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Brother With Repeat Offenses Doesn't Merit Sister's Support

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My brother is older than I am and has been in and out of prison. He has stolen my things and pawned them.

I am married, and my husband and I are expecting our first child. We live in a time zone several hours behind the one my family is in. I am now receiving phone calls at 4 o'clock in the morning from collection agencies on the ...Read more

Nonstop Talkers Take A Toll On Those Stuck Listening

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have noticed that some people in my age group (60s) are becoming compulsive talkers. These people don't ask questions of those around them. When someone begins to speak, the compulsive talker interrupts, usually in a louder voice and returns to dominating the conversation. Some of them continue to ramble on even when no one is ...Read more

Trauma In Teen's Past Is A Secret She Should Keep

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

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

Timing Is Right For Plastic Surgery, But Parents Object

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

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

Resentment Is The Thanks Mom Gets For Helping Son's Family

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

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

Girl Who Lost Her Virginity Must Learn To Protect Herself

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

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

Readers Have Strong Views On Claiming Seats In Church

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

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

Woman's Explosive Boyfriend Must Learn To Control His Fuse

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

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

Friend Regrets Offer To Room With Woman Getting Divorce

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

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

Excitement Over Pregnancy Is Dulled By Husband's Restraint

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

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

Friend's Food Criticism Is Hard For Couple To Swallow

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

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

Girl's Embarrassment Is Signal It's Time For A Shaving Lesson

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

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

Sexually Active Women Must Be Vigilant About Protection

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

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

Husband's Family Meetings Leave Wife Out Of The Loop

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

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

Friendly Divorce May Be Best For Wife In Unhappy Marriage

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

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

Mom Threatens To Fight Son's Silence With Silence Of Her Own

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

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

Pregnant Teen Weighs Best Options For Her Baby's Future

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

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

Mother Of Five Tests Limits Of Cousin's Ability To Help

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

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.

...Read more

Favorite Uncle Reveals Himself With A Shocking Sext Message

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

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

Father's Noisy Lovemaking Is Pain To Daughter's Ears

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

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

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