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Insulting in-laws' weighty remarks are not welcome

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My in-laws always seem to feel the need to comment on people's weight, either right to their faces at a family function or gossiping about it behind their backs.

Ironically, they are not exactly thin.

My brother-in-law and his wife are quite heavy (my brother-in-law much more so), but his parents (my in-laws) only comment about his ...Read more

Man and his mate might be mismatch

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am a mature 25-year-old college-educated man with a great career.

I was on the dating scene for several years when I met "Julie" -- the girl of my dreams.

We fell deeply in love and after four months we began to speak of a long-term future together. We seemed compatible in all the important ways for a good marriage, and I was ...Read more

Child's flying phobia has family staying home

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My husband and I have two boys, ages 7 and 4.

The 7-year-old is a great traveler, but the last time we flew on a plane, when he was 5, our older son completely freaked out. I think the sound of the engine and the motion of the takeoff and landing scared him.

He was fine once we were in the air, but to this day he says that he never ...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

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

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

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

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

Couple at odds over homeless mother

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My spouse, one of the most caring and genuine people I've ever met, has been inviting his elderly homeless mother into our house for meals, and on occasion, to bathe or do laundry. This happens a few times a month, typically during the day. He works from home. I work elsewhere.

We live a comfortable life in a large city, and she's ...Read more

Daughter juggles relationship with two mothers

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am a 37-year-old woman who was adopted at the age of 6. My adoptive mother, "Jane," encouraged me to find my biological mom, "Kate," after Jane had recently connected with her biological family (she was also adopted). I reconnected with Kate four years ago.

Mom quickly became very upset about the developing relationship between Kate...Read more

Snooping mom discovers secret stash

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I was snooping in my son's basement and discovered he is growing weed. Should I confront him? He could lose his job, house, reputation and shared custody of his daughter.

I am a nervous wreck thinking about how to approach him. My husband would have a stroke if he found out. I know I should do something, but what?

-- Sad Mom

Dear ...Read more

Security system reveals neighbor's habit

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My husband and I recently installed a security system with cameras. One of the cameras captures a view of the driveway and street in front of our house, as well as a partial view of my neighbor's driveway. My neighbor is a single mom with a teenage son.

One day my husband was viewing the activity on the camera, when we noticed the ...Read more

Daughter closes distance, wants dad back

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am a 38-year-old woman. I was raised by a single father, who sacrificed a lot for me growing up. He never dated and was devoted to me.

I was a terrible teenage girl, and I mean awful. I put him through things that no parent should ever have to deal with. Now that I am the mother of a teenage daughter, who is quite honestly almost ...Read more

Good deed goes unnoticed in the pew

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: Recently we had a heavy snowfall. The next day I called a neighbor to see if he needed a ride to church services. He gratefully accepted.

When we approached the church I noticed that he stopped in the vestibule, as if procrastinating in sitting down. I took my seat and minutes later turned around to see him sitting three rows away. ...Read more

Grieving husband deserves sympathy

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My husband and partner (we were a same-sex couple) of 39 years recently died.

We live on the West Coast and his entire family (mother, brother, sisters, nieces, nephews, aunt, uncles) lives on the East Coast. I have no family. He left his childhood home more than 50 years ago, so he hardly lived with his younger brother and sister.

...Read more

Loving aunt tries to quell niece's depression

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I have a 22-year-old niece who lives in another state. She is depressed. She was a cutter in high school, and reacted badly from a boyfriend break up in college. She ended up in a mental facility for a few days.

She is now medicated and seeing a therapist. She doesn't think the therapist is at all helpful, but she doesn't do anything ...Read more

Parents worry about daughter's college drinking

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My wife and I worry about our daughter. She's a sophomore at a top university. She's made the honor roll for three semesters in a row. Obviously, her academic progress is not our concern.

What we don't talk about is her worsening drinking problem.

Since she started college, she's been cited twice for underage drinking (Minor in ...Read more

Mom worries about daughter's college prospects

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My daughter is graduating from high school. She barely passes classes if she doesn't like the subject or the teacher. She doesn't bother with homework, and will graduate by the skin of her teeth.

She is great at talking people into giving her another chance and getting in under the wire. After many years of fighting about her grades ...Read more

Workplace exclusion creates petty drama

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I have a new colleague who recently moved from another division at our company into mine. She is now working as the program coordinator for our team of eight colleagues.

She is very accommodating to everyone, has a great attitude and is very adept at her job. I like working with her!

She has told me that some of our colleagues have ...Read more

Mother and child could both use a Head Start

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My 25-year-old granddaughter and her 1-1/2-year-old son have been staying with me for a few weeks while waiting to get into an apartment.

My granddaughter yells at her son a lot, and she uses foul language with him, including the "F word," etc.

Am I overreacting in thinking that this is wrong, and that he'll soon pick up these words?...Read more

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