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Who Let the Dogs In?

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: First, may I start off by saying I love animals, especially dogs. I have had several dogs and loved them, as they loved me, unconditionally. But when did it come to be that all dogs are service dogs? When did it start being OK to bring a dog into a grocery, a pharmacy and even a restaurant? Today in a department store, there was a ...Read more

Woman upsets her mother by getting birth control

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am a 24-year-old college graduate living at home to save money for a place of my own.

I have been dating "Martin" for almost a year. We love each other and have talked about our future (i.e., marriage).

After a lot of discussion and research, we decided that it was appropriate to look into long-term birth control. About a month ago...Read more

How to respond to a kind, but unwelcome, gesture

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Dear Carolyn:

If someone does something nice for you but it turned out to be more of a hassle or you didn't appreciate the gesture, how do you politely tell them that you truly wish they hadn't? For example, someone gave you some chocolates or cupcakes when you are trying to lose weight. Or the baby sitter folded and put away all the clothes...Read more

Unwitting Comments From Dad Cause Childless Daughter Pain

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 40-year-old childless single woman. I spent several years doing various day care jobs and have great love for children, but due to female health issues, I am unable to have my own. I have a great job and home, but cannot afford fertility treatments or adoption, both of which are expensive.

My fertility issues have caused me ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/26/2017

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I'm in my early 20s and have been dating "Aidan" for a year. He attends college two hours away. He doesn't socialize much and stresses a lot about his grades. His only real friend is "Cara," a girl we went to high school with. Cara lives in a house with several other girls.

The first time I met her roommate "Lisa," I felt ...Read more

Overwhelming Hatred

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: In 2013, I lost my brother to a drug-induced heart attack. At the time of his death, he had just learned that his daughter had brain cancer. My beautiful niece was just 12 years old when she was diagnosed.

My parents took her in. I was not happy about this. I endured horrible abuse at the hands of my mother and stepfather as a ...Read more

Worker tries to cope with bullying boss

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I have been in my current job for just over two years.

I like the work and most of the people that I work with, but, my boss is a bully to me and everyone else. He has yelled at me at least 10 times.

I don't mind being corrected, but he swears, calls you names, and really degrades you.

He does this to everyone in the office -- even ...Read more

Parents are a couple of bad restaurant guests

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My daughter and son-in-law live an hour from us and we meet once a month or so at a midpoint restaurant for dinner. I always enjoyed this time and thought it was a nice custom.

Recently I caught my son-in-law talking to our waiter, giving him an extra tip and saying something about how...Read more

Man Puts Out A Welcome Mat Only For His Side Of The Family

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married 10 years, and he treats my family and friends very different compared to how he treats his own.

A few months ago, my sister called me at 9 p.m. She was driving through on her way to Florida with her 7-year-old daughter and had been trying for an hour to find a hotel at that point. We were only 40 ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/25/2017

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I am becoming excessively annoyed by a new trend I'm seeing with my friends who have recently become parents -- the "naked mommy."

I'm 27 and have not yet had children. Several of my friends are having their second or third, but most are on their first. I work in a physician's office, so I see a lot of medical-related nudity, and ...Read more

Post-Divorce Brainwashing

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: We are the grandparents of two very precious children. Recently, their parents were divorced after their mother had an affair with another man and became pregnant. Our son is trying to get shared residential custody, but the judge at their hearing believed the false statements of the children's mother and ruled in her favor. We ...Read more

Mother worries excessively and wonders how to let go

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My daughter has been seriously dating a young man for about the last six years. They are both 25. He is an immigrant/refugee from a war-torn country and has struggled with serious psychological issues relating to his childhood experiences. He recently totaled his car and got a DUI, confirming that he is an alcoholic. He is on probation...Read more

Fatherzilla of the bride

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Dear Carolyn:

This past weekend, my boyfriend proposed to me while we were in New England on a trip! We are both in our 30s.

On the way back home, we stayed overnight at my parents' home. Over dinner, my father came to both of us to talk about his vision for the wedding -- the most convenient city to have the festivities (not where we live ...Read more

New Job In New State Tests Strength Of Men's Relationship

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a gay man who has been dating a divorced man for nine months. I'm 25 and he is 50. He was married to a woman for more than 20 years and has three children. (I am the age between his middle and oldest children.) We met one day and have never been apart since.

It started great. We had a connection I had never experienced before I ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/24/2017

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My father and I have never had the best relationship. He was domineering, controlling and verbally abusive to me as a teenager, and as a result, I rebelled and did things specifically to irritate him. Several times, he kicked me out of the house, saying I forced him to behave the way he did. I always apologized because it was ...Read more

You're Wrong About My Life

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have read your advice column off and on for a while and am excited to see you have a Facebook page that you post things to.

I'd like your advice, as I have in-laws who have sent me various columns of yours that feature letters from people whose situations they think mirror my situation. Though I appreciate their wanting to offer...Read more

Unhealthy nutrition early in life might mean problems later

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am grandmother to two boys, ages one and three.

My daughter, who is slightly overweight, feeds them foods high in sugar, i.e. donuts, pancakes with syrup, muffins, etc., for breakfast. She provides dessert after every meal.

I have noticed that the boys are now requesting desserts, candy, etc., often during the day and while eating ...Read more

Pre-pregnant and struggling

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

I've been trying to get pregnant for over a year, with many doctor visits along the way. We are finally heading in the right direction but this has really taken a toll on me, both physically and mentally.

Do you have any suggestions for getting through each "hurry up then wait for weeks...Read more

Lawyer's Petition To Help Friend Study Is Dismissed

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have a close friend, Samantha, whom I met in law school four years ago. We both graduated in 2014. I have passed the bar exam, and so have all our friends from school, but Samantha has not.

She was in a bad relationship back in school and planned to marry the guy. That fell apart, and she's now dating a guy who seems to be pretty ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 5/23/2017

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: After more than 40 years of devotion to my husband, I have finally realized what a stonehearted jerk he is. I have done everything in my power to love, respect and encourage him. But I've fallen into a pattern of picking up the pieces of my heart and overlooking my own hurt in order to give him another chance and keep peace in our ...Read more

 

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