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Grandma might be drinking again

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My mother-in-law, "Jane," is an alcoholic. She underwent surgery in 2015 and got a new liver and kidney, after being on dialysis and nearly losing her life.

Jane didn't drink for a while after that, but in the last seven or eight months we have noticed that she seems to be drinking again.

Not only is she drinking, but her behavior ...Read more

Woman ponders leaving dysfunctional family

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I need help. My partner and I have been together for almost six years.

Through infertility treatment, we have a 2-year-old daughter, and I am currently pregnant again.

I love my partner. He is a wonderful man. However, I cannot bear his 10-year-old son, who lives with us half the time.

I have felt this way for most of the ...Read more

Single senior looks for alternatives to Internet matching

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

I am just coming out of an eight-year relationship with a man I met through an internet dating site.

Back then, all of my friends (and therapist) were aggressively urging me toward internet dating. I said I would try it for a month. Before the month was up, I met "Don."

Although the "plus" of this experience was meeting Don, I felt the rest of...Read more

Long marriage now seems thoroughly broken

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I've been married for more than 30 years, through good times and bad.

Right now times seem bad.

My husband has been retired for eight years from his job as a local trucker. He mostly worked nights.

When he was working, he blamed his bursts of anger on a lack of sleep. Well, many years post-retirement, he still has outbursts of ...Read more

Student struggles with neighbors' racist assumptions

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I'm a college student from the suburbs of San Francisco. I've been attending college in New York.

My best friend from school is coming to visit me this summer, and I couldn't be more excited! But, excitement aside, I do have concerns.

In a time where people of color, especially men, are having the police called on them for everything...Read more

Elderly mom drives her kids crazy, driving round the block

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My mother is 89 years old. At 85, she declined to renew her driver's license, acknowledging that it was time she stopped driving. However, she still has access to two cars and drives each around the block once a week to keep them running.

My siblings and I have told her that her behavior is irresponsible, illegal and dangerous, but ...Read more

Discovery of long-lost child challenges marriage

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I have an extremely happy marriage of 11 years.

Our lives were just about perfect, and then my husband found out that he was the father of a girl born 50 years ago. This was a one-night stand, and the child's mother gave the baby up for adoption.

This biological daughter now has three children of her own.

Almost overnight my husband...Read more

Parents want to save daughter from horrible boss

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My daughter, "Cynthia," just finished her freshman year of college. She secured a summer job at a business high on her wish list.

At first she was treated well -- the owner, "Marianne," mentored her and treated her as if she were a member of the family. But that all ended very suddenly, and without warning, a few weeks in.

The owner,...Read more

Couples' separation leads to rift in the family

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My brother and his wife are divorcing.

My brother has been abusive and an alcoholic throughout the marriage.

I have always sided with my sister-in-law. I have cared for my niece and nephew over the years, as well.

Now my brother is committed to rehab and doing very well. I am now a support system to my brother because he is putting ...Read more

Pool parties lead to pilfered property

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

"Dear Amy: I have three sisters-in-law. I have been a part of their family for 15 years. We all get along (for the most part).

Recently, my husband and I purchased a home. We have an open-door policy for people to come and use our pool. We also host family gatherings.

At our latest gathering, I noticed two of his sisters wearing my clothes. ...Read more

Senior wants to go for the gold in his 'golden years'

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am 74; my wife of 53 years is 71.

Our marriage is solid, and it is my strongest desire to support my wife in every way possible, especially giving her things that we may not have had resources for in our younger years.

I am blessed to be very healthy, and I am an avid exerciser, now getting into short-distance triathlons.

My wife ...Read more

Password sharing reveals ex's texts

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My boyfriend of six months has really opened himself up to me. He gave me his social media account passwords, and has added my thumbprint to his phone (which I find really cute because I didn't really ask him for it). I trust him.

I noticed that his ex has been texting him. This wouldn't really bother me if she had no bad intentions. ...Read more

Family estrangement baffles parents

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: Our adult son "James" lives on his own and has a successful career. Suddenly, without notice or explanation, James has cut off all communication with his two loving parents -- myself and my wife.

Just three months ago we were all together enjoying a birthday lunch (for me), where James introduced his new girlfriend. James and his ...Read more

Father/son driving lesson takes wrong turn

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My son recently received his learner's permit to drive.

The other day, backing out of a driveway, he hit our neighbor's mailbox.

My husband was with him and admittedly was not paying attention at that moment.

The owner was nice about it and they agreed to have my son and husband replace it.

My husband thought my son should pay for ...Read more

Physician is told to heel himself

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am a physician and a widower. Most importantly, I'm the father of a brilliant and deeply inquisitive 12-year-old girl.

I have raised my daughter (by myself) since she was six months old. We are very close.

I noticed signs that she would soon be experiencing puberty, and I knew she would have lots of questions. I had a series of ...Read more

Grieving teen boy ponders possible crush

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: First of all, I am a 15-year-old guy. Unfortunately, I lost my mother to cancer only six months ago.

I tend to overthink things often, and that's why I'm writing to you.

I am not sure whether I have a crush on this person at my school, or if I am just longing for someone to fill the empty space.

But I think about her often, and look...Read more

Wife hates husband's secret lingerie habit

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I have been married almost 15 years to a man I first knew in high school. I first became aware of his problem several years ago, when I found a bra hanging in our laundry room that was not my size. Finally, my husband confessed he'd bought it for himself. He said it was a one-time occurrence.

After he returned from a business trip, I ...Read more

Woman's #metoo moments lead to despair

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I have a history of attracting unkind, angry men. I had recently come off a two-year break from dating, when my mom's neighbor asked me out. He is about my age, and my mom liked him. He seemed like a nice guy, so I took a chance.

I think he had been drinking before he picked me up. He brought me to a bar and started touching me and ...Read more

Privileged parent doesn't like braggy child

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: We live in a well-off neighborhood. We all socialize together. My husband and I have one child. We like to travel and do exciting things. We do not lavish our child with an abundance of toys; we feel that experiences are more important.

We were close friends with another couple with two children, ages 8 and 6. These kids have amassed ...Read more

Dad may have to choose between wife and child

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I've been with my partner for four years. We lived together for two years until his job took him six hours away. We have been maintaining our relationship, long distance.

Our plan has always been for him to move this summer in order to be with me in my career following school. Marriage has been a topic of conversation for several ...Read more


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