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Ask Amy: Honeymoon ended before it began

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

I agree that this probably started as a bid for reassurance from a distant dad, but – unless the relationship is otherwise imbalanced — I don’t believe it is harmful, at all.

Don’t police how this dad relates to his son, but do support both in growing a successful relationship.

It is challenging to support an ex in this way, but it is genuinely best for everyone in the long run — and parenting is all about the long run.

Dear Amy: Thank you for telling “Lost and Alone” that her husband, who has heart disease, impotence and decrease in libido and who has been withdrawing to the TV room, should see his doctor.

A frank discussion of medical conditions and sexuality is in order. The husband may also benefit from an evaluation for depression, another medical condition that may adversely affect sexual desire and functioning.

– Retired MD


Dear MD: Thank you!


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