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Guest's Behavior At Wedding Earns No Thanks From Bride

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: During my wedding reception a month ago, one of the guests (a friend of my mom's) poured a glass of water on the DJ's laptop because he felt the music was too loud and he wanted it shut down. My husband was furious and asked the guest to leave. The incident was blamed on too much alcohol, and it ruined the rest of the evening. Many ...Read more

Girl Who Wants To Date Might Start First With Small Groups

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm 15 and my parents won't let me date. I try to talk to them about it often, but they are convinced I'm going to get hurt or lose my virginity. I think I'm old enough to have a small relationship. I don't believe in premarital sex, and neither does the guy I like. I know I'm mature enough to date. I don't want to date just because ...Read more

Donation Of Kidney Ends With Loss Of A Friendship

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My friend Virginia and I have known each other for 11 years. Five years ago she went into renal failure and was on dialysis for three years. It was hard on her and she needed a kidney transplant. Her three healthy siblings refused to be tested as a possible match.

Virginia is on the young side, and she was in such a bad way I agreed ...Read more

Dad Dating Ex-Wife Causes Daughter To Feel Betrayed

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have a complicated family situation. My dad was married to a woman named Cynthia for 16 years until they divorced. He met and married my mother the next year. My parents were married for 40 years, until Mom died of cancer a year ago. Since her death, I have gone with my dad to a few holiday events hosted at his other daughters' ...Read more

Proposition Reveals Secret Side Of Woman's Best Friend

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My best friend, Kate, approached me on a matter I'm uncomfortable with. For the last 12 years we have laughed, cried, consulted on everything we struggle with and shared our joys. Kate has a great marriage. I'm struggling with the decision to remain in mine.

Recently, Kate, her husband and I were on an outing when they mentioned a ...Read more

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


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