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Mom doesn't want to clean up after two humans

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I have wonderful in-laws. They don't meddle or criticize and are generally cool people to be around.

After the birth of our first child in March, they've come from out of state to stay with us a few times. However, I have an issue that I really have no idea how to approach.

My father-in-law is getting on in years, and it seems he ...Read more

Hometown visit will come at a cost

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Dear Amy: My fiancé, my sister and I are planning a trip to my old hometown for Labor Day weekend in order to visit my oldest friend "Erica."

Erica just bought a house with her husband, "Paul."

Erica tends to avoid conflict. She just sprung it on me that they don't have room to host us in their home.

What? We've always slept ...Read more

Teacher considers housing former student

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I'm a high school teacher. I'm still in email contact with a transgender student (female to male), who graduated a couple of years ago.

This former student has cycled in and out of treatment centers (for eating disorders, suicidality, etc.)

I'm one of the few adults that this young man still keeps in contact with. The family is ...Read more

Parent feels left out when ex keeps a secret

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Dear Amy: My ex-fiance and I were together for five years, and have been separated for over three years. We have a child.

We have shared custody of our child, and although my ex is very wealthy, I have never asked for any child support or compensation because I just wanted us to focus on co-parenting our child, without the mess.

My mother ...Read more

Med student's assault brings on ethical dilemma

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Dear Amy: My daughter, "Carrie," just started her third year of medical school.

Carrie was out over the weekend with a lot of other medical students when one fourth-year student: a large, muscular guy -- my daughter weighs about 100 pounds -- started talking to her, and then proceeded to grope her forcefully.

Carrie was too shocked to react; ...Read more

Parents want boyfriend to go, daughter follows

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Dear Amy: Five years ago, I entered a relationship with a woman I had dated in junior high school, way back in 1980.

We met as friends, the relationship blossomed, and we were married about 20 months later.

At the time we reconnected, my wife's daughter, "Tamryn," was 14. She is now 20. Tamryn and I had the usual battles, but got along pretty ...Read more

Generous friend is overwhelmed by 'gimmes'

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Dear Amy: My son is a sweet 8-year-old boy, who enjoys giving to others. He loves giving gifts and even enjoys giving to charity.

He has a friend, "Benji," who has multiple siblings and probably doesn't get a lot for himself. Benji is forever asking, sometimes begging, my son to give him things, including toys and special snacks.

I think my ...Read more

Woman wrestles with tempting attraction

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Dear Amy: I'm a happily married woman. My husband of 10 years and I are parents of a daughter.

I recently went on a volunteering trip to Asia. We were a group of women volunteers, who came from all over the world.

Something changed for me during my time there, as I became incredibly attracted to one of the girls in the group.

I have to say I ...Read more

Parents plan to punish for piercings

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My husband and I are raising four children.

For many years, we have had a rule about piercings.

Our daughters had to wait until they were 12 years old to pierce their ears.

We felt that this was an age where they had some accountability for taking care of their ears. Each of our daughters has chosen to pierce their ears.

Our 19-...Read more

Hotel guest finds Do Not Disturb sign disturbing

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am currently staying in a hotel, and in order to prevent the cleaning staff from trying to come in during my midday shower, I hung the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the outside of the door.

The sign in this hotel depicts an unraveled bow tie draped over the door handle. Other places I have stayed have used neckties on their signs, too.

...Read more

Older woman thinks she is a Mrs. Robinson

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Dear Amy: I am a 53-year-old, never-married woman. I keep in shape, and I'm often told that I'm beautiful.

I've had several relationships over the years but never found "the one" guy I wanted to marry.

Six months ago, I met a very interesting and intelligent man. I am falling hard for him.

Here's the issue: He is 29 years old -- 24 years ...Read more

Older man teaches younger dog new tricks

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Dear Amy: I am a 74-year-old retired man. Over the course of my lifetime, I have had five or six dogs.

I live alone and my last dog died about a year and a half ago.

I've debated getting another dog for several months.

I preferred a dog that was a tad older, however, these dogs are hard to come by.

So after reading an article saying that it'...Read more

Older man teaches younger dog new tricks

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am a 74-year-old retired man. Over the course of my lifetime, I have had five or six dogs.

I live alone and my last dog died about a year and a half ago.

I've debated getting another dog for several months.

I preferred a dog that was a tad older, however, these dogs are hard to come by.

So after reading an article saying that it'...Read more

Hoarding disorder creates messy situation

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Dear Amy: My son and my oldest daughter, "Kelsie," share an apartment.

I live in another state.

I'm worried about Kelsie. She has always been extremely messy. I have learned that issues with hoarding/OCD may be inherited, and I always assumed that Kelsie's issues were passed down through her father.

Kelsie's problem has gotten worse over the ...Read more

Grief and confusion upset homesick student

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Dear Amy: I'm writing to ask for your insight and advice on some feelings I have encountered off and on for the past few years.

I'm currently on a language exchange in Lyon, France, and the other day a bomb went off in a very busy neighborhood. Thankfully no one was critically hurt.

When I learned about what happened, I messaged my loved ones ...Read more

Anxious bridesmaid feels she ruined a wedding

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Dear Amy: My best friend and I have been drifting apart, due to conflicting schedules, but we still always tried to make time for each other.

Last year she asked me to be maid of honor for her wedding. I was flattered and very nervous, as I have severe social anxiety.

Eventually, she "demoted" me to bridesmaid and had another person step in. ...Read more

One-sided attraction affects a friendship

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I've been friends with "Sandra" for about a year now.

Recently, she revealed to me that she is gay. I am totally supportive of her. However, she also told me that she has grown to be very attracted to me.

I'm a straight woman, and I'm not attracted to her. I told her this.

Over the past couple of weeks, she has been acting ...Read more

Dad is horrified to learn there's a gun in the house

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: This week I discovered that my intelligent, hard-working, responsible 24-year-old daughter (who lives with me) is a gun owner! And it's not a normal gun either -- it is a 40 caliber semi-automatic, and she has hollow point bullets to go with it.

Amy, this is the kind of weapon a criminal would possess! She says it is for emergencies. ...Read more

Dad is horrified to learn there's a gun in the house

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: This week I discovered that my intelligent, hard-working, responsible 24-year-old daughter (who lives with me) is a gun owner! And it's not a normal gun either -- it is a 40 caliber semi-automatic, and she has hollow point bullets to go with it.

Amy, this is the kind of weapon a criminal would possess! She says it is for emergencies. ...Read more

Friend ponders marriage intervention

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: "Curt" and I have been friends for about 15 years. I admire him as a great volunteer for a group we both belong to. He has a bit of a challenging personality (he can be self-centered, and too talkative), but he is a nice guy and a good friend.

I recently met his wife for the first time. My problem is that, once the wife figured out ...Read more

 

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