more

Family Never Learns To Let Up On Criticism Of Career Choice

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I grew up the third of four children. Both my older brothers chose to go into engineering (the field my father is in). I rocked the boat and opted to go into education. All during college and after, my parents continued to tell me I had chosen the wrong career and would never have any money.

Ten years later, I'm still getting ...Read more

Woman's Disappearing Act Ends Four-Year Relationship

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I was ghosted by a woman I had been in a long-distance relationship with. It lasted four years until one day she just never responded again.

We are both parents, both 30, so it's hard for me to understand how someone could do this to a person you've had a history with and claim to love. It seems like a child's reaction. I'm finding ...Read more

Woman Wants Photographer Boyfriend To Focus On Her

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I are mature adults who enjoy photography. He brings his camera when we go to the beach or sporting events -- even to the store. He's learning all the time about how to use light correctly and his zoom lens.

When we get back and I download the pics from his camera, the majority of shots are of women's chests, behinds...Read more

Woman's Move To New State Doesn't Bring New Friends

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I moved to a new state two years ago, mostly because I had a friend who lived here part-time. I have distanced myself from many of the people she has introduced me to because they all talk about each other behind their backs. They also don't work many hours and start drinking very early in the day.

The other night I had my friend and...Read more

Not Voting Is Indication Of Apathy, Not Principle

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My 72-year-old husband believes that not voting in the upcoming presidential election is making a statement because he can't tolerate any of the candidates. He believes that not voting is telling the political parties to offer more acceptable candidates.

I believe that not voting makes no statement at all because many of those...Read more

Covert Use Of Speakerphone Makes Caller Want To Clam Up

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: When I call my brother or sister, I expect my call to be private, just between the two of us. However, halfway through the call, other people in the household join the conversation or I'll hear pots and pans rattling. I consider this to be very rude.

I realize in this era of technology a speakerphone is a convenience, but I feel the ...Read more

Teen Struggles To Adapt To Dad's Strict Parenting

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 13-year-old girl in the eighth grade. I moved in with my father and his girlfriend five months ago. (My mom is estranged.)

They are very strict and controlling. I'm not allowed to go anywhere, have friends over or be in my room with my phone for any amount of time, and I have to do all the chores in the summertime. They also go...Read more

Mom Balks At Supervising Ex's Visits With Daughters

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I was married to my husband for 15 years and we have a set of preteen twins. After he was arrested and put in prison for possession of child pornography, I divorced him. After much counseling, it was determined that he had not hurt our children.

He will be released soon, and I don't want to see him. However, my twins do want to see ...Read more

Husband's Partisan Politics Are Dominating Social Visits

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband is very political, and around election time he becomes engrossed in news shows. He has a habit of showing his favorite political news clips to friends when they visit.

I am uncomfortable with this, as I feel our friends are too polite to decline, and they allow my husband to preach politics to them out of courtesy to the ...Read more

Doctor's Wife Serves Penance After Being Caught In Affair

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Four years ago, after three years of marriage, I had a brief affair and was caught by my husband, who is a doctor. We had little girls, so he decided not to divorce me, but I had to cut my long hair short in a man's style and stop wearing makeup or jewelry except for my wedding ring. He donated all my designer clothes, and bought me ...Read more

Friend In Long Relationship Signals She May Want Out

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 25-year-old lesbian from a suburban area outside the Twin Cities. It's not easy finding other gay women in this area, unless I visit Minneapolis, which I don't enjoy. I always seem to fall for straight girls or girls who have always been straight but are bi-curious, which never ends well for me.

My current situation has me ...Read more

Basic Information Is Critical For Emergency Responders

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 911 dispatcher with some hints for your readers in case they need emergency services and must call 911.

PLEASE pay attention to where you are. The most important information we need is the address of the emergency. If you are on the highway, tell us the Interstate and closest mile marker, as well as your direction of travel. ...Read more

Widow Ready To Date Again Hesitates To Take First Step

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband of 26 years passed away unexpectedly at age 46. This was 2 1/2 years ago. I have not yet started dating; however, I finally feel like I'd like to.

I have an old friend from high school whom I have never dated, but I would like to explore the possibility. He lives in another town and we occasionally message on Facebook.

I ...Read more


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