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Division of household work causes couple's tension

DEAR ABBY - "Ron" and I have been married 20 years and have two children. Recently, he called me a "freeloader" and described my parenting as "half-assed." It's not the first time I've heard it from him. I work part-time so I can have a flexible … more

New wife shocked to learn of husband's family secret

DEAR ABBY - My husband and I have been married for a few months and are expecting our first child. His father passed away about a year ago. His parents had been married 33 years when he died. A few weeks ago, we told my mother-in-law we were … more

Only child senses time has come to leave the nest

DEAR ABBY - I am an only child who has lived at home all her life - 44 years. My father recently passed away, so now it is just Mom and me. She has become extremely clingy. She is jealous of my friends and feels I must be with her for almost … more

Despite their divorce, ex-wife treats man like a best friend

DEAR ABBY — My ex-wife and I were married for 29 years. Then she had an affair with a co-worker's husband. Now that we're divorced, she thinks we should be the best of friends! If she has … more

Teen who raised siblings gets no respect from adults

DEAR ABBY — I'm 18. I started helping to take care of children at the age of 2. I have taken care of them alone since I was 7. Yet every time older people talk about child care, I am … more

Words fail woman in response to sister-in-law's loss

DEAR ABBY - My sister-in-law, a mother of four, just had a miscarriage at five months. I have no idea what to say to her or my nieces and nephews. "Sorry" doesn't seem to suffice. Her 6-year-old was ecstatic about the new baby. The family is … more

Wife left home with kids longs to mingle with adults

DEAR ABBY - My husband, Tom, and I have three kids: One is in college, the next is in grade school and the youngest is a baby. I'm a full-time medical student, and he's a professional athlete. From the outside, it would seem like we have a … more

Man wrestles with coming clean about infidelity

DEAR ABBY - I've been married to my wife for 10 years. We have two beautiful daughters and have always had a great relationship. Last month I was invited to go on a trip overseas and was hesitant about asking my wife. Once I did, she immediately … more

Love is lost in marriage after years of spousal rape

DEAR ABBY - I have been married 14 years and have two children. The first three years of marriage were great. We both cared for and respected each other. As our children grew older and our jobs have become more demanding, my husband has changed … more

Longtime addiction remains a secret in woman's past

DEAR ABBY — I am a 53-year-old woman who has finally met a kind, decent man after many abusive relationships. I honor our bond and have been open about my past, which has been colorful, to … 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

Son throws tantrum after wedding gift is cut in half

DEAR ABBY - I was working out of town in a position that paid a good salary. When my adult son proposed to his girlfriend, I told him I'd try and give him $10,000 for the wedding. Well, things changed. I had to return home for good, and my salary … 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

Woman irked when co-worker mimics her style

DEAR ABBY - I've been trying to get healthy for years and recently lost a lot of weight. Every job I have, I work with grossly obese women. At my present job, one of them keeps coming to work dressed like me. It's happened before and I'm sick of it. … more

Parents blame teen's friends for underage drinking episode

DEAR ABBY — My 15-year-old daughter, "Jenny," went to a sleepover with her two best friends from school last Friday, "Penny" and "Ginger." Penny's parents went out and left the girls … more

Teen daughter catches married dad texting with other women

DEAR ABBY — My 14-year-old daughter caught her father, my husband, emailing and texting other women. He has been doing it for months. He says he went on dating sites because he was unhappy … more

Woman is blind to signs of fiance's abusive potential

DEAR ABBY - My granddaughter is getting married soon and I'm worried for her. I see many red flags she's ignoring. You've printed a list of warning signs of an abusive mate. Can you print it again so I can give it to her? Perceptive in … more

Newlywed wife rejects idea of adding a second wife

DEAR ABBY - I have been married for seven months, and my husband wants a second wife, something I do not agree with. He says he likes helping people and has decided he wants a former lover to be a part of our marriage. Unfortunately, she is more … more

Memories of assault revived by #MeToo movement

DEAR ABBY - Years ago, my husband and I hosted a St. Patrick's Day party in our apartment for friends. There was a lot of drinking going on. I had to be at work early the next morning, so I went to bed while the party went on. I awoke a short while … more

Friend's habit of singing in public is bothersome

DEAR ABBY - I have a close friend with whom I often travel and attend events. She's a lovely person, but she has the odd habit of singing in public - in gift shops, restaurants, or any public place where music is playing (and sometimes even when … more
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