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A Promiscuous Former Life

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been together since we were just out of high school. We've been married for 18 years, and we have three glorious children. We have a great relationship, but I recently discovered she was extremely promiscuous in high school and found out she slept with many of our friends, some of whom are still in our social ...Read more

Sister loses sleep over unethical relationship

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I recently learned that my younger sister is dating a married man. They've been dating for many months.

Of course, he claims that he was never in love with his wife, etc. They have children. She portrays him as the victim, trapped in an unhappy marriage.

They seem to be dating openly. Her friends have met him and their co-workers ...Read more

Daughter Of Self-Centered Mom Craves A Role Model

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My mother is extremely self-centered. Ever since I can remember, everything has always been about her. That's probably why she and Dad split. You can't have a conversation with her without her turning it around and making it about her.

I'm 25. I just want to have a regular conversation with my mom without her somehow bringing the ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 9/19/2017

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I am 23 years old and have been dating "Tom" for two years. He works in a demanding job that requires an extensive amount of travel. He's away almost six months of the year.

When Tom isn't traveling, he's with me during the week, but spends most weekends going places with his fraternity or visiting his parents. This means for the ...Read more

Limiting kids' screen time, with flexibility

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My husband and I have an ongoing disagreement about how much technology we allow in the kids' lives. They're exposed to so much of it during the week that I think the weekends should serve as "nature retreats" (so to speak). I worry that we're depriving the kids when we let their world ...Read more

Ostracized Because of Sexual Orientation

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am a 15-year-old boy, and my family hates me because I am gay. For as long as I can remember, I've known I am attracted to other guys. My parents found out last year and became extremely angry with me. All I feel now is their hatred. They say I am a disgrace. Though they still take care of my needs -- food, clothes, shelter, etc....Read more

Sisters ponder forcing elderly mother to move

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My sister and I are having difficulties dealing with our aging mother. Our parents are divorced, and because my sister lives several states away, most of the responsibility falls to me.

My mother lives about an hour from me. She is 79 and lives on her own. We have determined that it would be best that my mother move to an independent ...Read more

Woman Finds Perfect Partner, But Still Prefers To Be Alone

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been dating a great guy for a few months. He treats me well and seems to care about me and my family. He offers to help with the bills and cleaning my place. He's also kind and honest, and he's actually the first guy I have ever dated I feel I can fully trust.

I was single for years before we started dating, and during all ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 9/18/2017

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My brother and I grew up in the shadow of our older sister, "Nina." Nina had new clothes while we had stained, torn hand-me-downs. If I asked for something, I was called a "spoiled, selfish brat." If our plans conflicted with Nina's, we had to cancel ours. Mom always favored her. Nina's needs always came before ours. My father didn...Read more

Anti-social husband remains stubbornly anti-social

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

From the April 11, 2017, column ( "My husband tries to attend all [his] nephews' games. I have no interest in spending my weekends or weeknights attending children's soccer matches, tennis matches or basketball games. ... My husband gets upset when I refuse to go. He thinks it ...Read more

Style Imitator

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: After going to college out of state and graduating a few years ago, I moved home with my parents so I could save money while attending graduate school. Recently, my mom has started to get on my last nerve. If I look good in an outfit, she goes out and buys the same thing. Though this has been happening since high school, it's been ...Read more

Facebook message creates marital mess

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My husband and I have been together for more than 25 years.

Two years ago my husband got a message on his phone while he was driving. He asked me to look at it. I got on his phone and it was a Facebook message from our son. But I also saw another message exchange between my husband and an ex-girlfriend of his from college.

When I ...Read more

Husband prioritizes texting over conversation with wife

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Hi, Carolyn!

My husband has an annoying habit of picking up his phone the second he gets a text message, even mid-conversation, and then dropping everything else to respond right away. This irks me.

I am uncomfortable being confrontational and so will often build up resentment gradually until I get disproportionately upset. I am working on...Read more

Different Approaches To Religion Are Likely To Drive Couple Apart

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: For the first time in my life, I am in love. We met about a month ago. I know he's the man I have waited my entire life to meet. I am 33, so I know what I feel isn't just lust. We have one huge hurdle, though: religion. He's actively religious, while I am not, and he doesn't believe our relationship can survive this difference.

On ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 9/17/2017

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: Am I strange? I like to keep my house clean and neat. In addition, I check for items that may need fixing so the house is not in disrepair. Although friends and family think I am "anal," I do not feel that I am obsessive.

I also have many fears, some of which are entirely baseless. I am in anguish if I have to travel on a highway,...Read more

The Hostile Parent

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My father was always a good financial provider to our family when I was growing up. Beyond that, he showed us little affection. He is now 69 years old and has had some health issues over the past few years. My parents recently moved to be closer to me, and I have found that with that also comes a lot of stress, anger and resentment...Read more

It's hard to get rid of guests in Hawaii

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I recently hosted my sibling and their spouse at my home for three days. It had been several years since we'd seen each other. Because I live in Hawaii, we get a lot of, "Hey, I'm coming out there on vacation" from family and friends, with the unspoken hope of staying with us.

My sibling and spouse had come as part of a package tour, ...Read more

In-Laws Could Pose A Threat To Couple's Reconciliation

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 15 years and love my wife very much, but we drifted apart. Then I went and did something really stupid and had an affair. It lasted only a few weeks, and I regret it. My now-ex-wife and I are still working on our relationship. Yes, it was the wrong thing to do, but because of the affair, we have grown closer ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 9/16/2017

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I've been friends with a small group of people since junior high. We're in our late 50s now, and though none of us has set the world on fire, we have good families and stable careers. All except "Joe."

Ever since he was a boy, Joe dreamed of making it big in a profession in which, with a good deal of skill and some luck, you can ...Read more

Not keen on a wedding shower

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi Carolyn!

I'm getting married in six months! I'm getting pressure from friends who want to throw me a wedding shower. It's really not my thing. Is this kind of pomp and circumstance required?

-- Don't Want a Wedding Shower

If you wake up one morning with the head of a marzipan dove in your ...Read more


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