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Son Keeps His Social Life Out Of His Parents' View

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Our 22-year-old son stays with us. He has a part-time job and goes to school part-time. He is somewhat secretive. We don't know his friends or where he goes.

One day he brought a male friend over and they hung out in our guesthouse, drinking and playing video games. This went on for several hours and then the blinds closed. My ...Read more

Grandma Is Collateral Damage In Man's War With Mother

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm close to 70 and have three grown children. I've been a widow for 15 years. My oldest son, age 45, has pretty much cut himself off from our fairly close family. His reason: Two years ago, after I had surgery for lung cancer, he claims I told him I wished I had never had children. This couldn't be further from the truth. All three ...Read more

One Nice Turn Grows Awkward When Friend Asks Too Much

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: About a year ago, a good friend, Beth, went through a violent tragedy that destroyed her family. My husband and I own a small waterfront property, so during the months following, I took Beth away for the weekend to hopefully allow her some healing and emotional recovery. She then asked me to go again and, when I couldn't go, asked if ...Read more

New Mother Can't Let Go Of Story Of Baby's Death

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I recently had a baby, and I have been diagnosed as having postpartum depression. I have tried all of the prescribed medications but took myself off them because of the side effects.

The issue I'm having is I read a news story about a tiny baby who was scalded to death years ago by his mother. I think about that precious baby all day...Read more

Relationship With Mr. Right Goes Wrong As Values Collide

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Nine months ago I met this incredible guy and we fell in love. We got along so well. He's smart, good-looking, has a great career and there didn't seem to be any problems.

Six months later, he casually mentioned that we are political opposites. Now I'm not that big on politics, and we all have reasons for being conservative or ...Read more

Young Divorcee Is Reluctant To Talk About Her Marriage

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: When I was 18, I married someone who, at the time, I loved very much. It happened sort of spur of the moment. Not even six months into the marriage, he cheated on me.

I am now 20, divorced and finally feel ready to move on. But how do I go about dating at my age being a divorcee? I don't know how to talk about it. I have friends who ...Read more

Readers Advocate Respect For Opposing Viewpoints

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm writing regarding Open-Minded in the South (Nov. 24), the Christian woman who's a supporter of the LGBTQ community. She's concerned about her boyfriend's mother's inability to see her viewpoint and the effect it would have on future kids. I experienced something nearly identical. My boyfriend's grandfather is an ordained pastor, ...Read more

Lovers Aren't The Only Ones Who Celebrate Valentine's Day

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Valentine's Day is here and, to be honest, I don't know much about St. Valentine. So I wonder if he meant the day to only be about lovers.

Is there any reason I shouldn't send valentines to my friends? Why should anyone feel bad because they're not with someone? If you love and/or care about a person, can't you send them a box of ...Read more

May-December Romance Trips On Question Of Having Kids

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 67-year-old single white man. My girlfriend is 21 and African-American. We have been together a year and a half and are deeply in love. We have lots of fun together and go out and do things.

When we are out together, people often stare at us. She's very attractive and turns heads. I tell her everyone is looking at her because ...Read more

Second Wife-To-Be Wants Man's Name All To Herself

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I both got divorced about the same time, but his took much longer to become final. It is finally over, so we have begun talking seriously about marriage and starting a family.

During one of our conversations, he mentioned that his ex-wife doesn't intend to change back to her maiden name. I was shocked because she ...Read more

Discovery Of Genetic Disorder Forces Confession Of Affair

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Ten years ago, I had an affair with a married man that resulted in a pregnancy and then a miscarriage. I was also married at the time. Pathology testing revealed that the child had a rare genetic disorder inherited on the paternal side. My husband's genetic test indicated that he was not a carrier. The revelation led to my admission ...Read more

Wife's Flirtation With Waiter Earns Rebuke From Husband

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been married for 36 years and have five adult children. We have a loving, caring and mutually supportive relationship.

We recently had dinner at a restaurant, and she became very flirty and familiar with our male server, who was one-third her age and a complete stranger. She complimented him on his handsome looks, ...Read more

Family Registers Disapproval By Unfriending Man's Fiancee

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: After two years of dating, my boyfriend and I recently got engaged. We're in our 30s and grew up in the same town. It will be a second marriage for both of us. We were each previously married close to 10 years. I have four children; he has none.

He loves my children like they are his own, and they love him. His family was nice to me ...Read more

Bathroom Peeping Tom Stuns Retirement Home Employee

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Something happened at work that has me traumatized. I work at a retirement house for a convent. The nuns are sweet, kind and easy to get along with. But last week while I was using the bathroom, a nun decided to be a Peeping Tom while I was on the toilet. She laughed at me in a taunting manner saying, I can see you! I screamed at her ...Read more

Single Mom Drawn To Married Man With Terminally Ill Wife

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a single mom. A few months ago I met a man who contacted me on social media. After meeting him, I realized he was married, but he was not happy. Unfortunately, his wife has a terminal illness, and he feels obligated to care for her until it is over. We formed a very close bond as we talked and soon realized we are in love and ...Read more

Three's Too Crowded For Wife In 'Shades Of Grey' Marriage

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I've been married to my best friend for nine years. We have our ups and downs, but we're generally happy. When Fifty Shades of Grey came out, I told him I was interested in exploring that scene. He was thrilled because he's always been in the lifestyle but was afraid to scare me away.

Fast forward four years: I no longer wish to be ...Read more

Promising Relationship Fades With Man's Missing Smile

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I need your advice. I'm a 66-year-old woman who has been single most of my life. I am semi-retired and don't look or act my age.

I recently met the man of my dreams on a dating app. We are the same age, and the attraction is mutual. However, there's one thing I'm having trouble with. He lives on Social Security, which is OK, but he ...Read more

Daughter Of An Addict Frowns On Her Husband's Drinking

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My mother-in-law was a drug addict for most of my wife's life. Because of this, my wife refuses to use any addictive substances, including alcohol. I enjoy having a beer or three occasionally. I never get drunk, just pleasantly tipsy. This happens maybe once a month.

Every time I drink, she gets very judgmental, as if I'm some sort ...Read more

New, Simpler Lifestyle Sparks Anger Among Family, Friends

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I decided a couple of years ago that we wanted to live a simpler, slower-paced life. We decided to get rid of our TV, tablets and social media accounts and trade our smartphones in for flip phones, among other changes. Since then we have been focusing more on our marriage and our four kids. We have picked up new hobbies...Read more

Adult Child Sees Too Much Togetherness In Family Trip

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: This spring, my entire family will be traveling 15 hours away for a wedding. I was excited about it until my family started making plans.

I'm 21 and live alone, so I'm pretty independent from my parents. The thought of being around them 24/7 for a week straight drives me crazy.

They took it upon themselves to get a credit card in my...Read more


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