Mom weighs telling her son truth about dad’s ‘time away’

DEAR ABBY: My son, “Jimmy,” is 8. His father and I are divorced, and he is facing jail time. Jimmy sees him every other weekend. I’m planning on telling Jimmy the truth, although I’m sure his dad...

DATE: May 18, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Classic meatloaf is comfort food that warms generations

DEAR ABBY: My stepmother had a recipe for meatloaf that she found in your column years ago. She made it for us often when we visited and we all loved it. However, we have been unable to locate...

DATE: May 17, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

When man is ready to talk, his wife can’t stay awake

DEAR ABBY: As the only income earner in our household of five, I work long hours. Sometimes I would enjoy talking about my day with my wife of 18 years. While she has no problem staying awake to...

DATE: May 16, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Ex-friend cast out of social circle dreams of vengeance

DEAR ABBY: My friend has decided she can no longer tolerate my husband. She feels he doesn’t “respect” her. This is far from the truth, in my mind. We have supported her emotionally and...

DATE: May 15, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Mom’s long-distance advice isn’t what teen wants to hear

DEAR ABBY: I am 17 and dating a 16-year-old girl. My mother lives a few states away. Every time we talk she tells me to spend less time with my girlfriend. It always seems like she’s trying to...

DATE: May 14, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

With parents gone, truth can be told about brothers’ crimes

DEAR ABBY: I have known for a long time that once both of my parents were gone, I would cease contact with my brothers. My problem is how to explain it to other family members and friends. I don’t...

DATE: May 13, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Emotional intensity of work leaves man drained at home

DEAR ABBY: When I was in my 20s, I chose a career whose long-term effects I hadn’t anticipated. I am charged with telling people they are dying and watching them die on a daily basis. While I know...

DATE: May 12, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Parents refuse to confront reason their son is bullied

DEAR ABBY: We have some great friends we have known for five years. Our families enjoy time together, and although the friendship started through our kids, I now get together with the other mom...

DATE: May 11, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Mom takes needless risks following her son’s suicide

DEAR ABBY: My fiancee has a death wish. She recently lost her youngest child to suicide. She’s in a lot of pain and rarely has a good day. She suffers from PTSD and relives the scene daily in her...

DATE: May 10, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Woman wonders if opposites can move beyond attraction

DEAR ABBY: I have been in a two-year relationship with a man who is loving and intelligent. We have talked about marriage since the beginning. I have traditional values, while he doesn’t believe...

DATE: May 9, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Reader’s criticism stings hard-working young writer

DEAR ABBY: I’m a columnist who writes various news, feature and column stories. The other day, I received my first criticism. A reader chewed me out for challenging their program. It’s hard...

DATE: May 8, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

Mom’s grip on apron strings has girlfriend at loose ends

DEAR ABBY: I’m starting to worry about my boyfriend’s relationship with his mother. He’s deploying at the end of the month. We have been friends for a long time and dating for a year. He’s 31 and...

DATE: May 7, 2017 | COLUMN: Dear Abby

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