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Sister Is Appalled By What Brother Asks Mom To Do

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My brother and his wife recently had their second child through induced labor. On the delivery day, my mother asked what she could do to help. My brother asked her to go to his home, which is an hour away, sweep and vacuum the house, change the sheets and do the laundry because they didn't have time.

I feel it was extremely ...Read more

Fiance Refuses To Vacate House For Girls' Weekend

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I live with my fiance, and we are being married in eight months. When I asked him if he would go and stay with his parents or some friends on a weekend when my girlfriend comes into town so we can have girl time, he got highly offended and said he isn't leaving his house. I pay more than he does in rent, and I don't feel I should have...Read more

New American Wants To Get U.S. Social Customs Right

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I went through a divorce recently and have already found a woman I love. I have children -- three boys and a daughter -- I love very much. I'm currently paying child support to my ex for my 15-year-old daughter. The boys are grown and on their own.

I'm a first-generation American from Latin America, and I have a question regarding ...Read more

Thanksgiving Prayer For Peace Seeks To Bring World Together

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Our organization, No Greater Love, is a nonprofit humanitarian organization that honors America's fallen and their families, and promotes peace. I am reaching out to you and your millions of readers about an important event we are planning. NGL invites you and your readers to become links in our Chain of Prayer for Peace.

As you ...Read more

Dad Who Can't Drive Loses Connection To Adult Children

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband had a medical event that left him unable to drive. He is very isolated despite my efforts to keep him connected. His children live an hour away, and it's up to me to drive him to them. They rarely call him. He has a stepdaughter who lives only a few miles from us. We reach out to her, but she also doesn't have time for him....Read more

Teen Is Tasked With Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner -- Alone

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 17-year-old girl and somewhat spoiled. My mother delivers breakfast in bed to me daily. My dad eats a burger for dinner, but Mom cooks a ribeye steak with a loaded baked potato for me.

I don't know how to cook, but Dad says I must cook a complete Thanksgiving dinner with no assistance! My smartphone will help, but do you have ...Read more

Friendship Fades Following Criticism Of Husband's Jokes

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been friends with Martha for 40 years. We live a few hundred miles apart, so I like to call her and chat. The problem is, her husband always answers the phone, and he likes to give me a hard time.

When I identify myself and ask to speak to Martha, he says he doesn't know anyone by my name, or says there's no Martha living ...Read more

Man Who Hates His Job Drags Girlfriend Down With Griping

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been dating my boyfriend for three years. We have lived together for the last two. We have a great life together, but there is a problem I don't know how to solve. Jeremy hates his job.

We met in the education department of our college, and after graduation, we both took jobs in the public school system. I enjoy my career, but...Read more

Well-Written Thank-Yous Don't Have To Be Long Compositions

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: You have mentioned in the past that you have a booklet on writing letters, including thank-you notes. Where do I send for it? I'll need four because my grandkids are lacking in that area.

It's truly a shame that younger generations haven't been taught about the importance of such notes. A simple thank you can not only open doors of ...Read more

Discovery Of Pregnancy Tests Surprises Live-In Girlfriend

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a lesbian. My girlfriend and I have been dating for six months. We have an awesome relationship and are very happy and open with each other.

I know she has dated guys in the past -- so have I -- so I'm not worried about that nonsense at all. But I recently found something of hers that surprised me. It was a container of ...Read more

Unhappy Grandma Gets An Eyeful Of Son-In-Law Wearing Skivvies

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: After my future son-in-law moved in with our daughter, my husband and I stopped by unannounced to visit. He answered the door in his underwear and never bothered to go put on a pair of shorts. We didn't say anything and, of course, didn't stay long.

It was close to Christmas, so we bought him a robe and my husband jokingly told him, ...Read more

Grieving Family Member Urges Smokers To Quit A Deadly Habit

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: The winter months are hard for me. They remind me that another year has gone by without my father and my younger sister.

Dad had been a smoker since his teens and died from pancreatic cancer at 39. I was 13, and my siblings were younger. In those days, we didn't know that smoking was a risk factor for pancreatic cancer.

My sister ...Read more

Three-Year Age Difference Complicates Teenage Crush

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 17-year-old girl and a junior in high school. I have a crush on a guy who's 14 and a freshman. I know age gaps don't matter as much later on, but the difference between 17 and 14 can be drastic. Jake is really sweet, and he's as interested in me as I am in him (unlike the boys in my grade).

I'm friends with Jake's sister Julie,...Read more

Sister Takes Friend To Task For Missing Brother's Funeral

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I missed the funeral of a long-time family friend, Tom, because I foolishly relied on one of my relatives to let me know when the service was and she didn't. I had to go out of town two days after Tom died, but I should have called someone before I left so I could revise my travel plans. I was so sure my family would let me know.

Out...Read more

As Boyfriend's Hair Disappears, So Does Woman's Attraction

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My physical attraction to my boyfriend has significantly diminished due to his baldness. I know this may seem shallow, but I have lost all interest in intimate contact with him. When I look at his bald head or he rests his head on my shoulder, it literally makes my stomach lurch!

Our romance began 20 years ago when he still had hair....Read more

Divorced Mom Mulls Overruling Dad On Daughter's Social Life

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My ex-husband and I have been divorced for three years and share custody of our 10-year-old daughter, who lives with me full time. Her father lives out of state and sees her during the summer months.

Last year my daughter had an incident (an I'll show you mine, you show me yours kind of thing) with a friend at school, and my ex and I...Read more

Man Who Lost His 'spark' Gets Inspiration From Readers

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm responding to Wallowing in the North (June 16), who has had a wonderful life and has accomplished all the goals he set out for himself at age 56, but now feels no spark to carry on. Abby, he's in a unique position to help someone else who hasn't had all those advantages in life.

He could foster a child and enlighten that child ...Read more

New Carpet Provokes Old Complaints From Husband

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 45 years. My husband and I get along fine. We each have our little quirks, but after all these years, we are used to each other. There is just one thing that really bugs me about him. When repairs need to be done outside the house, we have it done -- new roof, new siding, driveway paved, even solar panels. We ...Read more

Father-In-Law's Gifts Of Food Turn Pregnant Woman Green

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am pregnant. Because of this, my father-in-law has started to dote on me, especially with food. He says cooking is his passion, but he's a horrible cook. Every time he shows up, he brings something he spent hours making and I feel obligated to eat.

My husband stepped in briefly when his father kept making me spinach quiche. After ...Read more

Food Gives Overweight Teen An Escape From Depression

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My 15-year-old granddaughter is an emotional eater and has gained a lot of weight. When she was quite young, her mother walked out, and that rejection, combined with her dad laying a lot of the household responsibility on her, makes her anxious and depressed. Her dad isn't great with the whole feelings thing, and I live 800 miles away...Read more

 

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