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Worried About a Soldier

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am 13 years old, and I have a problem that I am too embarrassed to talk about with anyone at home or school.

My stepbrother is 19 years old, and he enlisted in the Army after he graduated from high school. I don't know why I feel this way, but I am scared to death that something bad is going to happen to him. Sometimes it keeps ...Read more

Toxic family member manipulates matriarch

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: Without going into lengthy detail, we have been dealing with a bad relative for at least five years. We have constantly dealt with their inappropriate behavior. It has gotten to the point now that we don't even want to deal with this person anymore, but if we cut ties, they twist stories around and make us look bad.

This person cries ...Read more

Daughter's Identity As Asexual Is Not Welcomed By Her Mom

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have recently started disclosing to close friends and family that I am asexual (someone who experiences no sexual attraction to any person). For the most part they have been supportive, but my mother and one of my friends are having trouble accepting it. I have told them I do not want children and that I am repulsed by the thought ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/22/2017

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My husband and I were both widowed before meeting. We are now 70 and have been happily married for six years. We both have grown children.

Everything is good in our blended family except for my son's wife. "Stacy" has been a thorn in my side from the day they married 20 years ago. My former husband and I always managed to keep her...Read more

Respect for Time

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have a sister-in-law who always has spur-of-the-moment birthday parties for her children -- usually just giving us all one day's notice. They are active in school activities and sports. All of these activities have schedules planned weeks in advance, but my sister-in-law's excuse is that the parties have to be "squeezed in" when ...Read more

Victimized granddaughter seeks compensation

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am a 23-year-old female. Recently, my grandfather (my mother's father) died. He and I were estranged due to his ongoing molestation of me and my cousin, culminating in him raping me when I was 11. He was never punished, but I had no further contact with him.

I have been promised an inheritance after his death, which I am really ...Read more

Wife Whose Husband Fights Dirty May Need A Clean Break

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Because I had a promiscuous past prior to getting married, it was understandable that my husband and I have gone through some rough patches. It's been three years since our wedding, and he still can't let it go sometimes. A recent argument just escalated into his calling me a whore and stupid. We have a beautiful little girl together,...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/21/2017

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been married for 30 years. She has a son from her first marriage who lives in another state. We haven't been to "Keith's" house in four years because my wife has some health problems that keep her from traveling. Her relationship with Keith has always been turbulent.

Keith and his wife are in the process of ...Read more

Unwanted Tunes

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I go to a small school, with only a handful of people in my graduating year. We've all known one another since kindergarten and first grade, and we all spend our time talking and interacting as a group.

Sometimes at the lunch table -- or when a conversation dies down and we're sitting in comfortable silence -- one of my friends, "...Read more

One-night stand brings on ethical dilemma

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am a 20-year-old woman who has been in a two-year relationship with a guy who has been my good friend for seven years.

Last summer, we were apart for three months when I moved across the country for an internship.

Things were rough, I was very lonely and I had a drunken one-night stand.

I didn't care about the person, I was just ...Read more

Angry Daughter-In-Law May Want More Free Baby Sitting

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My daughter-in-law is extremely jealous of the close relationship I have with my daughter. If I spend time with my daughter and grandson, she gets mad at me and keeps my grandchildren from me. I need advice on how to handle her. I get her children almost every weekend. I work a full-time job, but she feels like I should have them more...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/20/2017

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I have two grown children, both married with kids. My youngest, "Carrie," has a 14-year-old daughter who has been seeing a boy for a year.

The other day, we were visiting Carrie, and my granddaughter and her boyfriend got very cozy at the dining room table while we were eating dinner. They started kissing and making out in front ...Read more

Romantic Gifts Early On

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: In the past, Valentine's Day usually made me anxious because I didn't have a date. This year, I'm nervous for the exact opposite reason. I've just started dating a great guy, "Jeff," and he just asked me to officially be his girlfriend -- a few weeks before Valentine's Day. We were talking about how we wouldn't be able to spend the...Read more

Family group wonders how to split cabin cost

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My three siblings and I are planning a mountain getaway for our parents' 50th wedding anniversary celebration. My parents will be in the master suite room. We have all agreed to split their cost and expenses as a gift.

When renting a large cabin with separate bedrooms, do you think singles should pay the same rate as couples? Should ...Read more

Late To Bed And Late To Rise Makes Mom And Kids Tardy

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I will be spending a couple of months visiting my daughter, who is a single mom. She has asked me to help her wake her 8- and 11-year-old kids in the morning and have them ready for school.

Unfortunately, she works some distance away from her home. The kids attend private school and are involved in sports. The problem is, they eat ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/19/2017

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My roommate, "Michelle," is suffering from depression. Six months ago, she suddenly lost interest in going out with friends and would cry for no reason. She began calling in sick so many times that she was fired. She cashed out her 401(k) and now sits in her room all day watching TV and eating. In the past six months, she has gone ...Read more

The Favorite Child

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: It has been over a year since my sister and I had a falling-out. She used to live with me but moved in with my mother. I have tried to reconcile with her to keep harmony within the family. I have been unsuccessful.

It appears that our mother has taken my sister's side in our disagreement and has treated me disrespectfully on many ...Read more

Groom ponders bridal shower etiquette

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am a groom-to-be. My fiancee and I grew up eight hours away from each other. My mother and my fiancee are close. Several months ago, my mom planned a bridal shower in my hometown. My fiancee's family was annoyed, upset and somewhat hostile about this, thinking that my mother was trying to usurp their role.

My mother had assumed that...Read more

Parents Shouldn’T Act As Family Go-Betweens

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My wife’s family will host get-togethers and her parents will extend invitations to them on others’ behalf.

We have a strained relationship with her extended family due to our not understanding or not following whatever social conventions they have that we haven’t lived up to. ...Read more

Bride Wants Wedding Guests To Check Politics At The Door

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My fiance and I are getting married in a year. We have some very close gay friends, and I have gay family members on my mom's side. The majority of our family is gay-friendly, but a few of them on my father's side are very open about their dislike of the LGBT community.

Our ceremony will be at a Unitarian Universalist church because ...Read more


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