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Boyfriend's Belittling Sister Makes Woman Feel Small

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I've been with my boyfriend, Jake, for two years. We are both 32. Since the beginning, his sister, Michelle (who is 26), has never liked me. Jake admits there's no reason for it. He thinks she's just looking out for him because he's had bad relationships in the past.

Michelle makes me very uncomfortable during family events by making...Read more

Mom Suspects Military Wife Is Retreating From Her Husband

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My daughter and son-in-law are both in the military. Currently her husband is stationed elsewhere. They have a 6-month-old daughter, and I'm staying with her to help her out for now. I have a gut feeling that she is cheating. Do I have the right to ask her? -- WORRIED MOTHER IN CALIFORNIA

DEAR WORRIED: Of course you do -- that's what...Read more

Woman In Modest Housing Discourages Dropping By

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I lost my longtime job but have remained in contact with a few former co-workers, meeting for an occasional lunch or dinner. One woman in particular has been pushing to meet at my place. Abby, I'm not proud of where I live now, and I don't want to have to explain this to her.

So far, I have side-stepped by saying that I prefer to get...Read more

Sister Marrying Loser Needs All The Support She Can Get

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My sister, Dawn, recently got engaged to a man I detest. They have been dating for two years. I don't trust him, and I believe he is controlling her. He has lied to me and to my parents, and has strained Dawn's relationship with our family by constantly making her choose between either him or us.

Dawn worked hard to earn her master's...Read more

Profession Of Love Comes Too Soon For Divorcee Now Dating

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a recent divorcee who has started dating again. I have been seeing this guy -- also divorced -- for a few months, and he recently told me he loves me. There's definitely a mutual attraction, but I'm not ready for love again, which we've discussed in great detail.

When I ask him why he loves me, he can't answer specifically. His ...Read more

Husband's New Acting Career Gets Bad Reviews From Family

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been happily married for 20 years to an amazing man, Boyd. Eight months ago, he left his administrative job to pursue his lifelong dream of becoming an actor. He is working hard on auditions and shoots, and I am very proud of him. However, when he left his job, it felt to me like a pronouncement rather than the result of our ...Read more

Husband Feels Overworked At His Job And In His Bed

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am 23, married for four years and have three children. My wife and I have always had strong sex drives. I recently accepted a dream job that pays very well. On the downside, I work 12 to 14 hours a day, and by the time I get home I'm exhausted.

I love my wife very much and want to meet her needs, but she wants sex every night. I'm ...Read more

Grandparents Don't Approve Of Kids' Creative Clothing

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: While our 6-year-old enjoys the positive attention he receives from his often unusual and imaginative clothing choices, his grandparents feel we are being disrespectful to others by allowing him and our other children to wear these outfits in public.

Neither my husband nor I was permitted freedom of expression as children, and we ...Read more

Daughter With Resentful Mom Must Create Firm Boundaries

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am 32, married for a year and a half, with no children yet. I am an only child who was raised by my mother until I was 14 because my father was in prison. My mother never remarried. She blames me for her never having found anyone, and she is resentful of my marriage. She doesn't get along with anyone, not family, co-workers or ...Read more

Group Of Friends Splinters Following Sleepover Snub

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My 11-year-old daughter recently asked to have a sleepover with some of her best friends. She's part of a club with five other girls. Four of them are her best friends, so she invited them. However, my daughter is not close with the fifth girl, Debbie. They don't hang out at school and barely hang out during their club activities.

...Read more

Children's Bedtime Routines Cause Mom To Lose Sleep

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: After the birth of our son, Ricky, my husband insisted he sleep in our bed with us. When our son was 3, I finally put my foot down because none of us were sleeping peacefully. Ricky is now 8, and my husband lies in his bed with him until he falls asleep.

Our daughter, Julie, was born 2 1/2 years ago. She slept in our bed until she ...Read more

Memories Of Awful Boyfriend Continue To Linger Years Later

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Years ago, I dated an awful guy. He possessed just about every negative quality you could imagine. I dated him anyway because I was immature, depressed and lonely.

Since we broke up and I got my mental health back on track, my life has been wonderful. I keep moving up and forward in life. I hear through the grapevine that his life, ...Read more

Living At Home Stops College Grad From Being Her True Self

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a bisexual female college graduate living at home, and an only child. I have had one sexual encounter with a woman but never a relationship. I have, however, had relationships with men.

I came out to my mother when I was a teenager. She didn't believe me, but did say that she would not mention it to my other parents or family ...Read more

Shy Woman Wants Some Tips For Starting A Conversation

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm an educated, attractive 24-year-old woman who hasn't dated much. I'm eager to break out of my shell and start putting myself out there, but I'm afraid my shyness may make me unapproachable.

How do I strike up a pleasant conversation with a cute guy at the gym or a friendly customer at work? It looks easy in the movies, but this ...Read more

Couple Fallen Out Of Love Should Fall Out Of Marriage

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Is it possible that people can just fall out of love with each other? We have been married for 21 years and have three kids who are older. Over the last five years, my wife and I have stopped communicating. We don't do anything together and have little desire to be with each other anymore.

We are good parents, but as far as being ...Read more

Husband's Request To Dress Up Seems Silly To Informal Wife

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife of 15 years is a beautiful lady I find more attractive every day. I compliment her often, but her self-image isn't particularly good. She's a top-level executive -- not your typical girly-girl.

She has never been the sexy-dress type, in the bedroom or out in public. She doesn't have to dress up for work on a daily basis ...Read more

Man's Nonstop Work Schedule Leaves Little Time For Wife

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a stay-at-home mom who doesn't work. My husband wants me at home, and I'm OK with that, but the problem is, he is now working two jobs and I never see him.

When he gets home, he's so exhausted he can't keep his eyes open. He sleeps only four hours a night. I'm afraid he will crash and burn from overwork and lack of sleep. I also...Read more

Son Becoming A Woman Seeks The Best Way To Tell Parents

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 26-year-old who is about to come out as transgender. I was born a male and will be transitioning into a female. My family doesn't know yet, and I have been debating for the past couple of years how to tell them.

My parents divorced when I was 2, and had a rocky relationship until recently. They both are now remarried and living...Read more

Teen's Friendship Is Strained After Moving Five Miles Away

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: We used to live in a neighborhood where my 13-year-old daughter's best friend, Mandy, still lives. They would play together and visit often and are well-suited in maturity and personality. Since we moved, Mandy has been to our new home (five miles away) a dozen times.

The last several times we have invited her to come over, she has ...Read more

Wife's Meticulous Grooming Becomes Troubling Obsession

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife has always been well groomed, with an obsessive interest in her fingernails and toenails. Every three or four days, she spends an hour trimming them.

Recently, I discovered that she has been keeping the nail trimmings. She actually has three large plastic containers full. When I confronted her, she claimed it soothes her to ...Read more


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