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Lesbian Mom's Son Hesitates To Accept New Kids As Siblings

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 22-year-old male and my brother, Brian, is 14. When I was 9, our parents split up. After a year, Mom realized she was a lesbian. She is married now to a younger woman, and they are starting a family through in vitro fertilization. Mom's wife is carrying twins -- a boy and a girl.

When I first heard about their plans to ...Read more

Family's Pantry Has Become Neighbor Kids' Favorite Buffet

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: We recently moved to a new neighborhood. Soon thereafter, some kids who were at our house playing with our kids began rooting through my pantry for snacks. A few days later, kids from another family did the same thing. (I would die of embarrassment if I found out mine ever behaved that way.)

I began stocking the pantry with snacks ...Read more

Jail Is Just Punishment For Dui Even Though No One Got Hurt

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am normally a law-abiding citizen. I was pulled over a half-block away from picking up my son and charged with DUI.

I don't dispute the facts, but I didn't injure anyone. I had taken prescription meds (the meds did have warnings) in addition to having drunk three beers two hours earlier. I hurt myself and my son, because he needed ...Read more

Boyfriend Reveals That His Soul Mate Died Years Ago

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been close to my best friend for three years. A year ago we decided to date. We have a wonderful relationship on almost every level. The only issue I have is that he's reluctant to open up about his past. He is a very private person, and I know it's because of his upbringing. This has sparked many debates between us that have ...Read more

Family Pet-Sitter Helps Herself To Homeowner's Possessions

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: A trusted and beloved family member who takes care of my cats -- and therefore has a key to my house -- has been stealing things like cleaning supplies, knickknacks, family pictures, etc. Most of them have little monetary value. But imagine my surprise when I spotted some of my missing seashell collection in her fish tank!

Naturally,...Read more

Hidden Security Cameras Are Shocking Surprise For Daughter

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 19-year-old woman in college who still lives with my parents. I found out something several weeks ago that's bothering me, and I need advice badly.

Years ago, after a robbery, my parents installed security cameras outside our house. I knew about them because they were visible. But apparently some were installed that I knew ...Read more

Woman Discovers Man's Eyes Aren't Wandering By Accident

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 58-year-old, twice divorced, hard-working, middle-class female. I spend most of my time working and involved with my three adult children. About a year ago I started dating someone. He is 63, very helpful and claims he's madly in love with me and appreciates this opportunity for a normal, wholesome life.

Occasionally I'll ...Read more

Wedding May Be Wrong Time For Found Father To Reappear

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am 32 and getting married in a year. My biological father lives in Spain and has never been to the U.S. My mother met him when she was teaching English there. I was born in the states and never knew or spoke to my dad growing up. When I was 5, I was adopted by my mom's then-husband.

At 20, while studying in Spain, I located my ...Read more

Grandma's Pictures Don't Make The Cut In Mom's Memory Book

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Throughout my three grandchildren's lives, I have picked them up from school, and attended school functions, games and activities in which they have participated. Their parents work, and I was helping out.

I have given them money for camps, clothes for all changes of season, and anything they especially needed or wanted. I baby-sat ...Read more

Wife Fears Husband's Health Puts Her Future In Jeopardy

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am the 24/7 caregiver for my husband, Earl. We were both widowed when we married nine years ago. His daughter, Mindy, hasn't talked to her father for six years -- hasn't called, emailed or even sent a birthday card. If he tried calling her, she wouldn't pick up.

Recently, Earl had a serious health problem resulting in a colostomy ...Read more

Mom's Helpful Hints Become Criticism In Girlfriend's Ears

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm frustrated about how to connect with my young adult son's 18-year-old girlfriend. He told me she has a bad relationship with her divorced parents, so he's hoping we can bond.

A problem that comes up frequently is, she's so anxious to show me how skilled and knowledgeable she is, she misses any tips and techniques I try to subtly ...Read more

Daughter Struggles To Resolve Mom's Failure To Defend Her

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm in my early 50s, disabled and live with my elderly mother. Between the ages of 8 and 11 I was sexually abused by my adoptive father. My mother finally caught him in the act, but the next day they acted like nothing had happened. He never did it again, and it was never spoken about, ever.

I have read about women who caught their ...Read more

Wife Learns Man Was Seeking More Than Exercise At The Gym

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been with my husband for 10 years. We were married six months ago. Before the wedding, we had some breakups. During one of them, he dated another woman briefly. The encounter led to her becoming pregnant, and she gave birth to a boy who is now a year old. I learned about her and her pregnancy five months before our wedding, but...Read more

Hospital Worker Violated Law By Reading Husband's Records

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Concerned in Massachusetts (Feb. 20) used her status as a hospital employee to access her husband's medical records and found a history of STDs. I'm a registered nurse with 40 years' experience. Every healthcare organization I know of teaches all their employees about HIPAA violations and that accessing private patient medical ...Read more

Curious Daughter Discovers A Bombshell In Mom's Diary

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I recently found a notebook of my mom's. On the outside cover it said, Disclaimer: Do Not Open Unless You're Me! Being the curious soul that I am, I opened it despite the disclaimer.

As I flipped through the pages, I learned many things about my mom that I didn't know, like her faith in God and how the things that happened in her ...Read more

Renter Hesitates To Act On Violence Next Door

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am currently renting a room in the house of the mother of a friend of mine. The house is also shared with my friend's younger sister, who is in a relationship with another woman. Their relationship is pretty violent. The other night I was in my room, which is located next to the sister's room, and could hear her beating up on her ...Read more

Dating Behind Parents' Back Won't Prove Teen's Maturity

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend, Aidan, and I have been dating for three months. I want to tell my parents, but I don't know how. They say I'm too young and immature to date. I'll be 16 in five months. They say Aidan is obsessed with me and they don't want me staying in an unhealthy relationship.

My parents think I'm not talking to Aidan, but I really ...Read more

Secret Engagement Should Stay Secret Awhile Longer

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been dating my boyfriend, Derek, for four years. After a night of emotion-filled discussion, he asked me to marry him. I said yes, but it has always been a difficult idea for me to wrap my head around. I'm turning 21 and although that may be old enough for some people to get married and have kids, it scares the heck out of me. ...Read more

Teacher And Heroin Addict Share A 'crazy Chemistry'

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 24-year-old teacher and graduate student. I have started dating a new man, Winston, who makes me feel incredible. We have crazy chemistry like I've never had before, and our personalities work perfectly together.

Here's the problem. Winston is a recovering heroin addict with horrible credit and two felony charges related to ...Read more

Teen Booklet Will Help Parents Start Conversation About Sex

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Do you have any information or advice on how to talk to my 12-year-old stepdaughter about sex? I have a pretty good idea about where to take the conversation. I don't plan to make it a big deal -- not so serious as to scare her, but not too lighthearted either. You never know what kids are saying about it in school these days. I want ...Read more

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