Life Advice



Mom Makes Case For Including Longtime Girlfriend In Family

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married to my husband for 38 years. Our two children are adults now. Our older son has had the same girlfriend for 11 years, but my in-laws still won't accept her because they aren't married, so they don't include her in some family functions. How can I let them know in a nice way that she is family to me? Even my husband ...Read more

Prenup Becomes Roadblock On Couple's Path To The Altar

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have a delightful, caring, loving man in my life. We knew each other years ago when we were married to other people. Three years ago, after a couple of years of courtship, he asked me to move in.

We are great together. He has embraced my two children and especially my two grandchildren as he had none from his previous marriage. ...Read more

Gift Of Christmas Cookies Is More Curse Than Blessing

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Every year for the last 15 years or so, my husband's sister has sent us a huge box of homemade cookies for Christmas. My husband is from a large family, and she does this for each family. I know it involves a great deal of time and effort on her part, and she sends them via priority mail, which means an additional expense.

The ...Read more

Letters From Elderly Dad Are Only Thinly Veiled Criticisms

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I could use some advice on the best response to my 89-year-old father's letters. He cleverly inserts insults into them without writing anything for which he could be criticized.

For example, he has always talked about how he hates fat people. I am very overweight. My father sends me letters talking about how fit and trim another ...Read more

Daughter Dishes Out Criticism But Can't Take It From Mom

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Recently, I kindly and lovingly gave my daughter some feedback on how she berates her husband in front of my 8-year-old grandson. I told her I didn't want him to grow up thinking that's how we treat the people we love. To make a long story short, she said that if I wanted to estrange myself from her, I had succeeded. I remained calm ...Read more

Cranky Friend At Work May Be Threat To Advancement

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I moved to town not long before the pandemic and don't have many close friends here. One of my best friends is a co-worker, Ronna, whom I love dearly.

Ronna has had an extremely rough past, including an extensive history of parental abuse that has left her thin-skinned and suspicious of authority figures. Because of this, she's ...Read more

Twins Are Divided Over Mom's Treatment For Terminal Cancer

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My 63-year-old mother has recently been diagnosed with stage-4 metastatic lung cancer. Even prior to her diagnosis she was a negative and depressed person. She has been a smoker, drinker and backseat driver for almost 50 years.

She has undergone intense radiation but is refusing to take her chemo pill. In her words, why should she ...Read more

Family Photos Are At Risk After Brother-In-Law's Death

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband's sister passed away in 2013. Her husband, Roger, joined her in heaven three months ago.

There are pictures in their house of my husband's family (parents, grandparents) that he would like to have and that are of no interest to Roger's family since they never knew those relatives. Not knowing the etiquette for asking for ...Read more

Ring Presented At Engagement Ceremony Is Unhappy Surprise

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: When my then-boyfriend asked me to marry him, he didn't have a ring ready, but I happily accepted his proposal. We were in our late 20s and had been dating for almost 10 years. He then took me to the jewelry store so I could select one to my taste and liking (within budget). We took a picture of the ring, and he told me he would bring...Read more

Habit Of One-Upmanship Pushes Women's Friendship To The Limit

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have a good friend I'll call Josie. She's kind, generous and always willing to help. There is only one problem -- she lies.

The lies she tells are ridiculous. I find myself getting more and more angry as she stumbles through her stories. If someone makes a comment, she takes over the conversation and we hear a looong story about ...Read more

Family Ties Break Down After Mom Moves Away

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Since I moved eight years ago, my son, Jim, has visited me only once, and that's because I gave his son my car. I rarely hear from him, and when I have visited, we barely talk. We have totally different ideas on life, and it has caused a rift in our relationship.

When I have visited Jim and his wife, they just sit, watch movies and ...Read more

Confession To Decades-Old Infidelity Devastates Wife

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Two years ago, my husband of 50 years confessed that 46 years ago, shortly after our son was born, he had a one-night stand with a total stranger he gave a ride to. She offered sex to him, and they went to a hotel for the brief encounter. He said he had totally forgotten about it until recently. He said he was very upset when he ...Read more

Holidays This Year Inspire Thinking Outside The Gift Box

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: With the holidays fast approaching, I'm starting to think about shopping. Honestly, I'm tired of shopping for adults who don't need anything. Finding gifts for them becomes more daunting each year. I think gift cards and direct money are tacky Christmas presents.

Do you think it would be odd to ask my adult children and other family ...Read more

Girlfriend Left On Sideline At Small Family Wedding

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend of five years calls me his partner. I care about his family, and they are happy we are together.

His daughter had a small wedding with just a few family members and the wedding party. I sat alone in our room for hours while they took pre-wedding photos. Not a problem. But when no voices were heard, I looked out, and ...Read more

Restaurant-Goer Sounds Off About Facetiming Customers

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Last weekend, my companion and I went to one of our favorite restaurants for an intimate dinner. Per social distancing regulations, a mid-70s couple was seated approximately 15 to 18 feet away. Halfway through our meal, they began FaceTiming with their great-grandchildren and family.

Their conversation continued for more than 10 ...Read more

Relatives Pressed Into Manual Labor By Aunt Who Lives Alone

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Ten months ago, my aunt's 66-year-old live-in boyfriend died unexpectedly. She has no children and is left with a four-bedroom, two-bathroom house to take care of by herself. She has always been in debt (I think), and his final expenses only made it worse.

Since his death, she has expected my family (mostly me) to complete a list of ...Read more

A Masked-Up Society Presents Challenges To Deaf Citizens

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: As we return to work, businesses and expanded health care are opening up after the pandemic shutdown. We all are pretty much required to wear masks anywhere we go these days.

I am a deaf person and rely on lip-reading for communication. Wearing a mask has shut out my contact with the hearing world as far as communication goes. I have...Read more

Woman Discovers Truth About Boyfriend's Dangerous Nature

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been in a wonderful relationship and blissfully happy for two years. We live together. When Scott and I first got together, he told me he had a felony conviction and that a woman had falsely accused him of rape. I laughed it off because I didn't want to see the truth, but it ate at me badly. Then I finally looked it up via a ...Read more

Letter-Writing Fades Away When Needed More Than Ever

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Would you please address again the importance of expressing gratitude via a handwritten note when a generous gift has been given? We grandparents would love it to be acknowledged by our grandchildren. Some of them are better than others at this. My take is that their parents, although they were taught properly, didn't take the time to...Read more

Condo Community Feels Effects Of Stress During The Pandemic

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I own a condo in a building with 22 units. Because of COVID, one of the HOA board members has posted signs stating rules throughout the building. The rules are typical for these trying times, but the number of signs is obsessive. Many of the residents dislike the signs, but my husband was the one who wrote a nasty ...Read more



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