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Newly out teenager seeks dismissive mom's support

DEAR ABBY — I'm a 17-year-old girl and recently came out to my parents, who are stuck in the "it's just a phase" mindset. I used to be able to talk with my mom about everything, but now … more

Marriage is in big trouble over husband's little lies

DEAR ABBY — I have been married to my husband for 22 years. We've been together for 26. We've had our ups and downs, and separated for three months back in 2008, but we went to marriage … more

Cancer diagnosis prompts search for life's lost love

DEAR ABBY - This is the 37th anniversary of when I met and fell in love with a beautiful young woman in Iowa. We were together less than a year before she decided to pursue her dreams in California. When she left, it broke my heart for years. To … more

Teenage mom still bears brunt of her father's anger

DEAR ABBY — I'm 18 years old and I have a son who's 3. I'm still in school and live with my parents. My parents treat me like I'm a nobody and always bring up how I got pregnant. They … more

Boyfriend's secretive behavior raises questions of sexuality

DEAR ABBY — I am 19 and love my boyfriend a lot. He is very sweet and would do anything for me. However, I am beginning to think there may be someone else. The someone else is male. My … more

Work leaves single mom with little time for son

DEAR ABBY — I'm 29. I had a son six years ago and left my ex because he didn't want to be a father. He chose to party instead. I had to file a name change for my son, and custody was hard … more

Playful poem reminds visitors to use guest towels

DEAR ABBY - I'm frustrated that guests in my home almost never use the guest towels I've put out for them in the bathroom. Why do they do this? I remember a little poem in your column that addresses this. I'd like to clip it and put it in there … more

Foot-dragging boyfriend puts proposal on hold

DEAR ABBY - I'm 28 and have been dating my boyfriend, "Spencer," for 2 1/2 years. We've talked a lot about getting married. We know where we want it to be, who will be in our wedding party and what the theme will be. A year ago we discussed … more

Single mom sees a future with two different men

DEAR ABBY - I am a 37-year-old divorced mom of two. I have recently gotten into relationships with two completely different men. One of them, "Steve," has the life I have always wanted, and he says he loves me more than life itself. The other, … more

Former Plain Jane becomes obsessed with her looks

DEAR ABBY — When I was in my teens, and even into my 20s and 30s, I was a Plain Jane. I had little self-confidence. But strangely, I'm one of those people who has gotten better looking as … more

Strings attached to gift have mom tied up in knots

DEAR ABBY - My son bought me a car in 2012. I had no idea he was doing it. He traded my car in for this newer car. During the last five years this "gift" has been nothing but a sore spot. If I get a ding from a parking lot, it's my fault. If I … more

Online guide helps parents identify child depression

DEAR ABBY - Seeing a child you love struggle with depression is a helpless feeling. Parents wonder how to talk to them as they withdraw from people and activities that used to bring them joy. You just want them to feel better again. Many times, … more

Resentment over brief affair has divided family for years

DEAR ABBY — Seventeen years ago, I had a (minor) tryst with my wife's sister. Months later, it came to light during an unfortunate phone conversation. Since then, my wife and I have gone … more

Wife's desire to be a mom grows stronger over time

DEAR ABBY - My husband and I are 15 years apart in age. We have been together for six years, married a year and a half. He is my entire world, my best friend and soul mate. When we first met, he told me he didn't think he wanted another child (he … more

Man lost out on learning how to date in high school

DEAR ABBY - At what point does a man finally give up hope of finding a mate and accept that he may end up alone? I'm 29. I never had a chance to date in high school. My family farms, and when I was 14, my grandfather could no longer help my dad. … more

Teen without true friends puts blame on her parents

DEAR ABBY — I'm a 16-year-old girl, and I'm pretty sure I'm the most insecure thing on the planet. I always feel self-conscious. Although I guess it's normal for kids my age to feel like … more

Man's choice of wedding day steals spotlight from stepmom

DEAR ABBY — I'm struggling because my stepson has chosen to get married on my birthday. I have been his stepmom for 18 years. It feels like a punch in the chest. My in-law family members … more

Daughter searches for ways to share Christmas with mom

DEAR ABBY — My parents have been divorced for 15 years. Dad is remarried; my mother lives alone. My brother and I alternate holidays every year, and this year he was supposed to host our … more

Neighbor wants to reach out after death of young mother

DEAR ABBY — I have just learned that a neighbor lost his wife. She died during childbirth. As a wife and mother, all I can think about is that newborn baby boy and his two beautiful … more

Message left on voicemail upsets bulimia patient

DEAR ABBY - My psychi-atrist's office left a very sensitive voicemail about my bulimia on a message machine shared with other individuals. Our voicemails are sent transcribed to everyone's email accounts. Since my complaint (which was an argument … more
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