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Wife anxious over husband's online friendships

DEAR ABBY - My husband has an extensive sexual history. He's had sex with more than 80 partners. All the encounters were when he was in high school and in his early 20s. Most were one-night stands with female friends. When we met, he was honest, … more

Wife resists giving support to man's new career plan

DEAR ABBY — I am an older IT professional (58) who had a very successful career until a year ago. I was part of a major layoff at the company I worked at for many years. I have not been … more

Friendship between moms ends over race for charity

DEAR ABBY - The 14-year-old son of a friend of mine is having self-esteem issues and apparently is going through a very rough patch. Our family likes to participate in charity races. My boy, 13, is a talented athlete who, according to my friend, is … more

Accident ends couple's plan to have kids together

DEAR ABBY - I am 15 years older than my boyfriend, "Spencer," and have two kids from a previous marriage. Spencer and I have been living together for the past 10 years. I planned to have his child, but was involved in an accident and now can no … more

Time, distance cause fast friends to begin drifting apart

DEAR ABBY — I'm a 15-year-old girl and a sophomore in high school. Last year I went to school across the country. While I was there, I became best friends with this girl, "Amelia." We did … more

New employee strives to keep gastric surgery under wraps

DEAR ABBY — I had bariatric surgery (gastric sleeve) five months ago. I left my previous job because the way I was treated by my employer and co-workers changed drastically after my … more

Mom's death leads to sibling war over her house

DEAR ABBY - My mom recently passed away at 91. She had a great life and went peacefully at home in bed during the night. I took charge of her medical care and finances after Dad died 10 years ago. After Mom's funeral, my brother insisted he would … more

Slipping grades make teen question planned career path

DEAR ABBY — I'm 17 and don't know what I want to do with my life. When I was younger, I was sure I wanted to go into the field of law. It was something my parents also wanted me to do. I … more

Adult children fail to warm to stepdad of 8 years

DEAR ABBY - I was married for 19 years and have three adult daughters from that marriage. I remarried eight years ago to a woman who has two adult children. My relationship with them is not good, in spite of my efforts to engage them in basic … more

Mom insists on keeping tabs on married son via app

DEAR ABBY - I have been married to my husband for five years. We live in the same town as my in-laws, and for the most part, we get along great. However, my mother-in-law does something that makes me uneasy. She uses an app to track my husband. She … more

Single mom's frustrations, pain boil to the surface

DEAR ABBY — About 20 months ago, after I found out I was pregnant, I was abandoned by the father of my child. My mother had passed away a month before. So I was grieving, shocked to … more

Wife is blindsided by news of husband's past romance

DEAR ABBY — My husband, "Bill," and I have been happily married for 22 years and have two very active, beautiful children. Our oldest daughter has been playing on a traveling soccer team … more

Parents cancel holiday dinners when kids won't bury hatchet

DEAR ABBY — The holiday season is here, with the traditional family dinner get-togethers. Our problem is, our two children (ages 27 and 29) don't like each other and rarely have contact … more

Wife on verge of divorce calls for a 1-year reprieve

DEAR ABBY - My husband has less and less interest in me. It started with the last presidential election. Since then, I have cut way back on politics because he doesn't want to hear any of it. Being an activist on several fronts, including politics … more

'Perfect' man vanishes when alcohol loosens his lips

DEAR ABBY - I have been dating the most amazing man for the past 11 months. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the day we met, this "perfect" man is showing some not-so-perfect traits. I was unlucky in love for many years until he swept me … more

Mom concerned for son in stressful new marriage

DEAR ABBY - Our youngest son recently married a woman who has an 18-year-old disabled daughter, "Lauren." The girl's mental level is between that of a 2- and 4-year-old. There have been physical confrontations between my new daughter-in-law and her … more

Man believes wife's close friend is in love with her

DEAR ABBY - My wife, "Grace," and I have been happily married for 48 years. We're retired and enjoy an active sex life. Grace has a female friend, "Ricky," we have known more than 45 years. She's a close friend, and they often get together for … more

School's homecoming rules put teen in awkward position

DEAR ABBY — Homecoming is next month, and we are not allowed to take outside dates. My girlfriend goes to a different school and doesn't want me taking anyone else. My school is very small … more

Man afraid to be alone starts affairs with married women

DEAR ABBY — My son has taken it upon himself to get romantically involved with two different married women. He's newly divorced after a long marriage and hates the idea of being alone. He … more

Men's group chat blasted for sharing explicit photos

DEAR ABBY - I must take issue with your response to "Tired of Behinds," who was upset that her fiance is part of a men's group chat that includes sending and receiving of pornographic female images. While "boys will be boys" has been the reigning … more
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