Annie's Mailbox / Life Advice

Annie's Mailbox for 9/26/2014

Dear Annie: I am an 11-year-old boy and the youngest in my family. My sister is 22 years old and married to a bully. "Chris" is always mean to me when no one is watching. He punches and kicks me and shoves me into things. One time, he drove me to ...

Annie's Mailbox for 9/25/2014

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for four years. We were high school sweethearts. We were both briefly married to other people before reuniting, and my husband has a child from his first marriage. My husband was raised by his ...

Annie's Mailbox for 9/24/2014

Dear Annie: I notice that often the advice you offer is to "get counseling." But what happens in counseling? Can you explain how it helps? -- L.

Dear L.: The point of counseling or therapy is to help you determine what it is you want to ...

Annie's Mailbox for 9/23/2014

Dear Annie: I am a widow in my mid-70s and am comfortably well off. A year after my husband's death, I moved to an apartment in a smaller city in order to be closer to my daughter's family. However, they have their own lives and rarely include me ...

Annie's Mailbox for 9/22/2014

Dear Annie: My brother, "Ned," worked alongside my dad for many years. Now that Dad is getting up in years, Ned has taken over the business.

Ned has had a drinking problem for a long time. Ten years ago, he landed a lucrative contract for the ...

Annie's Mailbox for 9/21/2014

Dear Annie: I am in a relationship with a man I met through an online dating site. I hadn't known him long when he broke up with me. But shortly after our relationship ended, I found out I was pregnant. We didn't talk much at the beginning of my ...