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Dear Abby: Woman’s free babysitting is her choice, not fiance’s

Woman’s free babysitting is her choice, not fiance’s Dear Abby: I am a stay-at-home mom with three children. Recently, another mom asked me to care for her 3-year-old daughter while she went to work. How can I [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Work assignment abroad makes waves back home

Work assignment abroad makes waves back home Dear Abby: I took an assignment with my company that posted me to Hong Kong for two years. Legally, eating or using the contents of an unpaid item in the aisle is considered [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Pending graduation hard on sister being left behind

Pending graduation hard on sister being left behind After hearing her say, “Only a couple of more months till I’m done with school forever,” I have realized I’m mad because she’s graduating soon. For the past [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Husband suspects wife’s bar pal is more than a friend

Dear Abby: I’ve had a feeling my wife is about to leave me for another man. For the last few months he has been coming to the bar where she works and saying stuff to her. [...] she used to sleep nude, but now she [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Suicide attempt is signal for friend to act

Suicide attempt is signal for friend to act Luckily, she called me and I talked her through it. The one thing you shouldn’t do in a misguided effort to “protect” your friend is to remain silent. If your parents [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Daughter’s efforts never good enough for her family

Daughter’s efforts never good enough for her family How can I make my family see that I’m not them, and I can do good if they just give me the chance to learn from my mistakes? Parents always want their children to [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Grieving mom has just cause to ignore baby’s father

Grieving mom has just cause to ignore baby’s father The day I told him I was pregnant, he disappeared. Jake’s father had his mother call and threaten me. Dear Grieving: I am so sorry for the loss of your baby boy. [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Time apart gives woman second thoughts about boyfriend

Time apart gives woman second thoughts about boyfriend Dear Abby: I have been with my boyfriend for two years. [...] recently, we were inseparable and I loved his company. During that time, I gained a better [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Woman’s younger boyfriend hides her from his family

Does this make sense? If, after eight months of dating and living together for five, you still haven’t met his family, he has no intention of introducing you — ever. Picture this scenario: “Hey, Ma, this is [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Jilted husband also feels abandoned by 2 daughters

What could I have done to be a father when they didn’t want me in their lives? I talk to people and they keep telling me stories similar to mine. Something called “parental alienation” sometimes happens in bitter [Read entire story]

Dog is still bone of contention years after couple breaks up

A year into our relationship, we rescued a puppy. [...] we have shared her on and off. [...] I feel like I can provide a better home for her and give her more attention. Dear Abby: I work as a medical receptionist for [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Friend going for new look now looks 20 years older

Should I mention to her that her hair color makes her look 20 years older? A tactful way to lead in would be to say you saw the pictures she posted on Facebook and the platinum hair makes her look “older.” What is [Read entire story]

Teen in turmoil has many questions, few answers

Anonymous Teen in the Midwest [...] right now, you already have a job, and it’s to concentrate on your studies. The better your grades are, the stronger your chances will be of completing your education and becoming [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: After years of skimping, couple has cause to celebrate

After years of skimping, couple has cause to celebrate None of our friends are anywhere close to paying off their mortgages. Should we celebrate this — just the two of us, or with our friends? With no more mortgage [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Adoptive families celebrate with special day

Adoptive families celebrate with special day [...] a neighbor told us about how they would celebrate Gotcha Day with their adopted daughter each year. Early on, she had no idea what we were celebrating; she just knew [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: How do I find the right day care for my infant?

Dear Abby: I am a new mom of a sweet baby boy. Start by talking to your friends and family, asking if they know of a day care that’s good, then make sure that any facility you’re considering is licensed. Spend some [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Mom, 69, with health problems won’t move closer

Because of her age, I feel guilty that one of us isn’t close by to be there for her. There may be more to her reluctance to leave her home than sentimentality. If she has lived there for decades, she wouldn’t just [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: She assumed I was pregnant, but I’m not

Recently, while making a purchase at a local store and handing the cashier my money, she asked, “How many months along are you?” I was confused for a moment, until I realized she had assumed I was pregnant. Abby, my [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Fiancee’s daughters wrongly blame me for divorce

Fiancee’s daughters wrongly blame me for divorce While it may not be necessary for her to tell her adult daughters that their father was a cheater, and that’s the reason she left him, she should definitely call a [Read entire story]

Dear Abby: Nephew acts as if he lives here

Nephew acts as if he lives here [...] his mom committed suicide. Two years later his dad died in his sleep. How can I get through to this kid without hurting him? I do love him and try to treat him like one of my own [Read entire story]