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Daughter's birth reawakens memories of abuse in dad

DEAR ABBY — My husband and I are proud parents of our first child, a girl. Despite his excitement and pride, her arrival has caused his childhood sexual abuse by his stepfather to … more

Woman's old sweetheart can't win dad's approval

DEAR ABBY - I'm dating my grammar school and high school sweetheart, "Gary." We've known each other since I was 6. (I'm 33 now.) In high school, we dated for nine months and were in love, but he told lies to my dad, so Dad ordered him to stay away. … more

Loss of job puts end to man's affair with co-worker

DEAR ABBY - Back in 2013, a co-worker, "Jamie," and I fell in love. Both of us were married to other people, but everything felt perfect. It was a feeling I never had for anyone in my life before. Three years later, I lost my job. The day I was … more

Man unconvinced that girlfriend has no sex drive

DEAR ABBY - I'm 22, and my boyfriend wants sex, but I absolutely do not. I don't feel sexual desire - not at all. I'm asexual, but he refuses to believe me and insists my "past relations have scarred me" and that I "need to get over it." When I … more

Man jealous of boyfriend's friendship with woman

DEAR ABBY - I'm a 35-year-old gay man who's been in a serious relationship for five years. During the last year, my significant other, "Grady," has grown close with a female co-worker of mine he met at my office party. (I'll call her Tina.) They … more

Girlfriend questions texting from boyfriend's worried mom

DEAR ABBY — I have been dating "James" for almost a year. Things have been rough for him recently. His depression has led to school attendance issues, but we got through it. The problem is … more

Friend lends her wedding dress but isn't invited to wedding

DEAR ABBY — My co-worker and supposed friend asked if she could borrow my wedding dress because she thought it was so beautiful. I was thrilled to lend it to her and paid for the … more

One-way friendship ends, but feelings of guilt remain

DEAR ABBY - My "friend" from childhood, "Camille," has never had my back. I have done the heavy lifting in our friendship our whole lives. While I was on vacation two years ago, she was diagnosed with cancer. I came home immediately and drove to … more

Mom charges daughter-in-law rent after wedding

DEAR ABBY - My mother-in-law owns the building my husband and I live in. I moved in with him about a year ago, before we were married. Because she owns the building, she doesn't charge her son rent to live there but asks that he help manage the … more

Baby in the buff causes grandma some concern

DEAR ABBY - My daughter "Scarlet" has a precious 18-month-old baby girl I'll call Sierra. Scarlet, her husband and the baby spend a lot of time at their beach house, where they have several full-time employees, including a nanny, housekeeper, cook … more

Wife's attraction to woman throws life into confusion

DEAR ABBY - I am a 50-year-old woman. I have been married to my husband for 28 years and never cheated. We have a good life together, and our sex life has always been great, but I have recently fallen in love with another woman. I haven't told … more

Loyal worker is out of a job following knee replacements

DEAR ABBY — After 16 years of loyal and dedicated service to my employer, I find myself out of work. Months ago, I needed double knee replacements. I gave him three months' notice about my … more

Hormones may be to blame for unexpected mood swings

DEAR ABBY — This is in response to "Crying Myself to Sleep" (June 2), who is having drastic mood swings, including crying, depression and anger. I experienced these, and it was not only … more

Mom worries nonstop as daughter leaves for school

DEAR ABBY - I'm the proud mom of a wonderful 21-year-old daughter whom I find myself worrying about more and more lately. She just graduated from our local college and is heading to medical school in another state six hours away. Rationally, I … more

Policeman upset by mom using him to scare child

DEAR ABBY - The media give us stories of racial conflict and the shooting of police officers almost daily, and every reporter and news anchor proposes solutions. As a Hispanic police officer in a small city, I have an observation. I was having … more

Family is divided by predator in their midst

DEAR ABBY - A number of years ago, it came out that my brother-in-law had raped and molested his two daughters and two granddaughters. It tore our family apart. Although my sister said she intended to divorce him, she never did. She also didn't … more

Baby in day care plays favorites among the staff

DEAR ABBY - I am a child care provider working with infants. Two of us work in the nursery and share responsibilities. One baby has become extremely attached to me, to the point that I can't take a break or go to lunch without him screaming until … more

Man's devotion to his mom spoils wife's travel plans

DEAR ABBY — I have been married to my husband for 38 years. We both had long professional careers and saved diligently for our retirement. Our children are on their own and doing well with … more

Teen's tenuous relationship with dad gets uncomfortable

DEAR ABBY — My dad has never really been in the picture. He just pops back in and out whenever he wishes and leaves when things get too hard. He has never had a job or a home since he … more

Friends add to woman's grief by not checking on her

DEAR ABBY - I'm a retired woman living in a condo complex that houses mostly seniors. During the eight years I have lived here, I've always participated in several monthly social events, and have … more
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