Life Advice



Boyfriend Issues Ultimatum To Girlfriend And Her Son

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend of three years wants me to move in with him. He's a great guy. He's loving and affectionate, kind and caring. We want the same things for our kids and have quite a few things in common. We enjoy playing sports, and we're both foodies. He checks a lot of my boxes, so I know I'm ready for marriage.

We both have kids. He ...Read more

Woman's Frank Sexual Talk Creates Doubts For Fiance

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 50-year-old man who has been divorced twice. The last one was two years and eight months ago. Last year, I met a wonderful woman, and we have been dating and building a beautiful relationship together. A month ago, I proposed to her, and she accepted.

Everything is going great, but I'm intimidated by all the men she has been ...Read more

Husband Has Nickle-And-Dime Approach To Family Finances

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I've been married for more than 30 years. My husband and I split all bills and everything else. This has worked because, in life, I have always taken care of myself. My issue is his cheap attitude about every little dime. He always makes sure I pay my fair share TO THE PENNY, but when it comes to his reimbursing me, he usually rounds ...Read more

Man Forgives Wife's Affair, Starts His Own

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I've been married for a little more than 12 years. My wife and I have one child. Unfortunately, like a lot of relationships, we've been stuck in a rough patch for a while now. I learned that she was having an affair a few years ago, which rocked me to the core. I recognized there were cracks forming early on, but, admittedly, I didn't...Read more

Man's Sudden Reappearance Spurs Confusion And Doubt

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I recently got engaged to a man I've been seeing long distance for about a year. Then, out of the blue, an old military friend/crush called me and told me he has been thinking a lot about me and is working on himself. He apologized for the times he ghosted me because he couldn't handle relationships.

We talked for two and a half ...Read more

Woman Destroys Marriage And Attempts To Move On

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My daughter, "Maddie," 34, just left what I thought was a great marriage. After only five years, she cheated on her husband, "Glenn." Their 6-year-old son is crushed. I know there are two sides to every story, but our entire family loves Glenn. He's a hard worker, but quiet and kind of a homebody.

I think poor communication and lack ...Read more

Friend With Benefits Still Benefiting After Engagement

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I lost my husband of 20 years a little over two years ago. Last year, I moved to another state to be close to family. I rented an apartment, and my best friend moved with me. Shortly after, I met a much younger man. He was immediately interested in me. He's sweet, kind and very handsome. It took me months to realize that I'm also ...Read more

'Wonderful' Relationship Has Become A Nightmare

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been in a relationship for five years. It started out wonderful, but now I'm having second thoughts. He keeps putting my kids down and telling me I'm a bad mother. It's so bad he has even put a knife to my throat. And, yes, he hits me.

I am not an angel, but I always stand up for him and have his back. However, I don't see him...Read more

Woman Might Double Down On Romance With Gambler

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My ex-husband and I separated two months after our wedding. Our divorce was final five months ago. After I left him, I started talking to a younger guy I had a lot in common with. However, he has a gambling problem and ended up stealing money from my cash app.

He eventually paid me back and has done everything in his power to get me ...Read more

Would-Be Parent Expects Offspring To Aim High

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a medical student. I don't have kids or a family of my own yet, but I'd like it to happen one day. When I have kids of my own, I intend to push them to be the very best in whatever they want to do. I will ingrain in them "tough love" and demand excellence from them.

My classmates, friends and I grew up similarly. We did well ...Read more

Reader Should Beware Of Potential Scammers

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: This is in response to "Living a Soap Opera" (Jan. 3), the unhappy woman who is married to an alcoholic. She is flattered by the three younger men she's conversing with online. My experience is that when men say they are in a place where you can't meet them, such as stationed far away in the army or on a ship, and they immediately ...Read more

Sister-In-Law's Influence Creates Hurdle For Couple

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for six years. The problem is his sister and the emotional hold she seems to have on him. There have been several instances in which she has been disrespectful and invasive where OUR business is concerned.

When I object to my husband about it, his response is either that he's sorry or he acts like ...Read more

Partner In Need Doesn't Have A Partner Indeed

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been with my boyfriend for 11 years. In all this time he has never once asked me if I'm OK whenever I have gotten hurt. I got used to it, you might say. Well, I recently lost the ability to walk, and ended up in a nursing home for rehabilitation. My boyfriend would come to visit, but would never ask about progress. Furthermore,...Read more

Grandmother Sniffs At Young Woman's Nose Stud

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My 20-year-old niece, "Andrea," came to visit her grandmother wearing a nose stud. Andrea is quiet, is polite to her grandparents and aunt and is in her third year of college. Her grandmother is livid at her daughter for "allowing" the girl to do this. (It appears Andrea may be trying to rebel at this age.) Her grandmother is footing ...Read more

Co-Worker Insists On Picking Up The Check

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have a colleague who has become an amazing friend over the last few years. We plan dinner dates or work conferences periodically, and we also try to book spa appointments together when we have vacation time.

"Sandy" is everything a person would want in a friend. However, when we go out to eat, she usually insists on paying for my ...Read more

Parents Need A Reminder That Their Words Matter

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: While shopping at the mall, I have seen too many stressed-out parents ignore or yell at their children. It certainly isn't helpful. It isn't how I was raised or how I raised mine. Years ago, I saw a poem in your column that addressed the ramifications of bad parenting versus good parenting. From what I've been seeing, you should print...Read more

Coming-Out Creates Tension Between Longtime Friends

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: A dear friend, "Lorraine," contacted me because her daughter "Gabby" came out to her as bisexual and Lorraine knew I had experience with "this type of thing." My daughter is bisexual.

Lorraine was repulsed by her daughter's revelation and upset that Gabby expected her to be supportive and wear pride stickers, etc. My friend didn't ...Read more

Boyfriend Texts Exes On Special Occasions

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I have been together six years. We are both divorced. We plan on being married in six months. He's a perfect partner except for one thing. Every holiday, he jumps out of bed in the morning and takes his phone with him into the bathroom. There he texts his ex-wife and ex-girlfriend. He feels the need to wish them a ...Read more

Silent Treatment Replaces Friendship After 40 Years

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been friends with a woman I'll call "Blanche" for 40 years. We used to work together, and we supported each other during our divorces and other life problems. We lost touch for a time, then reconnected. I kept in touch with her for years through email at her work. We both are on Facebook, and she knows how to contact me.

Since...Read more

Friend Uses Charitable Gifts To Fund Extravagant Lifestyle

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My friend's house was severely damaged in a hurricane and she lost a lot of the contents. Mind you, she was one of the lucky ones. Others in her community lost everything. One of her friends started a GoFundMe account to help with repair costs, and it is now up to thousands of dollars.

My problem with this is: She's now on her third ...Read more



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