Life Advice



Siblings Fail To Support One Of Their Own After Loss

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband passed away from COVID in 2021. A year later, after it was safe to socialize, I had a memorial dinner to commemorate him. Not one of my seven local siblings attended. They said, "That was for HIS family." I didn't argue or try to convince them that I needed them. It was terribly embarrassing when my friends and my husband's...Read more

Mother Doesn't Want Son's Girlfriend At Every Event

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My son is a sophomore in college. He has been dating a girl he met at school for almost a year. Her family no longer speaks to her for reasons I don't know. I have included her in our family holidays, but she later tells my son that she thinks I don't like her.

It causes problems for me when I visit him at school, which is often ...Read more

Man Asked His Girlfriend To Decline A Wedding Role

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 29-year-old man who has been with a fantastic woman, 25, for the last year. I believe she is The One. We have moved quickly and have already settled into an apartment together.

Recently, she was asked to be a bridesmaid in a wedding between her ex's cousin and a friend she met through her ex. Her ex will be a part of the ...Read more

Relative Reveals Sordid Story To Prevent Wedding

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend of three years recently proposed. The issue is he's the great-nephew of the man who jilted my great-aunt at the altar in the 1970s. My aunt dated his great-uncle for financial reasons, which she has admitted. She tried to ensure he would stay with her by "baby trapping" him and telling him he had to marry her. He agreed ...Read more

Wealthy In-Law 'Forgets' Promise Made To Widow

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a widow. I supported my husband during our entire marriage with no help from his wealthy parents. My husband died before his father did. After my father-in-law's death, I received nothing. My sister-in-law told me she would give me $5,000, but she would invest it for me and give it to me after I retire.

Well, that was 10 years ...Read more

Grandmother Has A Habit Of Mentioning One Child

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm 42 and recently had my first baby. My brother is six years younger and has a baby who just turned 1. Our mom has a total of four biological grandkids and one step-grandchild.

I know Mom loves all of them. She is a very caring and giving grandmother. But lately, anytime I bring up my daughter in conversation, she automatically ...Read more

Friendship's Decline Doesn't Stop A Solicitation For Cash

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My friend "Gene" and I have been friends since elementary school. We're now in our 50s. We were inseparable best friends all those years. When we were about 30, I started noticing our friendship seemed to be a one-way street because he made no effort to initiate contact.

Gene was gracious and inviting if I called him, but he never ...Read more

Couple Fears For Well-Being Of Abused Friend And Child

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife's good friend has had a tough time since her divorce. She started dating this guy off and on a few years ago. After the second breakup, we learned the reason. He was verbally abusive (same as her ex-husband).

They eventually resumed living together only to break up again after he threw hot cooking oil on her. This qualifies ...Read more

Grieving Man's New 'friends' Concern Wife Of Four Decades

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 42 years. Three months ago, I started seeing changes in my husband's behavior. He had lost two good friends within two months, so I attributed it to that.

Then one day, he asked me to look up something on his phone and that's when I saw text messages between him and a girl named "Ginger" who works for him, ...Read more

Husband Likes To Get High But Keeps Lying About It

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been married for 10 years, together for 12. We have no children together, but I have four from a previous marriage. Two are grown and have moved out; two are still home and in high school.

When we got together, my husband stepped right up and became a wonderful stepdad. He has always been a provider, a listener,...Read more

Young Adult Eyes New Path For Happiness And Support

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm new to the LGBTQ+ community and finding it tough. I'm torn between living a happy life or being around my family, who don't 100% accept me as bisexual/asexual and involved with a transgender female. My new partner and I are happy together, but my family doesn't approve that I'm finally feeling happy and accepted by someone who ...Read more

Husband's Volatile Temper Worsens After He Loses Job

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: When my husband, "Wayne," and I were dating 15 years ago, he would occasionally get angry and stalk off or bust a bag of chips, but after I gave him time alone, he'd be back like nothing happened. He always said that episodes such as this were something he was "working on."

After we had children, the incidents continued occasionally....Read more

Woman Pays High Emotional Cost Trying To Help Mother

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My mom always catered to my dad when I was growing up. I was left to pretty much raise myself. Their drinking and social life were their priorities. I ended up pregnant at 16 and married to an abusive 21-year-old man, and I was divorced at 17.

After that, I was on my own. Mom never helped other than writing an occasional check so my ...Read more

Widowed Spouse Makes Plea To All Living Partners

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Today I ironed and folded my late husband's lucky fishing shirt and placed it into a box going to Goodwill. Continuing with the task, I matched up 14 pairs of my good merino wool socks, most of which had been gifts from him in times that were not so flush. After three months, I have finally moved the box containing his ashes from the ...Read more

Gifts Given By In-Law Look Awfully Familiar

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I recently married "John," the love of my life. I have a great relationship with my mother-in-law, "Sarah." She and my father-in-law are retired and well-off financially. For each special occasion, John and I thoughtfully select gifts for his parents, and we have spent extra to ensure that our gifts convey our love and appreciation ...Read more

This Famous Brownie Recipe Comes With Its Own Warning

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have read that you have a sweet tooth. I do, too. That's why I'm interested in your recipe booklets, particularly if you have included dessert recipes. Which ones do you particularly love? -- LOVES IT SWEET IN ANNAPOLIS, MD

DEAR LOVES: That's a tough question. It's hard to choose just one recipe because I do have a sweet tooth as ...Read more

Son Has Become A Doormat To Cheating, Abusive Wife

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Our daughter-in-law is morally corrupt, egotistical and narcissistic. For almost a year she has been blatant about having an affair and has abused and disrespected our son and two of her three daughters. She has taken innumerable vacations over the years without our son. When they are together at home, she constantly puts him down and...Read more

Relationship With Younger Partner Collapses Bitterly

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a middle-aged gay man who has never had any serious relationships. A few months ago, I met a 22-year-old guy. He seemed really sweet and nice, and we had good times when we were together, so I let him use me for money. He played on the feelings I thought I had for him, and I think I still do.

The other night, I caught him lying ...Read more

Woman's Choice Of Partner Is About To End Inheritance

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 67-year-old father to a wonderful daughter. She has decided to stay with her boyfriend, who recently got out of jail for stealing $200,000 from his grandparents. Because of this, I do not want to leave her a large sum of money when I pass. (As of now, she would inherit it.)

My problem is, how do I tell her I am removing her ...Read more

Husband Acknowledges Affair, But Not Everything Adds Up

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband had an affair. I found out after seeing a motel charge on our bank account. I asked, and he confessed that it was with an old school sweetheart. I asked how long it was going on. He said two years. He then called her and told her I knew. He told me he had told her if I ever found out, it was over for them.

When I got on ...Read more



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