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Husband's Fantasies Have Opposite Effect For Wife

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married 30 years. Our marriage has been a happy one. My husband supports me through everything. Our problems come up in the bedroom. A few years ago, he wanted to add "spice" to our relationship with a threesome. I agreed to try it if it would make him happy.

Now every time we make love he wants to talk about another man ...Read more

Man Can't Get His Wife To The Church On Time

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Punctuality is important to me. My husband has many great qualities, but punctuality is not one of them. We have been married 20-plus years and, after many discussions, have not been able to come to agreement on this. We are late to church almost every Sunday and to most parties and family events.

I think it's rude to keep people ...Read more

Colleague's Abuse Of Sick Leave Has Come To A Head

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My co-worker takes advantage of our employer's generous sick leave policy and calls in sick frequently. She will return the next day with no outward sign of illness and has, on several occasions, returned with a fresh haircut and manicure. When she's at work, she frequently steps away from her desk for personal calls.

I finally said ...Read more

Wife Struggles With Husband's Repeat Infidelity

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: After 40 years of marriage, I just found out my husband has been having an emotional affair, in addition to an actual girlfriend he had 15 years ago. I forgave him the last time. This time, he has only said he is wrong, but he hasn't offered an apology, nor is he remorseful.

How can this be resolved? I have removed my wedding rings ...Read more

Navigating Old And Enduring Relationships In A New Marriage

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I recently married "Joel," a man I love very much. While we have our differences, we are solid in the knowledge that we love each other and are in this marriage for the long haul.

Our wedding pictures just arrived and, after going through them together, I asked my husband to create a digital album to share with our family and friends...Read more

Wife Can't Abide Husband's Other Love: His Weed

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been with my husband for seven years, and I'm tired of having the same fight every day. He smokes marijuana, and I hate it. It has been a constant battle for years. We tried therapy, which helped for a while, but he goes back to smoking behind my back. We tried to reach a compromise that he smoke only after a certain time of ...Read more

Granddaughter Disturbed By Grandmother's Early Work

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My grandma died when I was 7. She was my favorite person, and I adored her. She played with me when no one else had the time, taught me how to bake, told me stories and didn't care that I was playing in the dishwater when she was trying to wash dishes.

I always knew that before she married Grandpa, she had worked as a cook in an ...Read more

While Wife Was Away, Husband Discovered Women's Clothing

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife has been away for a while caring for her ill parents. Because I was alone, I decided to experiment with wearing women's clothes and found that I really enjoyed wearing leggings. They make very comfortable pajamas. I also found that sports bras not only provide compression that feels good, but also serve a purpose because I ...Read more

60th Anniversary Looms With No Acknowledgement From Kids

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have a good, if not terribly close, relationship with my adult son and daughter. We speak every few weeks. They live some distance away. There's no drama, no negative angst between us. My husband and I will soon be celebrating our 60th wedding anniversary. Neither our son nor our daughter has acknowledged the occasion nor asked if ...Read more

Expat Gets The Cold Shoulder From French Natives

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I went to college in France. It was my lifelong dream to move here and start my own life in this beautiful country. I succeeded. I married and had a child, but the marriage didn't work out. My son, who is now 8, has spent his whole life here. He fits in. He is popular. However, as a single working mother in a foreign land, I do not.

...Read more

Husband Fondly Idolizes Old Girlfriends To Wife

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for 40 years, and we've had our ups and downs. My problem is, he frequently talks about the girls he knew before me. He describes them all in glowing terms -- gorgeous, perfect body, beautiful hair, well-endowed and on and on. It makes me feel self-conscious and inadequate.

Add to this he is short-...Read more

Living At Boyfriend's House Requires Dealing With Dad

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I live with my boyfriend and his father. I moved in two years ago to help them pay bills so they could keep living in the house my boyfriend grew up in. But the situation has become unlivable.

My boyfriend's father is rude, racist and self-centered. It doesn't matter that we are struggling; he goes out and spends all his money on ...Read more

Colleague's Cancer Fight Waged In Different Manner

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband was diagnosed with advanced chronic leukemia seven years ago. After two rounds of chemo, he was better for a while but was diagnosed with advanced multiple myeloma a year ago. He has been through almost constant chemo and radiation, lost more than six inches of height due to osteoporosis and fractures, and can barely walk ...Read more

Wedding Plans Clouded By Young Man's Mental Illness

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: After three years together, my fiance and I plan to be married next year. While we have the usual couples' things going on, one concern is making me consider postponing the wedding or ending the engagement. My fiance has a son whose mental illness led him to withdraw from high school at 16. He has done nothing since. He doesn't work, ...Read more

Middle Schooler Finds It Hard To Make New Friends

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My daughter is in eighth grade at a small private school. The problem is, she doesn't have any friends there. Away from school she makes friends easily. But around classmates she has known for years, she's quiet and awkward. She isn't invited to parties or other fun activities. She wants to make friends and join in conversations but ...Read more

Teen Fears Siblings' Bullying About Her Sexual Orientation

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a teenage girl who has recently discovered I am bisexual. I told a few close friends, and I'm happy to say they have accepted me. Nothing has changed. I have not told any of my family yet. I know my parents will support me, but the problem is two of my four siblings. They constantly tease and taunt me, call me names and pick on ...Read more

Couple Mending Relationship Eye Speed Bump On The Path

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I've been in a long-term relationship with my boyfriend, "Mack," for about 25 years. Eleven years ago we became more like roommates. I asked him to go to couples counseling, but he adamantly refused. He said, "If you don't like it, find someone else."

Long story short, I began an affair with an acquaintance of ours. After a short ...Read more

Line In The Sand Drawn Over Sons' Habit Of Dropping By

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: In our 20 years of marriage, my wife's two sons have frequently stopped by or called ahead with literally 10 minutes to a half-hour's notice. It usually happens around mealtime, when we aren't prepared for feeding multiple people.

I plan every meal in advance, and would welcome them to visit with a little common courtesy. We had two ...Read more

Man Discovers Lost Family, But Still Feels Unwanted

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I was adopted at 6 weeks old. My parents adopted my sister two years later. They weren't very good parents -- not abusive, but with no understanding of how to treat children. Ten years later they had a biological son, who became the center of their world, and I was pretty much left alone at a young age to raise myself.

Thirty years ...Read more

Wife Fights Losing Battle Versus Husband And His Mom

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband inherited a nasty habit from his mother. He calls people "crazy" to discredit them so he can win arguments and stifle discussion. I have told him it's lazy to pass judgment on someone that way. It also shows the world how ignorant he is, because he thinks he'll win every argument by playing the crazy card -- a personal ...Read more

 

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