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Single mom should find friends Kindergarten-style

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My husband left me five years ago. I am now a divorced single mom with two beautiful children, ages 10 and 8.

I am also an only child and am fairly introverted, which makes it difficult for me to make new friends.

I find it so hard when I see other happy families together, I want nothing more than to have someone (the right someone) ...Read more

Man Becomes More Distant After Moving In With Girlfriend

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: After being together for a year, my boyfriend and I recently moved in together. Since then he hasn't been home much. We don't spend time together the way we used to when we first started dating. He has changed a lot.

I have kids from a previous relationship. My boyfriend recently told me he always wanted to be the first guy to give a...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 7/20/2019

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 30 years. We have four wonderful children, all college graduates with great jobs in their chosen careers. They are also involved in long-term relationships with people we like and respect.

So what's the problem? One of my daughters is at least 40 pounds overweight and doesn't seem to be doing ...Read more

My spouse and our 6-year-old child do not get along

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi Carolyn:

My spouse and our 6-year-old do not get along at all. Much of their time together turns into the 6-year-old screaming and spouse withdrawing because they can't stand being yelled at. I feel stuck in the middle. Is there a way I can help?

-- In the Middle

Yes, by getting ...Read more

Today's Column Brought to You by the Letter P

Pears and pregnancy tests -- you wouldn't think they had much in common, other than the letter P. But in today's column, they both mean "See ya, bye!"

GREG: I knew it was over when we exchanged Christmas gifts. We'd only been dating for less than two months. She was a doctor, and I was a teacher.

We both loved Music of the Baroque, and I'd ...Read more

No Longer Accepting Negative Talk

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am writing because I'm seeking your help about my relationship with my 30-year-old granddaughter, "Nadia." Our relationship is more of a mother-daughter type relationship, because my husband and I were involved in raising her. Our son had custody of his children because the mother had emotional problems and was not stable.

My ...Read more

Mother-in-law's friendship with ex is disruptive

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My husband and I have been married for three years. He has three teen children (ages 17, 18, and 19) from a previous marriage. My husband's first wife filed for divorce, and they do not have a good relationship.

My mother-in-law has a great relationship with my husband's first wife. They are so tight, that my MIL consistently invites ...Read more

Sisters Planning Europe Trip Plot To Leave Husband Behind

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My son just got a job in Europe and has invited me to visit when he and his family are settled. I have never traveled out of the country, and I'm excited to go. I suggested staying at least a month, and he and his wife agreed.

When I told my sister, she excitedly told me she'd like to come along. We would be very happy to have this ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 7/19/2019

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: "A Graduate's Mom" should lighten up about decorum at graduation ceremonies. I am a professor at a large university, and I participate in graduation every year. The faculty and administrators provide the necessary pomp and circumstance. But these young people have worked hard for four years and deserve to celebrate.

I am proud of ...Read more

Needing a New Relationship Foundation

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My husband constantly lies by omission of details of what he has done.

He has had two affairs with other women -- that I know of. He thinks if he tells part of the truth, it is OK. That is how his mind works, and he doesn't care what I think.

What is wrong with him? His mother was the same way. -- Questioning in PA

Dear ...Read more

Toxic gram strains family by asking for money

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My 90-year-old grandmother is a truly awful human being. She has alienated her entire family, including her five kids and multiple grandchildren. She's lost countless friends and ruined relationships with those around her.

My mother refers to her as a sociopath, and my uncles and aunts say they cannot wait for the day that she ...Read more

Revelation At Bachelor Party Throws Wedding Into Question

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My sister-in-law June is being married soon. I will be the matron of honor. My husband, Jake, June's brother, will be a groomsman for her fiance, Jimmy. Not only is Jake going to be a groomsman, but he's also supposed to officiate.

Jake went to the bachelor party a couple weeks ago and Jimmy showed all the guys -- including my ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 7/18/2019

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I am a nonsmoker who has asthma and early heart disease. When I am at family events and outdoor concerts or entering stores and public places, I often find myself exposed to secondhand smoke from cigarettes and cigars. Even though I make every attempt to avoid this smoke, it is sometimes impossible. This results in my having burning ...Read more

My firstborn child was born in vitro. Do I have to reveal this?

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

Time and time again, I read in advice columns that adoptive/egg donor/in vitro children should be made aware early of their origins. We had trouble conceiving our first and utilized medical assistance to conceive. The pregnancy evidently fixed the underlying issue, as all others ...Read more

The Wise 30s

Life Advice / Single File /

Dear Susan: I used to only date men who were taller than me. But now I'm engaged to someone almost 3 inches shorter than I am, and honestly, he's such a great person I couldn't care less. (From the internet)

Dear Blogger: At last, good sense makes a comeback! (I don't know your age, but I'll bet my shiny new printer you're upwards of 30. That ...Read more

Jumping From Job to Job

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I'm freshly moved out of my parents' house. It's a really exciting time for me! I'm gaining so much long-awaited independence. I'm thrilled to have this opportunity for self-growth and exploration. I live with a few friends, too, which is an awesome bonus. But what I'm struggling with is managing bills.

While I'm experienced at ...Read more

Parents want passive son-in-law to step up

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My daughter married her boyfriend right out of high school at a courthouse wedding, without our consent or knowledge.

She and her husband now have a great 11-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son.

We have been very supportive over the years, giving them the down payment for a house, and assisting in purchasing four cars (he doesn't ...Read more

Parents Unsure How To Begin Having 'the Talk' With Son

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have a young, preteen grandson who is asking his parents facts of life questions. They are bewildered about how to give him the information. I'd be grateful if you could share details of the publication you have for this purpose and how to get it. -- GRANDMOM IN CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MICH.

DEAR GRANDMOM: Many parents find the subject ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 7/17/2019

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My beloved mother-in-law passed away two years ago. We had a church funeral and a celebration of her life.

My father-in-law had the body cremated. He intends to have the ashes buried in the family plot in New York, 1,200 miles away, although he hasn't done so yet. On more than one occasion, he has informed my husband that he wants ...Read more

I'm not comfortable with my mom wanting me to lie to my grandfather

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Dear Carolyn:

My grandfather is in his 90s. He's in great health overall, is mentally very sharp, and lives very close to family. My mother has taken to lying to him when she has something planned that my grandfather will not be participating in -- a family portrait, for example, or a vacation, at least up until the point that we leave -- ...Read more


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