Man seems to be a friend only when he needs a hand

DEAR ABBY: My husband has been so-called friends with a man I’ll call “Roy” for almost 30 years. During the 23 years I have been in the picture, I have noticed their friendship seems one-sided. ...

DATE: Aug. 7, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Mom’s hoarding tendencies are crowding daughter out

DEAR ABBY: I’ve been trying to declutter and get rid of things, but each time I do, my mother scolds me for getting rid of sentimental items and sends them back to my room. There are clothes that...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Abusive adoptive mother has no right to daughter’s money

DEAR ABBY: I need your advice. I am 41 years old and was adopted at birth. I was raised by an unloving woman who was emotionally, verbally and physically abusive. I persevered, worked hard, and...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Woman feels steamrollered by in-laws in her own home

DEAR ABBY: My in-laws live in an apartment above our garage. It wasn’t my idea. It was a compromise with my husband. They now want to move Grandma into a trailer in our backyard! I am totally...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Man’s silence about past therapy distances fiancée

DEAR ABBY: My fiancée and I have been together for four years. We live together. Recently, I was talking to him about mental health and the benefits of therapy, which I firmly support. He said he...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Wife decries kissing cousin’s return to family gatherings

DEAR ABBY: When my husband and I were dating, he told me that he’d had a consensual sexual relationship with his cousin, “Irma.” He said they were in their early 20s and very immature. They parted...

DATE: Aug. 2, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Mom suggests best approach to asking about gun safety

DEAR READERS: Today’s column is a continuation of yesterday’s about the importance of gun safety and parents feeling confident enough to raise the subject with other parents. Read on: DEAR ABBY:...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Vigilant moms can’t help asking about gun safety

DEAR ABBY: I am a Yale-trained pediatric nurse with a post-master’s as a psychiatric nurse practitioner. I respectfully ask that you retract your answer to “First-Time Mom in New Jersey” (June...

DATE: July 31, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Reluctant student considers gap year before college

DEAR ABBY: My 18-year-old daughter has just graduated from high school. She has now informed me that she’s not going on to college, like we had previously discussed, and becomes upset when we try...

DATE: July 30, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Dad-to-be looks for push gift on a budget

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I are expecting our first child. A friend of hers took me aside to ask if I had gotten my wife a “push gift.” I had never heard of it, but apparently, it’s supposed to be...

DATE: July 29, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Guilt meets grief after boyfriend’s death

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend died a few months ago, and it has been a struggle to get through my sadness. We had been through a lot in the year and a half we were dating, including some infidelities on...

DATE: July 28, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Stay-at-home dad wonders if he’s judged

DEAR ABBY: I’m at my wits’ end. I have been unemployed for almost two years. My wife has been working during that time. We have two girls I take care of as a stay-at-home dad. Although I have...

DATE: July 27, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

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