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No Consequences for Bad Behavior

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I am inclined to ask for an outside opinion after spending time with my grandkids at their home last night and witnessing a lot of violent behavior with which they got away. It was an emotional roller coaster. I saw the eldest sibling behaving roughly with his younger siblings. The parents threatened to take away a favorite toy as ...Read more

Husband wants wife to shed some weight

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My wife has put on a few pounds, to the extent that it is probably not good for her long-term health.

My wife is attractive, takes good care of herself, and has no current health problems, but I am concerned that she's putting herself at risk for future health problems if she does not take measures now.

After a weight loss program to...Read more

Husband wants wife to shed some weight

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: My wife has put on a few pounds, to the extent that it is probably not good for her long-term health.

My wife is attractive, takes good care of herself, and has no current health problems, but I am concerned that she's putting herself at risk for future health problems if she does not take measures now.

After a weight loss program to...Read more

Man Who Hates His Job Drags Girlfriend Down With Griping

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been dating my boyfriend for three years. We have lived together for the last two. We have a great life together, but there is a problem I don't know how to solve. Jeremy hates his job.

We met in the education department of our college, and after graduation, we both took jobs in the public school system. I enjoy my career, but...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/16/2017

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 16 years. We have two children, one with Asperger syndrome.

Over the years, my sex drive has waned because of stress, age, work, children, etc. I try to make an effort to be intimate every week. I've seen a doctor to check my hormone levels, and we are already in family counseling because of ...Read more

Should a 17-year-old be buying lingerie for his girlfriend?

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My 17-year-old grandson bought his 17-year-old girlfriend of barely two months lingerie from Victoria's Secret. I think this is very inappropriate. He thinks I'm a dinosaur. Guidance, please?

-- Dinosaur

I think if you were his parent, then this would be a great "last call" bell, ...Read more

Person to Person: Why security cameras protect neighborhood relationships

Life Advice / Helping Yourself /

Have you ever quarreled with someone on your street? Maybe a neighbor's dog aggravated you or someone down the block side-swiped your new car.

Let's say, for the sake of argument, that you can't prove your case. No one believes your dog story and no one else saw your car get slammed. Preserving your sanity and some of your relationships might ...Read more

Adventures With Social Media

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: In this day and age, it is very hard to ignore what people are doing in their private lives when it's plastered all over Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Specifically, I am referring to photos of social gatherings that have me feeling left out.

I have a grown child who is married. Recently, the married couple moved. When they ...Read more

Sister wrestles with addiction and homelessness

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I allowed my sister, her dog and her friend to stay at my house instead of being homeless and sleeping on the street. The problem is, they are both alcoholics and will not try to get help or try to get a job to pay some kind of rent.

I asked them both to make other living arrangements. They decided to sleep outside my house on the ...Read more

Sister wrestles with addiction and homelessness

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I allowed my sister, her dog and her friend to stay at my house instead of being homeless and sleeping on the street. The problem is, they are both alcoholics and will not try to get help or try to get a job to pay some kind of rent.

I asked them both to make other living arrangements. They decided to sleep outside my house on the ...Read more

Well-Written Thank-Yous Don't Have To Be Long Compositions

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: You have mentioned in the past that you have a booklet on writing letters, including thank-you notes. Where do I send for it? I'll need four because my grandkids are lacking in that area.

It's truly a shame that younger generations haven't been taught about the importance of such notes. A simple thank you can not only open doors of ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/15/2017

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: Last May, my children's father committed suicide. He and I had split up two years before because of his violent ways. Despite my marrying another man, I still cared for my ex and worried about his welfare. I would even sneak him food and pay his electric bill behind my husband's back. My husband occasionally would forbid my kids ...Read more

Sister won't make the jump into adulthood

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Hi, Carolyn:

My sister, "Sarah," is turning 30 soon. Except during college, she has lived with my parents rent-free her entire life. I have always taken the stance of, "It's my parents' and sister's business what they do," and never brought it up.

Sarah is a kind, warm and loving person, but either due to circumstances, anxiety or lack of ...Read more

Ostracized Because of Parentage

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: I need your advice. In my social life and at my places of employment, I used to tell people that the man who raised me with my mom was not my biological father. At work, customers and co-workers would say unkind things to me about that. Then, a few weeks later, I would get let go for no logical reason, or it would turn into a ...Read more

Upcoming holidays create in-law drama

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I am having in-law troubles.

About five years ago I asked my sisters-in-law if we could move the annual Christmas family gathering from a Sunday to a Saturday so that one of my kids could attend. He lives quite a distance away and would have to miss work on the Monday after if he attended the party. None of the others would miss a day...Read more

Discovery Of Pregnancy Tests Surprises Live-In Girlfriend

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a lesbian. My girlfriend and I have been dating for six months. We have an awesome relationship and are very happy and open with each other.

I know she has dated guys in the past -- so have I -- so I'm not worried about that nonsense at all. But I recently found something of hers that surprised me. It was a container of ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 11/14/2017

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: Recently, my husband mentioned that he wanted to get together with some friends for a project. I encouraged him to invite the guys to our home to work on it. I thought it would be a few hours, but it ended up taking well over 12. They arrived early in the morning and stayed until late that night, taking over our living room.

I ...Read more

Talking to tweens about body image

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

Do you have any advice for approaching or responding to the topics of body image, healthy eating and exercising with my tween daughter? Her body's changing, and once in a while she laments the changes -- nothing I'm concerned about, normal stuff. I also see these (relatively infrequent)...Read more

Making Eyes With Men

Life Advice / Dear Annie /

Dear Annie: My husband of 45 years and I are at our wits' end. We have seen counselors and even tried hypnosis, to no avail. I have a very unusual problem: I am not able to stop looking at men sexually.

I have had this problem all my life. A lot of the times, I don't remember even looking; my husband points it out to me. I wink and look at ...Read more

Family loan turns relative into scofflaw

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

Dear Amy: I lent some money to a young relative to buy a used truck. His mother thought that because he didn't have any credit record yet, he would learn to make payments on a regular basis by paying me, in addition to having a vehicle he needed for his job. We signed an agreement, which specified how much he would pay (both principal and a low ...Read more

 

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