Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 23 years, and we have two teenage daughters. Our biggest issue is disciplining the kids. I think they should do more household chores. My husband agrees in theory, but does nothing to hold them accountable when they don't cooperate, so the burden of discipline falls on me.
I'm sick of being ...Read more
Dear Annie: I am a fortunate mother of four beautiful little girls, all under the age of 8. While I am not overweight, I could be in better shape.
How do I handle strangers and distant acquaintances who approach me and ask me when my baby is due? I do have a little bit of a belly, but it is quite a stretch to assume that I am pregnant. I find...Read more
Dear Annie: My friend "Rachel" is very dear to me. We've been best friends since the 11th grade. Now that we've entered the adult world, however, she's encountered some difficult situations. She had a drug problem, has always had family problems, lost her license, owes back taxes and has been unemployed for a year.
Rachel has two male ...Read more
Dear Annie: I have been dating "Stan" for five years. We are both in our 60s. When we started dating, I was absolutely certain that I did not want to get married. But Stan and I have been through so much these past few years with various illnesses and the like. We have always stood by each other, and I have come to realize that I would like to...Read more
Dear Readers: Merry Christmas. We hope those who are celebrating this holiday are fortunate enough to enjoy it with family and friends. A few years ago, we printed a prayer that a reader sent in, author unknown. Since then, we've received several requests to reprint it, so here it is once again:
A Christmas Prayer
Let us pray...
That ...Read more
Dear Annie: On behalf of the approximately 40 million deaf and hearing impaired in the United States and Canada, especially those who wear hearing aids, would you pass this message to the TV stations?
I love watching TV: sitcoms, news, dramas, reality shows, all of it. Being hearing impaired, I rely on closed captioning so I don't miss the ...Read more
Dear Annie: How can I deal with the demands of being a high school senior? I am overwhelmed.
Between homework, my job, a social life, sports and family time, there are not enough hours in the day. All of these things are important to me, but I don't know how to balance them. Please don't suggest I give up any of them, because they are all ...Read more
Dear Annie: I want to reply to "Twice Bitten," who is being bitten by tiny bugs. I had the same problem. After several visits to the dermatologist and tests with no diagnosis, I tried lavender soap and lotion. Bugs do not like the smell of lavender. You also can sprinkle lavender flowers on your carpet and use lavender sachets in your hamper ...Read more
Hidden Under the Corporate LadderJ.K. LaMay
Hidden Under the Corporate Ladder gives a brutally honest look inside a scandalous Fortune 100 company. The story takes place in Dallas, Texas, in the mid 1990s, as told firsthand by an employee hired to work for a corporation's branch location to figure out why its operation isn't productive...
Dear Annie: I'm 27 and have lupus, a chronic autoimmune disease. My condition is usually under control, and I live a normal life. The problem is, I'm very sensitive to perfume, air fresheners and cigarette smoke, and with my medications, I can't drink alcohol.
A lot of my girlfriends throw candle parties and cosmetic parties or go out ...Read more
Dear Annie: My 50-something male cousin has brought a 20-something female cousin to live with him. He calls it "mentoring." The poor girl is learning disabled.
They are the only two people living in the house, and the arrangement has caused concern for his parents and children. Is this normal? What's your take on the situation? -- Just ...Read more
Dear Annie: Back in May, our son and his wife invited us to a concert at the end of December to celebrate my husband's milestone birthday. They said it would be their treat, and we all agreed it would be a fun evening.
Over the next few months, we got together often, and no mention was made of the concert. Yesterday, I sent a text saying we ...Read more
Dear Annie: For the past 18 months, I've been dating a woman who resides two states south. We are planning on her moving north to live with me. My problem is her thick southern accent.
"Beth" habitually holds the last word of a sentence and draws it out. Her voice slides up and down when saying a simple word such as "town" so that it has ...Read more
Dear Annie: Each year, I dread Christmas Eve, which is too bad because it used to be such a special night for me.
My husband's two siblings take turns having Christmas Eve dinner at their homes. They always throw it in my face that I never host the dinner. The truth is, I always volunteer, but I want to rent out a banquet room to do so. They ...Read more
Dear Annie: I read the letter from "Your Husband," who wrote an open letter to his wife explaining how her unwillingness to have sex justified his affair. He was obviously pouring his heart out. I am a 54-year-old woman on hormone replacement. My husband and I enjoy a wonderful sex life, but as I get older, I am less and less interested. I ...Read more
Dear Annie: I'm a 54-year-old single woman and a part-time college professor. I have three grown, successful children. At the time I met my boyfriend, "Joe," I was living in a nice boardinghouse in an affluent area. Joe, 63, was divorced and for five years had been living with two of his sisters in the old family home in a working-class ...Read more
Dear Annie: I have been married to "Nancy" for 51 years. The day of our wedding, I was 167 pounds with a full head of hair. Now I am 181 pounds and bald. Nancy was always a Rubens type, which was fine with me. After giving birth to our first child, she lost more than 20 pounds, and even her father was impressed. However, two more children ...Read more
Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 20 years. We have two boys, and the oldest is non-verbal autistic. "Austin" can write, and he wears a talking device around his neck. He likes to shop and enjoys eating different things. But it makes me sad and angry when people stare at us.
I have had strangers tell me I shouldn't take ...Read more
Dear Annie: I work in the aftercare program of a highly regarded private school. It's a part-time job at minimum wage, but the kids are great, and I am grateful to be employed.
My problem is with the supervisor of the program. "Jane" constantly changes our group assignments, putting us with a different age group almost every day. This makes ...Read more
Dear Annie: My family recently went on vacation, and my 17-year-old son was an absolute pain. He refused to go swimming with us at the pool, saying it would be too boring. He wouldn't wear a jacket and tie to dinner at the hotel's five-star restaurant, and when I told him he wouldn't be able to go in without them, he said, "Fine, I'll get a ...Read more
Dear Annie: My niece, "Susan," is 23 years old and in college. After four years, she still hasn't picked a major. She is quite intelligent, but lazy and immature. She is socially awkward and has lost friends because of her negative attitude.
My problem is, Susan wants to "hang out" with my 15-year-old daughter. She invites herself over ...Read more