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  • Readers Defend Parents Who Disapprove Of Cohabitation

    DEAR READERS: On May 5, I printed a letter from a parent, "Against the Tide in New Jersey." He said his "independent, intelligent, loving" daughters (both in their late 20s) have dated their boyfriends for five years and had recently moved in with them. The man also said he and his wife approve of…

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  • Boyfriend's Teen Escapade Should Be Regarded As Past

    DEAR ABBY: I have been with my boyfriend for a little over two years. He recently mentioned that when he was younger (19), he had a threesome (two guys, one girl). We are both over 35, so I realize this happened many years ago, but the fact that it was two guys is hard for me. I can't seem to get…

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  • Woman's Belief Of Parentage Needs Facts To Back Her Claim

    DEAR ABBY: I recently received a Facebook message from a 47-year-old mother of four who believes she is my daughter. While I do not remember her mother and have communicated this to the woman, the pictures she sent of her children somewhat resemble my family. I'm happily married with two sons, and…

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  • Greet Fussy Daughter-In-Law With Open Arms And Minds

    DEAR ABBY: My son is being deployed for 10 months. His wife and baby are coming to live with me, and I am thrilled.My concern is that his wife is a picky eater and she doesn't do much around the house. Would it be too much to ask her to help with the chores while my husband and I are at work? How…

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  • Oldest Daughter Wants To Avoid Celebrating Dad's Newest Child

    DEAR ABBY: My father is expecting his seventh child with his current "fiancee." I am the oldest of six girls; this child is expected to be a son. His fiancee is 11 years my junior -- 33 years younger than my father. I recently started a family and have two children under the age of 2. For various…

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  • Teen Fears Telling Racist Parents About Her New Beau

    DEAR ABBY: I am 18 and live with my parents. I have a part-time job and I also attend a local university. My parents and I have always gotten along, and I have been obedient and respectful of their rules. I have suffered from depression for years, but now I have finally met someone who makes me…

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  • Mere Mention Of Marriage Causes Man To Run And Hide

    DEAR ABBY: I am 59 and have a steady, good-paying job. I was married for 20 years, but divorced 11 years ago. I am set in my ways.I have been seeing a woman, "Melinda," for eight years now. She's 51 and also has a steady job. We live 30 miles apart. Our relationship has been somewhat rocky, but we…

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  • Burden Of Supporting Family Keeps Teen Under Mom'S Roof

    DEAR ABBY: I'm almost 20. I have a well-paying job and live with my mother in a small town. My issue is I don't know how to break away from her. My older siblings still live here, too. They don't help pay rent, utilities, groceries or anything. Mom and I pay for everything in a house of six people.…

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  • Daughter Seeks Explanation For Mom'S New Relationship

    DEAR ABBY: My mom turned 60 last month, and I hosted a party at her house for friends and family. As things were winding down, I took a break from cleaning up to look over the birthday cards from well-wishers that were displayed on a living room table. Among them was a big, gorgeous card from…

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  • Pro Athlete Can't Be Good Sport About Free Tickets

    DEAR ABBY: I have a dilemma. Last year my son became a professional in his sport, and he has recently become famous. Since then, everyone is asking for tickets to games because they want in on the action. I treated one relative who lives near me to a game with her son, and now her sister (with whom…

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  • A Phone Call From Kids Is The Best Father'S Day Gift

    DEAR ABBY: It's Father's Day. Maybe now is the time for people to forgive, forget and remember how wonderful their dad was when they were growing up. I am dating a man whose two grown children live out of state. He and his wife divorced when the kids were young, and he tried hard to keep a good…

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  • Bad Language, Racist Jokes Set Poor Examples For Kids

    DEAR ABBY: I recently married for the second time. My first husband was verbally and emotionally abusive. My new husband is kindhearted and takes good care of me. I have one problem though. He curses all the time. (I don't think he realizes he is doing it anymore.) I believe that cursing makes a…

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  • Man Sends Widow On A Guilt Trip For Trying To End Affair

    DEAR ABBY: I have been having an affair with a married man for eight years. At first, both of us were married, but my husband died two years ago. Since then, my lover and I have grown closer, but he won't leave his wife because of his kids. I love him dearly, but cannot go on living life this way.…

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  • Free Financial Advice Could Save You A Bundle

    DEAR ABBY: Making wise decisions about what to do with your money can be tough. Insurance policies, mortgages and investment plans come with so much terminology and fine print. The phone calls, email messages and mail offers for products and services are endless, and some are downright dishonest.…

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  • New Driver Without Insurance Is A Road Hazard To Avoid

    DEAR ABBY: My 17-year-old stepdaughter, "Audra," got her driver's license a few months ago and has started pressuring us to put her on our car insurance. When we told her we can't afford it, and if she wants to be on the insurance she has to get a job and pay for it, she had a temper tantrum.About…

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  • Husband'S Cocktail Time Is Too Much And Too Loose

    DEAR ABBY: I have been blessed with success over the years and continue to provide a comfortable lifestyle for my wife and me. I will be celebrating my 74th birthday soon, and 55 years of marriage to my high school sweetheart.When I come home from a busy day, I enjoy sitting down and having two…

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  • Wife'S Childhood Adoption Is Secret Only To Her Husband

    DEAR ABBY: I have been happily married for 30 years. Many years ago I found out, inadvertently, that my wife is adopted. (My wife has no siblings, and her parents died when she was in college.) Concerned that she might not know about it, I contacted senior members of her family to confirm. They all…

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  • Teen Mom Shouldn'T Count On Drug-Addicted Boyfriend

    DEAR ABBY: I'm 16 and a single mom of an almost 4-month-old girl. Her father is a drug addict. He manipulated me into having sex, which I had told him I didn't want to do until I was married. Also, I told him from the beginning of our relationship that if we ever got married and started a family, I…

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