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Teen caught in violent gang seeks way to straighten out

DEAR ABBY — I am 19, and I have been smoking and drinking — a lot — ever since I was 14. I also sneak out and go to parties and hang out with a gang I'm in. We get … more

Man can't get beyond his feelings for former wife

DEAR ABBY - I was divorced seven years ago. My ex-wife, "Annie," and I were married almost seven years and had what I thought was a great relationship. Then we bit off more than we could chew financially. I began working long hours to get us out of … more

Daughter sees stressful future with toxic mom

DEAR ABBY - My mother is a narcissist and a user. She has never held down a job and blames everyone else. We rarely get along for more than 15 minutes at a time. I used to blame myself, but have realized over the years that I'm not alone in how I … more

Daughter living at home disrupts mom's private life

DEAR ABBY - I'm 54. My 28-year-old daughter, Sarah, lives with me. Our issue is MY sex life. I have a long-term live-in boyfriend, and we enjoy each other in many ways. We try to be quiet while we're enjoying each other physically, but evidently … more

Man devoted to wife with Parkinson's fulfills his vows

DEAR ABBY - I'm writing in response to "Requires Companionship", whose husband has Parkinson's and she's considering dating. My wife was diagnosed nine years ago, and she, too, can no longer walk, write or speak. We have, however, found ways to … more

Hard work in gym pays off with arm-wrestling triumph

DEAR ABBY — I'm average, fitness-wise, and work in an office. My girlfriend, who is naturally athletic, has belonged to a gym for a year. Our two fitness paths collided when I was enjoying … more

Woman with anxiety disability is target of public skepticism

DEAR ABBY — I can't drive. It's not because I don't want to, but whenever I sit behind the wheel, I have panic attacks. I'm currently attending therapy for it, and progress is being made, … more

Trampoline poses possible risk for tanning neighbor

DEAR ABBY - I have really nice neighbors, and we're always pleasant to each other. We put up a large above-ground pool in our backyard, and they put up a trampoline. I would like to enjoy our pool (how to put this delicately?) without tan lines. … more

Exhausted mom feels like she gets no help from dad

DEAR ABBY - I am a working mother of three who may be battling postpartum depression. I feel like I am parenting alone. I get the kids out of the house by myself in the morning before my husband even drags himself out of bed. I drop the kids off. I … more

Search begins for recipes to replace lost heirlooms

DEAR ABBY - Due to some unfortunate family circumstances, I was devastated to discover that nearly all of my boxes of cherished recipes had been destroyed. I'm now starting over from scratch to collect special recipes I can pass down to my … more

Mom is desperate to stop teen's violent outbursts

DEAR ABBY - I'm a mother of two boys, 13 and 12. My oldest son has become very abusive, both physically and emotionally. He has been arrested for hitting me and hitting his little brother. He was recently kicked off the bus for hitting another … more

Teen with older boyfriend keeps dangerously late hours

DEAR ABBY — My daughter is 19 and lives with me. She is seeing a 26-year-old man who has a child with another woman he didn't marry. When my daughter goes out with him, he keeps her out … more

Girl feels like Cinderella in 'boys club' household

DEAR ABBY — I live with my dad and my brother. My mother passed away when I was very young, and I was pretty much raised by my dad (with the help of family, of course). Dad always took … more

In-laws' constant insults damage man's confidence

DEAR ABBY - I have a great marriage to an amazing woman. We have beautiful kids and are happy together. The issue, however, is my in-laws. We're complete opposites in personality and certain views. I know everyone has different opinions and I … more

Preschooler being breastfed is a concern for her dad

DEAR ABBY - Our daughter turns 5 soon, and my wife still breastfeeds her to bed every night and wakes her a few times a night for more breastfeeding. This has had negative consequences on our marriage. All my daughter's peers have been weaned and … more

Mom shocked, angered to learn daughter is gay

DEAR ABBY - My daughter recently informed me that she's met someone and the someone happens to be a woman. My reaction was, of course, shock and anger, although I have kind of suspected over the years that she is a lesbian. She is 43 and was … more

Couple disagrees on selection of bathroom art

DEAR ABBY - I'm a married woman in my 30s. My husband and I own a home, which I have decorated to our taste with the exception of "my" bathroom. My husband and I use separate bathrooms. Mine is the … more

Best friend's invitation loses appeal as details are revealed

DEAR ABBY — My boyfriend's best friend asked if we could drive an hour to visit them and their children on Saturday. I've met her twice, and we have chatted a bit online. I have met her … more

Community's sunny surface hides neighborhood grudges

DEAR ABBY — My wife and I live in a small town in the Northwest. After many years here, feeling that a warmer climate may be better for us, we decided to retire and move to a 55-plus … more

Retired husband's wardrobe is too casual for wife

DEAR ABBY - When I met my husband, he dressed impeccably - suits, sharp sport coats, monogrammed shirts, freshly pressed dress slacks, top-of-the-line leather shoes. Even when we went out with friends for a casual night or a movie, he still dressed … more
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