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It's a snowball fight, not 'The Untouchables'

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Dear Amy: Last night my 6-year-old son was participating in a snowball fight with a group of friends after school.

One of the other boys threw a snowball into my son's face, which cut the bridge of his nose. My son's reaction was to punch the other boy in the face, which gave that boy a bloody nose. Both my husband and the other boy's father ...Read more

Wedding brings on family fears

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Dear Amy: My daughter is getting married in a month and I am AFRAID of seeing my ex-husband. We were married for 32 years. He was abusive on several levels: sexual, financial, verbal and physical. He is capable of violence, and is a gun owner.

Prior to the finalization of the divorce, he loosened the gas line to the oven. Luckily, after several...Read more

Wedding season provides familiar dilemmas

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Dear Amy: My fiance and I are having a rather large wedding (it's the second time for both of us). We are in our 60s.

My fiance is from a wonderful large family. All his nieces and nephews and their spouses will be invited.

The problem is one niece. She is always rude to me. Her rudeness is obvious to everyone. I've been very quiet about it, ...Read more

Was grandparents' choice to have girls' hair cut off racist?

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Dear Amy: My (white) parents have never approved of my wife, who was born in Mexico. They also seem not to care for our daughters -- their two grandchildren.

A while back they asked to take these granddaughters for the weekend. The girls were 4 and 6 at the time.

Our daughters have always had long, dark hair -- down to their waists -- that my ...Read more

Wife wants to spend down retirement nest egg

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Dear Amy: Dear Amy: My wife of almost 40 years and I are in our early 70s. We are retired and live comfortably on two pensions and two Social Security checks. From day one, I was the one responsible for major expenses (e.g., mortgages, insurances, investments, etc.) and she had shown no interest in our finances. It's important to note that we ...Read more

Pregnant co-worker stands her ground while seated

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Dear Amy: I'm a woman who works in an informal office environment.

Today I was in a crowded meeting with more co-workers than chairs. I got to the meeting a bit late. Not wanting to stand the entire time for this long meeting, I quickly, and happily, sat on the floor.

As I am currently four months pregnant, several co-workers (both male and ...Read more

Mom says she is surrounded by disrespect

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Dear Amy: My 18-year-old son (who is in high school) has had a girlfriend for the past year. She has placed a huge wedge between us.

When they first started dating, she would come to my house and barely acknowledge my presence and either hang all over him or retreat to his bedroom with him.

When I told him that her behavior was rude and ...Read more

Husband controls the radio, wife wants a different tune

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Readers: This week I am running topical "Best Of" columns while I'm on book tour, meeting readers of my memoir, "Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things," which is now out in paperback. I'll be back next week with more answers and advice directed toward a fresh batch of dilemmas. Today's topic is marriage.

Dear Amy: For years, my husband has been...Read more

Work email salutation is for 'gentlemen' only

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Dear Readers: This week I am running topical "Best Of" columns while I'm on book tour, meeting readers of my memoir, "Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things," which is now out in paperback. I'll be back next week with more answers and advice directed toward a fresh batch of dilemmas. Today's topic concerns issues in the workplace.

Dear Amy: I ...Read more

Sibling's party is real 'Risky Business'

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Dear Readers: This week I am running topical "Best Of" columns while I'm on book tour, meeting readers of my memoir, "Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things," which is now out in paperback. I'll be back next week with more answers and advice directed toward a fresh batch of dilemmas. Today's topic is siblings.

Dear Amy: I'm 17, and have a twin ...Read more

Friendship is tested by sexual come-on

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Dear Readers: This week I am running topical "Best Of" columns while I'm on book tour, meeting readers of my memoir, "Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things," which is now out in paperback. I'll be back next week with more answers and advice directed toward a fresh batch of dilemmas. Today's topic is relationships.

Dear Amy: I'm a 28-year-old ...Read more

Less wine might make neighbor less ornery

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Readers: This week I am running topical "Best Of" columns while I'm on book tour, meeting readers of my memoir, "Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things," which is now out in paperback. I'll be back next week with more answers and advice directed toward a fresh batch of dilemmas. Today's topic is "Neighbors."

Dear Amy: Our next-door neighbor is ...Read more

Mother should not sanction teen 'keggers'

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Dear Readers: This week I am running topical "Best Of" columns while I'm on book tour, meeting readers of my memoir, "Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things," which is now out in paperback. I'll be back next week with more answers and advice directed toward a fresh batch of dilemmas. Today's topic is parenting.

Dear Amy: I am the mother of a 15-year-...Read more

Sometimes, advice-givers run out of answers

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Readers: I'm stepping away from the column this week to travel the country and meet readers. This is an edited version of an essay I wrote a year ago.

I'm about to celebrate another anniversary of writing this column, and -- after almost 15 years -- I will admit that I have already outlasted my original expectation for this experience. ...Read more

Woman wants to donate shoes, along with extra judgment

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Dear Amy: In recent years, I have stopped wearing high-heeled shoes. They can be so bad for the joints, tendons and the lower back. I object to the idea of women being encouraged to harm ourselves to meet an impossible standard of beauty.

I was recently asked to donate to a charity that provides formal clothes to underprivileged kids for their ...Read more

Cat has first dibs on the buffet

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Dear Amy: My husband and I are friends with a couple-- "Rose and Jack," who enjoy entertaining in their home.

Here is the problem: Jack and Rose have a beloved cat that has the run of the house, including tables and countertops, as well as the kitchen sink. This has always made my husband and me uncomfortable, but it does seem to be typical cat...Read more

Kids in Brady Bunch family retreat to their corners

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Dear Amy: Two decades ago my husband and I merged our families and then had more children together. We were a true Brady Bunch.

Fast-forward 20 years. We are now empty nesters.

The problem is that my husband's birth children treat me like crap.

They don't know when my birthday is and don't acknowledge it. I don't get a call or a card on <...Read more

Women MBA candidates are subjects of offensive list

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Dear Amy: I am part of an international MBA program at a well-known European university.

I just found out that the men in the program have put together a list, ranking all the women in the program by their looks. I'm furious and disappointed that the men who are supposed to be my peers, business partners, coworkers and friends have subjected ...Read more

Teen's mother is tired of being 'that' mom

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My teen daughter is lovely. She has a group of friends who seem lovely, as well, with one problem. My daughter is the one who plans and invites the group to movies, skating, over to our home, etc. She does the calling and arranging and it is extremely rare that she receives a reciprocal invitation. This has been going on for years.

My...Read more

 
 

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