Life Advice



Freeloading Dad Wants To Add A Freeloading Wife

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My father has depended on my mother (and me) for money for as long as I can remember. It wasn't because he was unable to work, but because he was lazy and had a drinking and gambling problem. My parents eventually divorced, and my father moved in with his sister (my aunt). She died in 2016, which would have made my father homeless, so...Read more

Readers Respond About 'hosted Out' Wife's Dilemma

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I was shocked at your response to "Hosted Out" (March 28), who was frustrated at having to host, feed and entertain her husband's hunting buddy and his wife several times a year. I agreed with your suggestion that she stay elsewhere while these friends stay at her home so her husband will (hopefully) see the light when he's the one ...Read more

Son Feels Like The Only Adult When Mom's Around

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I've been having an issue lately involving my mother. It feels like she isn't really my "mother" but someone who thinks we're best friends. It's like she never really grew out of her high school days -- and I'm almost 30.

I'll have days at work where she texts to tell me about her day or her recent struggles, or she asks me to find ...Read more

Boyfriend Is Punished For An Imagined Event

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My girlfriend, "Jessica," thinks I've cheated on her because I didn't come home right away after being given the day off. My grandparents were away on vacation. When they go away, they want me to check on the house and bring in the mail and newspaper.

On this particular day, I decided to drive by, did what needed to be done and spent...Read more

Overeaters Anonymous Is Still Doing The Hard Work

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I recently watched a video of the founder of Overeaters Anonymous, Rozanne S., telling the story of founding the program and her own struggles with food. In it, she mentioned that your mother had been instrumental in getting OA information out to the public and was responsible for its growth.

Abby, OA saved my life, and I'm grateful ...Read more

Mystery Of Missing Undies Leaves Hostess Embarrassed

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DEAR ABBY: We invited a couple for a short visit to our remote country cabin. Afterward, I discovered a pair of pink panties lying on the road in front of our mailbox. When I picked them up with a stick to carry to the trash, I realized they were a pair of clean pink panties I had misplaced. They must have stuck to the sheets I had placed on the...Read more

Woman's Handsy Male Friends Thumb Their Noses At Fiance

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My fiancee has a number of male friends she has known for years. One of them stops off at her work, brings food and gifts, and may go out with her after hours. Another called her one evening and invited her out for drinks to celebrate his promotion.

At a recent party, another one had his hands on her back or shoulders whenever he ...Read more

Woman Believes Sister Has Stepped Over Boundaries

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My sister has bullied and controlled me most of my life. She has said many very unkind things, and I have reached a place in my life where I need peace and distance from her. Because of this, I have blocked her from texting or calling me.

The problem I'm having is that my sister texts and sends pictures and presents to my in-laws. I ...Read more

Adoptive Family Burned By Daughter's Birth Mom

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: We adopted our daughter, "Opal," at the age of 2. She is 6 now. Opal lived with us off and on as a newborn, but by age 1, she lived permanently with us. We live in a small community, so everyone knows everyone. Opal lived with her biological mom prior to adoption.

We tried to allow interaction between them with certain rules in place...Read more

Grandma Feels Slighted By Stolen Nickname

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DEAR ABBY: We have five grandchildren. All but one call me MeeMaw. I've been MeeMaw since my first grandchild was born 15 years ago. Four years ago, our third grandchild was born, and the fourth arrived the next month. This fourth grandchild was calling me MeeMaw until one day when she started calling me MeeMawMeeMaw, which my child's spouse ...Read more

Father And Son Reconnect But They've Yet To 'connect'

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DEAR ABBY: My husband of two years was estranged from his children after a nasty divorce. He reconnected with his son "Mack" four years ago and has made every effort to show him he's a good man and is truly sorry for not being there for a time.

The only time my husband gets to spend time with Mack is when he's asked to do a project at Mack's ...Read more

Online Acquaintance Asks For A Closer Relationship

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DEAR ABBY: I'm a 70-year-old Black woman who looks about 45 or 50. I recently met a man online while playing dominoes. We have been chatting back and forth for about two weeks now. He is 44, is of German descent and has a 9-year-old son. The problem is, he wants to have a relationship with me.

I have told him I'm 26 years older than he is, my ...Read more

Mother, Daughter Spar Over Parenting Styles

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am raising a granddaughter. We went to visit her aunt and cousin and had a nice day until my granddaughter told her aunt she should let her 5-year-old pick out her own clothes. My daughter became enraged and told me I had to teach my granddaughter to respect adults. I told my daughter I didn't think she should tell me how to raise ...Read more

Woman Shamefully Targets Man With Disabilities

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My son "Ethan" is a visually impaired adult with disabilities. He's articulate, down to earth and joyful to be around. He's a homeowner in a nice area of town.

A woman we met through the Nextdoor app bought an expensive winter coat from us very cheap. She and her husband know Ethan is in Special Olympics and awaiting a guide dog. She...Read more

Man's Fondness For Porn Is A Turnoff For Partner

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I met this man online a year and a half ago. We have been together ever since. There is a serious problem with him watching porn. When we met, I knew he was doing it when I was not with him. He knows I'm not happy about it, and he tried for a while to keep it hidden from me. More recently, he would watch it and then want to come get ...Read more

Widower Struggles To Find A Way Forward

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I was married to a wonderful woman for 27 happy years until she passed last year. We did everything together. Now I feel lonely and depressed. We had a sweet furry guy named Maxx who was our whole world. I lost Maxx a few months ago, and I am devastated.

I'm a very hardworking man. After losing my family, I feel lifeless -- like the ...Read more

Aging Father Has Made Plans For Assets And Possessions

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a single retired grandfather in the South. My daughter, 50, has hitched her wagon to an alcoholic. She's circling the drain and going down with him.

My grandsons are adults and scattered around the country. They are lazy and none of them has a full-time job. We used to keep them during the summers until their mid-teens. Now I don...Read more

Drug Addiction, Violence Are Tearing Family Apart

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My elderly father died recently. Although he had a variety of ailments, including heart disease, his death was unexpected. He spent many years of his life trying to save my drug-addicted, criminal sister from herself. Despite occasional periods of sobriety, she has invariably returned to her evil ways.

Three days before Dad passed, ...Read more

Adult Daughter Has Cut Off Contact With Family Members

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My older daughter, "Brianna," age 42, does not want anything to do with me or her brother and sister-in-law. She keeps me from my granddaughter, who is 17. I have been divorced since the '90s and remarried for 25 years. My first husband was a cheater. I tried very hard to save my first marriage. We got back together six months later, ...Read more

Kind Gesture By Couple Turns Flat Into Friend's Love Nest

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I rented an apartment six weeks ago. A friend of his needed a place to stay due to some marital problems, so we decided she could stay with us. At the beginning, she offered us $500, and we agreed to that. Abby, she hasn't paid us a dime. She has chipped in maybe $30 for food.

She sleeps all day and sits in her room ...Read more



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