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Tapped-Out Dad-To-Be Looks For An Economical Push Gift

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I are expecting our first child. A friend of hers pulled me aside to ask if I had already gotten my wife a push gift. I have never heard of this, but apparently it's supposed to be something nice, like jewelry, to celebrate the birth.

We have already been spending a lot of extra money to decorate a nursery. In addition, ...Read more

Guilt Mingles With Grief After Boyfriend's Death

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend died unexpectedly a few months ago, and it has been a struggle to get through my sadness. We had been through a lot in the year and a half we were dating, including some infidelities on my part.

Aside from my sadness and guilt, I'm struggling with the fear that I'll never live down my infidelities or be able to make it ...Read more

Dad Suspects He's Judged For His Stay-At-Home Status

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm at my wits' end. I have been unemployed for almost two years. My wife has been working during that time. We have two girls I take care of as a stay-at-home dad. Although I have consistently searched for work, I haven't found anything, and it's driving me crazy. I have edited and re-edited my resume, but nothing has happened.

My ...Read more

Irresponsible Boyfriend Earns Nothing But Woman's Anger

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend cheated on me the whole time I was pregnant last year. He lived in Florida, and I lived in Missouri. He didn't make it back for our son's birth like he promised.

Now that he's back, he stays out all night. He won't get a job to help support our family. He lies in bed all day, gets so drunk he can't drive and doesn't help...Read more

Mixed Messages From Mom Have Teen Looking For Clarity

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm 17. My mom and I often disagree on things. Don't get me wrong -- I don't care what she does in her free time, but lately I have learned she's talking to people about bisexuality. I don't know how to handle this or how to talk to her about it.

I feel betrayed. When I told her I was gay, she rejected my sexuality, and now she's ...Read more

Son's Drug Habit Causes Crisis In Mother's Marriage

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married to a loving and supportive man for 15 years. We have been through a lot together and, for the most part, have been OK. My problem is my son, Kyle.

Yes, I know Kyle is a liar who steals anything not nailed down. And yes, he needs help for his drug habit -- but he is still my son.

My husband told me I either ...Read more

Parents Grin And Bear The Bill For Man's Upscale Appetite

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Our son-in-law, Brody, has a very different lifestyle than ours and the one in which we raised our daughter. I pointed it out to her while they were dating, and she was not pleased. I decided to say no more and try to accept him as best as possible, although I admit my husband has been better at it than I have.

One thing that ...Read more

Dad Can't Be Thanked Enough For Helping Daughter Pay Bills

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been married just over a year. It's the second marriage for both of us. Since our wedding, my father-in-law continually reminds us that he helped my wife financially after her divorce. He does it because he wants us to continually acknowledge that fact.

I have offered to write a check and pay him back for all he ...Read more

Wife With Sketchy Memory Depends On Husband For Help

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: When my wife was 17 (she's now 54), she was in a car accident. She and her three friends were high and drunk. She suffered two skull fractures, which have affected her memory. She thinks it's my job to remind her of things and becomes angry to the point of hitting things when I don't do it. I feel her schedule is her responsibility. ...Read more

Mistress Seeking Solace Still Mourns Years After Man's Death

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I don't know what to do. I was having an affair with the most wonderful (married) man. I'm sure that he and I were the only ones who knew. He passed away unexpectedly a few years ago. I still go to the place where we met and hung out together. In my mind, I see him walking in and speaking his last words to me.

How do I mourn for him ...Read more

Man Is Ready To Shop Around For New Source Of 'lattes'

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have been married for 17 years. For the first 16 years, my wife would make me lattes without being asked. Last year, she announced she would no longer make any more lattes for me. When I asked her if she expected me to go the rest of my life without one, she said yes!

Do you think it would be OK if I found another ...Read more

Newlywed's World Caves In When The Truth Comes Out

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I dated the perfect man for two years. When he asked me to marry him, I had to say yes. He was kind, gentle, attentive, easygoing, full of dreams, great sense of humor, an excellent provider and sexually the best.

Three months after our perfect wedding, it all began to unravel. I learned he is bipolar with manic episodes. He has been...Read more

Aunt Seeks The Right Approach To Niece In Need Of Guidance

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am concerned about my niece. She's 18 and a senior in high school. Her father -- my younger brother -- is incarcerated and has been for 13 years.

Our families have been alienated, but I'm trying to reach out to my niece. Although she has been hesitant to get close, we've had a couple of face-to-face visits during the past year. She...Read more

Hard-Working Dad Needs Help Relating To His Young Daughter

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband works full-time, and when he gets home, and also on weekends, he's exhausted and needs to relax. He's in bed by 8 every night, and on the weekends, if we don't have something planned, he lies in bed all day napping and watching TV.

However, when he realizes he has a weekend day free (meaning I'm taking our 6-year-old ...Read more

Mom Wants To Attach Strings To Treasured Hand-Me-Downs

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I come from a large family. We are not wealthy but always loved dressing our children up for holidays. Because the outfits were expensive, as our children outgrew them, we passed them on to my sister-in-law.

When my youngest daughter was born, I asked her about the dresses, and she informed me they were not her style so she had given...Read more

Man Answers Wife's Hurt Feelings With Angry Shouts

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for two years, and my husband has three grown children. He was recently planning a getaway with the youngest and included me in the plans. I didn't want to interfere and suggested that his child might want to spend some one-on-one time with him. I later learned that not only were his other kids going, but their ...Read more

Wedding Date Forces Difficult Decision For Maid Of Honor

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My best friend is getting married next year and I am supposed to be the maid of honor. I am Jewish, and she scheduled her wedding on the first day of Passover. This also means her rehearsal dinner will be during my family's first Seder.

How do I explain to her that for the first time in my life, she has broken my heart? It seems her ...Read more

Girls' Mom Needs Jump Start In Conversation About Puberty

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a mother of three beautiful little girls. I'm nervous about having to talk with my oldest about puberty and sex. She's turning 10, and I know I need to start explaining certain things to her, but I have no idea how. My mother never sat me down and talked to me about anything, really, so my mom would not be of much help. Any advice...Read more

Woman Is Struck Speechless When Told She Talks Too Much

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I went on a trip with his brother and his wife recently. Three days into the trip, while we were having dinner at a restaurant, my sister-in-law yelled at me, Shut up! You talk too much! I was stunned. Then my husband said, I agree with her. Words cannot express how surprised and hurt I felt.

I do sometimes talk a lot ...Read more

Neighbor's Frustrations Spill Over In Driveway Conversation

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I live in a 55-plus community. I am younger than my husband by 10 years, so I was 49 when we moved here. We have lost 49 neighbors during the past five years -- yes, seriously. Others are in nursing homes with no quality of life.

While walking my dog yesterday, a neighbor stopped me. She was standing in her driveway crying and nearly...Read more


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