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Challenging relationships

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

DEAR READERS: I have stepped away from my daily column for two weeks to finish writing my next book, which is due to be published next fall. I hope you'll enjoy these topical "best of" questions and answers while I'm away. Today's letters are about challenging relationships.

DEAR AMY: I have a friend who used to be so fun-loving and didn't ever...Read more

Parenting At Ex's House Is An Issue For New Wife

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a divorced father who has recently remarried. I have parenting time with my children one weeknight and every other weekend.

My children have told me that during the week they prefer doing their homework at their mother's home. They say that by the time I pick them up, prepare dinner and they start their homework, it's already ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/12/2016

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My only sibling has stopped speaking to me. My brother had a son 26 years ago. He claims he knew nothing about the child until I told him six months ago that he should take responsibility for his oldest son. We had words, and he texted me not to contact him, ever, and to have a great life.

I did call and left a message wishing him ...Read more

Father's Hurtful Vacation

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Dear Carolyn:

This fall, my father left my mother at home while he went to spend the winter with friends in Florida (she still works and he does not). He did not tell my mother of his intentions until the week before he left, and it was hurtful to her that he had made detailed plans without her knowledge. He did not tell me of his plans at ...Read more

Awkward descriptions

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

DEAR READERS: I have stepped away from my daily column for two weeks to finish writing my next book, which is due to be published next fall. As I sequester myself, noodling over this memoir, I hope you'll enjoy these topical "best of" questions and answers while I'm away. Today's questions deal with awkward terminology.

DEAR AMY: I've been ...Read more

Best Friend Is Ready For More Than A Simple Kiss Goodnight

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Roger and I have been seeing each other for two years. (We are both 50.) He is very handsome. We go to movies, ride our bikes together, work out at the gym and attend other events. He calls me every night, sends emails during the day -- even calls me when he's on a break from work.

He never asks me to pay for anything and sends me ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/11/2016

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: My girlfriend has a thing that she does with her 10-year-old son that I find borderline weird.

The first time I was at her home, while we were cooking dinner together, her son started whining, "Can we do it now, please? Please?" and she says OK and tells me she'll be back in a minute. The two of them then go into the living room. ...Read more

Letters From Beyond

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

A few days ago, one of our cats was struck and killed by a car. She is now buried in the garden beside two other cats who were old and sick and had to be euthanized.

One of our children, 6, is taking this very hard (he was here when the other two died). Yesterday, he wrote each ...Read more

Romantic complications

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

DEAR READERS: I have stepped away from my daily column for two weeks to finish writing my next book, which is due to be published next fall. I hope you'll enjoy these topical "best of" questions and answers while I'm away. Today's letters explore the subject of romantic complication.

DEAR AMY: I am in an ethical quandary. Three of my friends --...Read more

Wedding Cast Of Characters Reflects Turbulent History

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My son, Chad, is being married in June to Jenny, a girl his sister Madison introduced him to. Madison feels she should be a bridesmaid in their wedding because she introduced them. Madison had sex with Jenny's boyfriend Axel before she met Chad, got pregnant and had Axel's baby.

Jenny feels Madison screwed up her life and, even ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/10/2016

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: While in high school in the late 1970s, there was this guy, "Scott," who had a crush on me. Nothing transpired back then, so fast-forward 30 years.

A month ago, I received a Facebook friend request from Scott. Of course, I accepted and found out he and his wife are separated. I also looked at his friends' list and noticed he had ...Read more

Too Nice to Roommate's Cat

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Hi, Carolyn:

It's a long story so please bear with me!

My roommate and I are friends and busy medical students and we decided to live together near the hospital. I knew she had a cat but it was living at her parents' house. I'm allergic (which my friend knows) and our lease won't allow pets, so I didn't think it needed to be discussed.

...Read more

Young love

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

DEAR READERS: I have stepped away from my daily column for two weeks to finish writing my next book, which is due to be published next fall. I hope you'll enjoy these topical "best of" questions and answers while I'm away. Today's letters deal with the prickly, eternal question of how to handle young love.

DEAR AMY: I am the mother of two ...Read more

Stepson With Addicted Mom Must Learn That She Is Sick

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My stepson just turned 7. My husband was granted custody because the mother was declared unfit due to her drug abuse. She was granted supervised visits until she can pass two consecutive drug tests.

Over the last year and a half, her visits have become few and far between. My husband and I think it would be a good idea for Tony to ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/9/2016

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: I am the youngest sister of 10 siblings. Over the years, five siblings have died. You'd think we would try to be closer after such awful losses. So when does the bullying stop?

I have tried to be an upstanding sister and aunt, but no matter how much I contribute my money, time and empathy, they think it's OK to belittle me and ...Read more

Not Preferred

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

Lately my toddler son has shown a very strong preference for my husband. This affects everything from our morning routine (he wants Dada to get him dressed), to meals (he wants to play with my husband, not me, so I am always stuck cooking lest we endure an hour-long temper tantrum), to ...Read more

Discovering your son is a homosexual

Life Advice / Ask Amy /

DEAR READERS: I have stepped away from my daily column for two weeks to finish writing my next book, which is due to be published next fall. I hope you'll enjoy these topical "best of" questions and answers while I'm away. Today's questions both come from people who are struggling to tolerate others' sexuality.

DEAR AMY: I recently discovered ...Read more

Parents Supporting Adult Son Are Doing Him No Favors

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Nine years ago I married a man who has a son from a previous marriage. Eli is now 26 and lives on his own. While he may live under a different roof than his parents, they support him financially. My husband and I pay Eli's car insurance, cellphone bill, toll tag, life insurance policy and whatever other things come up (passport, gym ...Read more

Annie's Mailbox for 2/8/2016

Life Advice / Annie's Mailbox /

Dear Annie: Shortly after I had knee surgery, I went to the library wearing my (prescribed) compression wrap to prevent blood clots. This compression wrap makes an intermittent humming sound. A few minutes after entering, the librarian walked over and asked what the humming noise was. I showed her the compression wrap and said that the medical ...Read more

How Soon is Too Soon

Life Advice / Carolyn Hax /

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi Carolyn!

We've been friends for over a year, dating for almost six months, I'm late 20s to his early 30s. Financially, moving into his house (that he owns) makes a lot of sense, but some friends and family are against it because "it might not work out" and we aren't married.

We both feel like ...Read more