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Mom wants to shield kids from relative's new lifestyle

DEAR ABBY - A close relative has started working in the adult industry. She now dresses provocatively, showing lots of skin. She has also covered much of her body with tattoos and adopted the lifestyle of someone in that field. Our family assumes … 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

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

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

Grandparent feels family has been drifting apart

DEAR ABBY - Two years ago, my son and his family moved a couple of hours away. He's my only child. I know he's busy with his wife, two children and his job, but I would like to hear from him more than every two weeks - or longer - just to know what … more

Mom's rude behavior has eroded daughter's trust

DEAR ABBY - My mother did something very disrespectful. She picked up my former boyfriend and took him to her house, saying she needed help with her curtains or something. He said when she came back in the room, she just had on a slip, like she was … more

Man's social insecurities prolong his loneliness

DEAR ABBY - When I was a teenager, there were many times when I made things awkward. It continues today. I try to have normal conversations with people, but when I do, I have nothing to say. My mind goes blank, so I keep quiet and walk away. I feel … more

Jealousy, misunderstanding destroying relationship

DEAR ABBY - My boyfriend and I love each other very much. But we're both so jealous we fight every day. The only time we get along is during sex and right after. Recently, he found an email I had written when we first got together in reply to a … more

Daughter tired of indulging mom's proselytizing friend

DEAR ABBY — There's this woman I've known since I was a child. She's a Jehovah's Witness I'll call Beatrice. She comes by my house every so often to share pamphlets and talk about her … more

Woman feels long-distance relationship is one-sided

DEAR ABBY — I am in a long-distance relationship. I live in Kansas; he's in Michigan. Because we are 720 miles apart, phone calls, text messages and Skype are vital to the health of our … more

Friend frustrated by woman's pattern of bad choices

DEAR ABBY - I have a friend who's 22 and has two children, which I helped her to deliver. She is also my neighbor. Since she moved in and divorced her husband, my husband and I have watched her make bad choices over and over again, starting with the … more

Boy's treatment of animals causes family alarm

DEAR ABBY - My 3-year-old grandson hurts animals. He's intelligent and articulate. He understands many concepts about all kinds of things. Frankly, I'm scared. It's because he is so intelligent and high-functioning. I feel he should have more … more

Woman wants fiance to halt 'boys club' culture

DEAR ABBY - My fiance is in a group chat with a dozen of his friends. They are all professional men in their 30s with families. They regularly send each other pornographic images. This includes the group "icon," which appears to be a solicited … more

Options abound for retiree's wife to join explorations

DEAR ABBY - The wife of "Headed for the Open Road" will never forgive herself if she doesn't accompany her newly retired husband on his open-road adventures. After working 40 years and retiring from my third job, my life partner and I went … more

Girlfriend wonders when it's time to mention her implants

DEAR ABBY — I have been in a relationship with a very special man who is five years younger. We met on an online dating site and have been seeing each other for several years. We are well … more

Accountant refuses payment for settling friend's estate

DEAR ABBY — For the past 2 1/2 years, my deceased father's friend and accountant has been working on winding up his estate. The bulk of the estate has been disbursed, and it should be … more

Man won't budge on having surgery to quiet snoring

DEAR ABBY - My husband and I are happily married, but have one serious problem. Our sleeping habits are incompatible. I'm an extremely light sleeper; he's a horrendous snorer. He sees a snoring specialist and tried several medical treatments, … more

Dad disapproves of toking in backyard at kids' party

DEAR ABBY - My wife and I know a couple whose daughter has been our daughter's playmate since they were infants. We all get along well and have gone to dinner, ball games and musicals together. However, when we go to their home for a gathering, the … more

Couple fights to repair marriage after man cheats

DEAR ABBY - My husband and I have been married 23 years. A month ago, he slept with my daughter's best friend. As soon as it happened, he told me what he'd done. He said he felt like I didn't love him anymore and admitted he made a mistake. I can … more

Friend goes to bat with boss, wins co-worker a raise

DEAR ABBY - I have reached a crossroads with my career. I used to love my job. I play an important role at my company, and I'm good at what I do. Long term, it provides job security. However, the pay is subpar, and my recent request for a raise was … more
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