Life Advice



Boyfriend Makes A Grab For Woman's Child Tax Credit

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My daughter received her tax refund recently. It amounted to $8,700. Approximately $5,000 is for overpaying on taxes. Approximately $3,000 is the child tax credit she receives for her two children. Her boyfriend, the father of the two boys, thinks he's entitled to some of her money.

Now, I understand the child tax credit is given for...Read more

Wife Discovers Man's Secret Interest In Escorts

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I just found out my husband has been looking at escorts in the local area. I know he has watched porn, but that never bothered me. When I confronted him about seeing his search for escorts, he said he just clicked on a link that popped up on a porn site. (I have seen them, so I know it can happen.)

However, I now know he created ...Read more

Overbearing Boyfriend Ruins Family Get-Togethers

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: We get our children and grandchildren together twice a year. Our oldest daughter is divorced and, unfortunately, has a significant other the rest of our family cannot stand. He's an arrogant, competitive know-it-all.

We have been around him only twice -- the last two times the family got together. The second time was a disaster for ...Read more

Engagement To Town 'Bad Guy' Draws Warnings

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I just got engaged, and I couldn't be happier. But my fiance is referred to by the entire town as the bad guy because of his past. He's changed a lot, and I really want this to work out, but people come to me and say he's not marriage material, and they try to make us break up (one of his exes in particular).

He told me about his ...Read more

Family Is Perplexed By Troublemaking Sister

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My sister is a pathological liar who causes rifts between family members. She tries to turn us against each other. We must constantly check with each other to find out if what she has said about each of us is true. We can't understand why she's this way. None of the rest of us is. When I have asked her, Why are you lying about me, us,...Read more

Couple Clashes Over Time Spent With Sons

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been married five years and are raising four children. One is from my previous relationship, one is from her previous relationship and two are ours. We both have joint custody. My son goes to school near his mom. My wife's son goes to school where we live. They are 9 and 8.

There's a lot of tension between us ...Read more

Dating Experience Suffers In Sex-Obsessed Culture

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 48-year-old woman, divorced for 10 years. During that time, I have been in two serious relationships. I'm no prude, but it seems like everyone I date, and who my friends and I talk to, and articles I see are all about sex, having sex, rushing to sex. It's like there's no emphasis on actually getting to know a person anymore.

I...Read more

Receptionist Hears Doctor And Staff Ridicule Patients

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I work as a receptionist in a small medical office. I love my job, but I cannot tolerate when my co-workers make fun of our patients. Sometimes it happens while the patients are still in the exam rooms, maybe within earshot. Even the doctor contributes to this crudeness.

Some examples: Did you see the size of that guy's nose? or, ...Read more

Special Relationship Ends When Man's Wife Returns

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I've been dating a married man for the last three years, and everything was great. We were attached at the hip and inseparable. I thought we had something special going.

His wife abandoned him and their two children for more than a year, and he didn't know anything about raising kids, so I stepped in to help. It was great. They were ...Read more

Connecting With Teens Will Impact New Relationship

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: After I ended a 20-year marriage, I took some time off from relationships and am now back in the dating world. My ex-husband and I never had children.

I recently met a man with two teenagers. He says I am detached from children. I am not detached! I just never had experience with them. How do I proceed with this relationship since ...Read more

Female Colleagues Get Side-Eye From Man's Wife

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband recently started a new job. He works with a bunch of women, which is a switch from what I'm used to since all his previous jobs were with all men.

These women adore him, and I don't think most are a threat, but two of them are very flirtatious, although he's not one to notice that stuff. He says they act like that with ...Read more

Cost Of College May Be Obstacle To Daughter's Dreams

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My daughter was accepted at a college of her choice in Pennsylvania that offered loads of grant money. Our out-of-pocket is about $6,000 if she gets a Stafford loan or works this summer to help with the $4,500 that would be the loan. My husband is insisting on a community college, which she doesn't want to attend. He constantly cites ...Read more

Dog-Walker Gives Neighbor The Creeps

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 34-year-old woman. I live in a ground floor unit in an apartment complex with my terrier-collie mix, who is a very good judge of character.

An elderly neighbor has a habit of walking his German shepherd by my unit. My dog does not like the man and barks ferociously every time he hears them. What unsettles me is that something ...Read more

Mom Feels Shunned When Planned Playdates Never Materialize

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a mom of two boys, 8 and 12. They both have best friends whose moms I like and I would like to be friends with. My problem is, when we set up a playdate for the boys or make plans, when the time comes around and I text them about it, I don't hear back from them at all. I have even left phone messages a couple of times.

I'm ...Read more

Stress Of Pandemic Changes Beloved Sister's Personality

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My sister and I are best friends. She has always been caring, empathetic and passionate about helping others. Now, however, COVID has turned her into a real piece of work.

Since the pandemic began, she has become increasingly selfish. She interrupts other people's conversations to talk about herself and complains nonstop about how ...Read more

Man Wants To Quit Trying After Wife's Multiple Miscarriages

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have had a total of six miscarriages -- one before our miracle son and five since we began trying for a second child more than two years ago.

I always wanted a boatload of children, but my husband and I agreed on two before we got married. Now he wants to call it quits. He doesn't want to keep trying because he sees ...Read more

Schedules Collide When Mother And Daughter Share A Car

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 16-year-old girl, and I'm having a conflict with my mom over my car. Her car broke down and she needed to use mine, which is completely understandable, and I agreed. However, I have a work schedule I have to stick to, and I need my car to get to and from. I pay all the bills for it, and the title is in my grandfather's name.

I...Read more

Family Estrangement Is Hard To Explain To Kids

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a woman who has been through a lot. I grew up thinking my grandmother was my mother, my mother was my sister, my uncle was my brother, and my own siblings my nieces and nephews. A family issue brought it all out in the open, and now I am estranged from my family.

My grandmother who adopted me passed away a few years ago. The ...Read more

Needy Woman Takes Advantage Of Co-Worker's Kindness

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: There is a woman where I work who is emotionally needy. My work is autonomous, but we are in the same group, so I have to interact with her to some extent.

Early on, I made the mistake of offering her emotional support, thinking she was going through something temporary and her life would get better. This is not the case. Her life is...Read more

Distance Tests Strength Of Military Couple's Engagement

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I've been in a long-distance relationship for 2 1/2 years. We are now engaged, but haven't set a date for our wedding.

We are both in the military, and we have maintained this relationship well. But there was a time before we dated that I was dating someone else. I ended that relationship, but haven't healed from it because I see him...Read more



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