Life Advice



Roadside Memorial Grows In Homeowner's Front Yard

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I need some help. A terrible car accident happened in front of my house a few months ago that resulted in the death of a husband and father. The family comes out every Sunday to place flowers at the accident site, which is my front yard. At first, I had no problem with them expressing their grief and tried to console the widow every ...Read more

Women Pointedly Exclude Friend From Monthly Tea

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are friendly with two other couples whose children are friends with ours. We live in a fairly small community, and the couples met and began socializing because my husband and I introduced them. It started out with board game nights, progressed to potlucks and holiday events, then eventually a three-family summer ...Read more

Separate Sleeping Quarters Give Loving Couple Peace

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been married for 45 years. When she moved out of our bedroom, I was shocked. I thought she didn't love me anymore. Then I realized that both our sleeping habits have changed over the years.

She snores, and I toss and turn. She needs the room dark, while I like a night light so I can see while I walk to the bathroom...Read more

Blind Date Begins Love Story That Has Lasted For 55 Years

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I met my lady on a blind date many years ago. When I knocked on the door, it opened and this beautiful girl was standing there. Thinking I could never be so lucky, I asked, Is your sister home? No. She was my date.

We dated for a few months, fell in love and got married. We have had a wonderful 55-year marriage, and it gets sweeter ...Read more

Niece Suspects Elderly Aunt Is Being Isolated By Her Son

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have an elderly (90-plus) aunt who lives with her son in a town about four hours away. She corresponds by letter with us regularly, and we always write back. However, it has become apparent that she's not receiving our letters because she doesn't make any comments on any of the things we write to tell her about. We ...Read more

Mom Fears Teen Dating Drama Will Lead To Principal's Office

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I've got a new one for you. My beautiful 16-year-old daughter was interested in a boy her age from school. He was interested in her, too. He told her he wanted to date her, but that he is polyamorous and would be dating many girls simultaneously. She told him he's too young to know what he is yet, and he was just using it as an excuse...Read more

Brother's Hair-Trigger Temper Makes Get-Togethers Tense

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: A year ago, my brother Leon had a nervous breakdown at work due to a co-worker constantly harassing him. He's currently under the care of a therapist through his workplace and has not worked for a year.

Recently, at a family get-together, I asked him a question about his current situation. He became angry and very emotional. He ...Read more

Father Refuses To Meet His Gay Son's Boyfriend

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Our son Greg has come out as gay. My husband can't accept it and refuses to meet Greg's boyfriend. Our other son is getting married (to a girl), and Greg will be bringing his boyfriend. My husband says he won't come to the wedding because our son's boyfriend will be there. He says it would make a mockery of the wedding. He has not ...Read more

Fabulous First Date Leads To Loveless Marriage Trap

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I met a man online I thought was wonderful. OK, I'll be honest. I wanted a quick roll in the hay -- nothing serious. The guy turned out to be a college dropout, deeply spiritual and a great conversationalist, and we quickly started dating.

Fast-forward six months. I feel trapped in a loveless marriage. The sex is almost nonexistent. ...Read more

Boyfriend's Prison Record Opens Him Up To Judgment

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have never been in love before, and I have just learned the man I'm seeing is a former felon. It was nothing having to do with sexual violence or killing anyone. I'm afraid if my family finds out, they will judge him. He works seven days a week and lives in a shelter because most places don't want to rent to felons. He treats me ...Read more

Teen In Sketchy Situation Resists Efforts To Help Her

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My 15-year-old granddaughter has lived for the past several years in an environment with adults who have done drugs, can't or won't keep a job and are in and out of jail. I want her to have a better life, and I try to explain what a responsible adult life looks like. But when I do, she accuses me of being judgmental and nonaccepting ...Read more

Shower Guest Questions Need For Giving Bride A Second Gift

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My niece on my husband's side was engaged to be married two years ago. There was a bridal shower, and everyone gave gifts or gift cards. Two weeks after the shower, the wedding was canceled because of the groom-to-be's infidelities. The shower gifts and gift cards were never returned nor was anyone reimbursed.

The same niece is ...Read more

Man Facing Second Divorce Mulls Reunion With First Wife

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I was married to a wonderful, beautiful woman when we were much younger. We got married because of an unplanned pregnancy. After some years, we both had grown in different directions, and we divorced. We remained friends even after I remarried.

I'm now in the early stages of my second divorce because I am lonely in a marriage where ...Read more

Fear Keeps Jittery Driver From Getting A License

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am trying hard to let go of my paralyzing fear of driving, which has prevented me from getting a license. I am not sure why I get so nervous and afraid when I get behind the wheel. I really need a car to get my family and myself around. I just wish I knew what was causing this. Could you please help me figure it out? -- FEAR OF ...Read more

Grandson Living Rent-Free Pushes Grandparents' Buttons

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Our 24-year-old grandson Raffy, a college grad from a respected technical institution, couldn't find a job for a year after graduation. He has been living with us for more than six months without paying rent because we wanted to help him get on his feet. Currently, his only responsibility is helping somewhat after dinner. He now has a...Read more

Fight Over Luggage Throws A Wrench In Plans For A Cruise

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I paid $5,000 for a seven-day cruise with my grandkids. All I asked was for them to pack a carry-on and a backpack. My granddaughter and son are having a problem with it. I tried explaining that I'm handicapped and do not want to check a large bag for her because it's a convenience issue. There's laundry service onboard the ship.

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Siblings Come Home To Visit, But Not With Family Members

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have a problem I haven't seen in your column before. My husband comes from a large family with siblings spread far and wide. We live in the home state and are happy to accommodate his brothers and sisters (families, dogs) when they come home to visit and ask to stay with us.

While it's never said openly, it quickly becomes clear ...Read more

Restricted Diet Makes Dinner Parties Awkward To Attend

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have multiple chronic health conditions. Because my symptoms are worsened by a lot of foods, I'm on a highly restricted diet. If I stay on it, I feel as well as possible. (I never feel entirely well.)

When I go to friends' homes for dinner or parties, would it be rude for me to bring along something for myself that I can eat that ...Read more

Hostility From Sister Slows Aunt's Efforts To Help Niece

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm unsure about how to proceed with my niece. She is struggling with child-rearing and debt.

Twenty-five years ago, when she was 16, my sister Nan and her husband threw her out on the street. I took her in for two years. Until she graduated from high school, she lived with me and my two daughters. She reconciled with my sister at ...Read more

In His Fiancee's Eyes, Man's Secret Life Online Is Cheating

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: After a long relationship, Eric and I plan on getting married very soon. My problem is, Eric is secretive. He keeps his phone right next to him, and before he walks into the house, he sits in his car, clearing his history. I know he looks at porn, and I'm not happy about it, but it's the other things I'm angry and confused about.

He ...Read more


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