Life Advice



Getting Curious Instead of Getting Defensive

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Dear Annie: After reading the letter from "Family Friend," who is concerned about the development of the 2-year-old child of a friend, I wanted to share my own experiences. Perhaps this child may not be speaking well because he is not hearing properly.

My daughter-in-law (special ed teacher and school counselor) felt that her eldest child, my...Read more

Recovering From Wife's Infidelity -- 25 Years Later

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Dear Annie: More than 25 years ago, my wife cheated, likely multiple times with multiple men. She wanted to divorce me, but I convinced her to go to couples therapy. I won't go into all the details, except this: The therapist recommended that she not share who the affair partner(s) were. They were a husband-and-wife team of therapists, and I ...Read more

Planning for Post-Passing Peace

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Dear Annie: When the time comes -- hopefully I pass before my loving husband and faithful partner of nearly 25 years, but if not -- I could use a few words of advice as to how to deal with my estranged step-daughter, her bitter mother (both vultures) and her young children who I've never met due to an unresolved falling out many years ago.

I ...Read more

Sisterly Snag: A Party Predicament

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My sister "Emily" and I were planning a joint celebration for our parents' 40th wedding anniversary, but we've hit a snag. Emily wants to host a large party with all of our extended family and friends, but I think that a more intimate gathering would be more special and less stressful for our parents. They are both pretty reserved,...Read more

Bridging Distance in Busy Marriage

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Dear Annie: I've been happily married for over 12 years, but lately, I've noticed a growing distance between my husband "Bryan" and me. He's always been a bit of a workaholic, but it's gotten to the point where even on weekends, he's either at the office or on his phone dealing with work-related issues. We used to enjoy things like hiking and ...Read more

Confronting the Past: Facing Old Wounds at High School Reunion

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have my 20-year high school reunion coming up, and I'm planning to go, as it's a major milestone reunion and we've lost some people over the years. However, I will be running into some issues with it.

The biggest issue is that I am in ongoing therapy for sexual assaults that happened in high school back in the early 2000s, and ...Read more

Setting Boundaries and Seeking Balance

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Dear Annie: I have a younger co-worker who I met at a work social event, and we started talking a bit about novels we are writing as a hobby. A few weeks later, he came by my cubicle to ask me more about writing, so I gave him a few resources to a local writers group. Ever since then, he keeps stopping by, often interrupting my lunchtime.

It'...Read more

Wedding Snubs and Dishwasher Dilemmas

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been together for 15 years. He has three children from a previous marriage. In the early days of our relationship, my nieces would often come and visit during the summers, and all the kids would play together. As everyone grew older, the visits lessened to just holidays.

Fast forward to now, when one of my ...Read more

Celebrating Mothers and Their Enduring Love

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Readers: Wishing you all a Happy Mother's Day. Below are some beautiful quotes to enjoy on Mother's Day.

"We are born of love; love is our mother." -- Rumi

"To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow." -- Maya Angelou

"I am sure that if the mothers of ...Read more

Deciding Mom's Final Resting Place

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My mom passed away six months ago. I am in possession of her cremated remains. Shortly before her death, I moved to the other side of the country, to a place she'd never been.

She mentioned many years ago she would want her ashes to be scattered in the state of Maine, where she resided for about 15 years in the 1990s. When she ...Read more

Brother's New Girlfriend Gets off on the Wrong Foot

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Dear Annie: My recently divorced brother has a new girlfriend. He has been divorced for three months. She has introduced him to all of her friends and family. She was married 20 years and went through a bitter divorce and had several bad dating experiences from dating sites. She seems to be elated to find a nice guy like my brother. She seems ...Read more

Is It Depression or Something Else?

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am a 48-year-old male living at home with my folks and older sister. We are a close-knit family and do things together often. I couldn't be happier to have them in my life.

Lately, I've been feeling a little bit down and stuck in the mud if you can call it that. I have no reason to feel like that. I am my oldest nephew's home ...Read more

Loss, Recovery and Tough Family Choices

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am also a parent of a child who lost his battle with addiction in 2022. There are so many of us with difficult stories to share.

My son found alcohol and drugs at 15 and battled those demons until his death at the age of 30. I have come to know that there are some types of brains that truly do not know how to turn off that ...Read more

The Impact of Good-Mannered Children

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Dear Annie: You recently said you rarely get letters praising mothers-in-law. Well, here is one!

I grew up in an abusive family with a mother who has severe borderline personality disorder and refuses to get medication or therapy. When I met my mother-in-law, I was naturally very distrustful of her. Mothers were not safe to me, and mothers-in...Read more

Grandparent Problems and Communication Challenges

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I've been reading more and more of your stories and enjoying them. But the one that really caught my eye is from "Heartbroken Nana," the woman who wants to have a better relationship with her grandchildren.

I am a grandmother of soon-to-be 15 grandchildren, and I am in daily contact with four of them. I take them to school and ...Read more

Caught in a Complex Connection

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Dear Annie: I'm sad to say that my mother has been lonely for far too long. Her relationship with my father was unsatisfying, and they separated years before his untimely death 18 years ago. Since then, she has neither dated nor maintained any close friendships. My brother lives nearby and sees her a few times a month with his toddler son.

I ...Read more

Pet Disparity Puts Strain on Marriage

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I grew up never allowed to have pets. I've been married almost 30 years to a man who allowed me to have a small inside dog, and he doesn't mind her so much but hates the two we have outside. Both are rescues, one from his oldest son that had him tied to a tree, the other from a rescue group. Both weigh under 7 pounds. He hates them...Read more

Daughter Seeks Support, Not Judgment, from Mother

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My mother, who is now 62, has always been a dominant personality, keen on having things go her way. I'm 34, an independent graphic designer, and I pride myself on being self-sufficient and creative. But every time I share aspects of my life with her -- be it career choices, romantic partners or even smaller decisions like adopting ...Read more

Promotion Shifts Dynamics of Longtime Friendship

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My friend "Emily" and I go way back to our college days, when we used to share absolutely everything with each other -- the good, the bad and the ugly. She recently got a promotion at work (she works for a well-known accounting firm), something I know she's been dreaming of for a while. Of course, I'm super happy for her, but ...Read more

Navigating Wedding Etiquette

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I have a question I hear many people ask about wedding gifting.

The old rule of thumb was the gift should cover the plate. Others say it's a gift and you're not responsible for paying for the couple's wedding.

Recently, my husband and I attended a family member's wedding; we put $200 in an envelope and gave them a lovely wedding ...Read more



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