Life Advice



Diabetic's Monitor Is More Than An Office Annoyance

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Disturbed in Texas (June 5) was annoyed by the sound of a diabetic co-worker's beeper going off frequently. Disturbed may not fully understand this situation. The beeper is a continuous glucose monitor (CGM), which alerts insulin-dependent diabetics to any blood sugar levels that are out of range. Swift action may be required to ...Read more

Rekindled Romance Isn't Creating Much Heat

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Over the last couple of years, I have become close with someone I was intimately involved with 20 years ago. We had a relatively short but very passionate relationship back then, which she ended for reasons that I'm still not clear about. For me, she was the one who got away. We never really fought and remained friendly over the years...Read more

Wedding Invitation Rescinded For One Of Two Aunts

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My daughter is getting married. Due to COVID restrictions, she had to cut back her guest list after sending save the dates. She wrote nice letters to those who were now uninvited, explaining the situation and how devastated she was. Well, one of my two sisters received a letter, and my family is falling apart over it.

My daughter and...Read more

Online Relationship Blossoms For Older Woman

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Two years ago, I met a wonderful man online. He's from Wales in the U.K. He's 21 years younger than I am, so, naturally, I'm cautious about how our relationship will hold up through the years. (He's 42; I'm 63.)

He says I am everything he's dreamed of, and more. He's nonjudgmental, kind, sweet and very witty. His intelligence amazes ...Read more

Grandma's Responsibilities Begin To Pile Up

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My daughter is pregnant with her second child. Her first, my granddaughter, is 2, and the light of my life. I lovingly offered to take care of her when it's time for my daughter to have the baby. She's having a C-section, so she may be in the hospital for a couple days.

My daughter wants me to come to her house one day out of every ...Read more

New Living Arrangement Includes A Proposition

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Six months into the pandemic I was furloughed, then laid off a few months later. Because of the loss of income, I could no longer afford my rent and was forced to move. It was tough finding anything affordable in the area. A good friend from college (Josie) and her husband own a big home with a detached guest house, and offered me the...Read more

Husband's Pantyhose Fixation Bothers Wife

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm having difficulty understanding my husband's obsession with pantyhose. When we met 10 years ago, he explained to me during a phone conversation that he liked wearing pantyhose and nylon stockings. He's not an outward cross-dresser. His obsession is limited to simply wearing nylon. I accepted his eccentricities and we have shared a...Read more

Young Adult Struggling As A Full-Time Caregiver

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm 23 years old and caring for my two grandparents. My dad, their only son, lives with them, but avoids them at all costs, no matter how much I beg him to help. He causes more problems than he solves. I graduated from college last year, but because of all the doctor appointments, nurse visits and the attention they need, there's no ...Read more

Man's Lack Of Engagement Concerns Family-To-Be

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My stepdaughter is engaged to a wonderful young man she has been with for more than three years. We welcome him as part of our family and are excited to have him as a son-in-law. However, due to his overwhelming anxiety (as my stepdaughter explains it), he barely says a word whenever we see him.

In the several years they have been ...Read more

Reader Claims Many Obituaries Missing Key Information

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: This may seem inconsequential, but there seems to be a growing trend of omitting a woman's maiden name in obituaries. As someone in my 70s, I read the obits more often, but I know I have missed opportunities to send condolences and offer childhood stories to family members of former playmates because I didn't know their married names....Read more

Roommates Get Snippy Over Canine Care

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DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are newlyweds and share an apartment with another couple because we ran into financial difficulties, and this was our only option. The problem is the other couple has two dogs they expect us to take care of while they're at work.

My husband and I get home two hours earlier than they do in the evening, and they have ...Read more

Sister's Proselytizing Impacts Man's Social Life

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have a much older sister who has become very religious. Most of her life decisions are based on her faith, so conversations tend to develop into faith-oriented topics and justifications. I don't initiate these conversations, and I make a genuine effort to understand her perspective. When I am not able to, I have mastered the smile ...Read more

Wife Can't Convey Uncertainty Of Pregnancy To Husband

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been together for eight years, married for two. We recently started discussing having a family. I have polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and it may be difficult for me to get pregnant. I suffered a miscarriage earlier this year. Until it happened, I didn't realize how badly I wanted a baby.

We both feel we are ...Read more

Woman Continues To Hide Ex's Double Life

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I broke up with my boyfriend a few months ago, but I'm still having a difficult time getting over him. I discovered he was responding to sexual messages from men and sending them pictures of himself, including his body parts. I feel this is the biggest betrayal any woman could experience, and keeping the truth from our mutual friends ...Read more

Adult Son Resists Rent Demands From Parents

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Should a 23-year-old son pay room and board even though he spends little time at home and eats out often? He doesn't do laundry or help around the house. His argument is, we shouldn't take money so he can save and buy a condo.

We are middle-class people and, at times, some bills are hard to pay. Our 20-year-old daughter contributes $...Read more

Man Still Depends On Ex-Wife For Everyday Needs

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been with my boyfriend, John, for a year and a half. He had been divorced for two years after a 20-year marriage when we got together. He told me he and his ex, Jessica, were still good friends. I thought it was OK since they were co-parenting their kid. I have children of my own, and I understand.

I gave up everything and ...Read more

Long-Held Family Secret Continues To Be Hidden

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have a half-sister who is 14 years younger, and there is a sensitive genealogical matter I have never shared with her. Her father married our mother while she was pregnant with another man's child. That man lied to her about being single and wanting to marry her. My stepfather came on the scene, fell in love with Mom (knowing she ...Read more

Single Woman Fears She May Never Be A Wife And Mother

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 31-year-old woman who has been in many relationships since high school. No engagements, however, although four of the men mentioned they wanted to marry me. I lived with three of them.

I'm a former model, have almost completed my second master's degree and hold a steady government job. I don't understand why I feel so ...Read more

Ungrateful Daughter Resorts To Intimidation

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My 40-year-old daughter has never worked. She never married but has a 5-year-old son and is expecting a girl in six months. My husband bought a house for her to live in, but she didn't like it. When he passed away, I bought her a different house and sold the first one.

I footed all the bills on both houses. I used my savings to pay ...Read more

Errant Expression Leads To Yearslong Misunderstanding

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have always suffered from what I now know is social anxiety disorder. When I have to attend a large family function, I'm extremely nervous and miserable. As a result, sometimes I have had a sour expression on my face (although I didn't realize it). At a gathering several years ago, I guess I inadvertently gave what appeared to be a ...Read more



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