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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

Sisters' Lifelong Rivalry Escalates Into Silence

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Our daughters aren't speaking. One says she really doesn't like the other. These are mature women who have had their differences throughout their lives. But they have tolerated each other, one more than the other.

The older one claims her sister posted not-so-nice things about her. The younger one threatens not to attend any ...Read more

Twins Disagree Over Plan To Go Their Separate Ways

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My twin sister and I are juniors in high school and starting to plan to apply to colleges. It has always been assumed that we would go to the same college and be roommates. My sister still wants it this way. I, however, think it's finally time for some separation. We've been roommates our whole lives and shared a bed until we were 14,...Read more

Bluesman's Wife Feels No Love After Festival Incident

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband, Ray, and I have been together for 10 years and, like most couples, we have had our ups and downs. Ray is a professional musician, so a lot of my time is spent supporting this, either by promoting his endeavors or accepting the fact that I will always come second to his first love -- the blues.

A couple of gigs ago, Ray ...Read more

Man Faces Choosing Between Job And His Dream Lifestyle

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 47-year-old man. I live alone in a small city in New York. I have a good job. I have been with the company for years and my bosses take good care of me. However, I want to live a semi-homesteading-type life on my own property, providing myself with my basic needs. I cannot do this in the area where I live because of strict ...Read more

Widow Reconsiders Romantic Overture From An Old Friend

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: This is something I can't talk about in my grief support group. I'm a 70-year-old widow. I lost my dear husband of 35 years 17 months ago. I always was more sexual than he was. Since the funeral, I have had a one-night stand with a nice younger man, but it was a failure for me physically. Since then, I am leery.

Last night, a dear ...Read more

Family Cycle Of Abuse Is Legacy Of Sexual Predator

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I recently moved to Texas and met my teenage niece for the first time. After I got there I learned she had been molested by her mother's father at the age of 3. He had also molested her mother when she was a child. Grandpa is currently serving a life sentence in prison.

Abby, my niece has some issues. Her parents caught her sexting ...Read more

There's No Room For Both Mom And Boyfriend In Woman's Life

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I was in a relationship for 12 years. Jenny was my best friend. I had to end our relationship because she had allowed her mother to destroy it.

Jenny is 35 and her mother cooks, cleans, does her laundry and makes her bed for her. I would return from work and find her mother sleeping next to her in bed every day. It seemed to me to be...Read more

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