Husband's Video Gaming Leaves Wife On Sidelines
DEAR ABBY: I was laid off from work, but my husband, "Keith," works full-time in a factory. We live with his parents. By the time Keith gets home from work and gets cleaned up, it's time to eat dinner. Immediately afterward, we always follow the same routine: We go in our bedroom and he goes on the computer to play video games, while I sit and watch TV and play on my phone.We love each other and rarely disagree about things, but this isn't fun for me. I have told Keith I feel ignored and I'd love to do something with him. ...
Fiance's Parents Deserve Truth About Bride's Past
DEAR ABBY: I am in my late 20s and recently became engaged to my boyfriend of more than a year.
Mom Is Slow To Address Girl's Excessive Weight
DEAR ABBY: I'm 12 and weigh 204 pounds. I feel really fat and I want to go on a diet, but my mom won't let me. I'm getting bad grades in gym class and need your help. -- SAD GIRL IN NEW HAMPSHIREDEAR SAD GIRL: By recognizing that you have a problem that you can't deal with on your own, you have already taken an important first step in resolving it. The next is to talk to your gym teacher about this and enlist her aid in convincing your mother to give you the help you need. ...
Sister Caught On Camera Denies Stealing Earrings
DEAR ABBY: My parents and sister live three hours away, so my family stays with me when they come to town.
Twins Share A Birthday, But Shouldn't Have To Share Gifts
DEAR ABBY: I'm the proud mother of four beautiful children -- a daughter, a son and 8-year-old twin boys. Christmas is around the corner, and I don't know how to tell my family members to please buy gifts for both the boys.
Woman In Unhappy Relationship Should Cut Her Losses And Go
DEAR ABBY: I have been with my fiance since 2006. We expected to be married in 2008, but my grandmother died a month before my wedding, and then he was arrested because of charges stemming from a sexual relationship he'd had with a 17-year-old girl he had been counseling.Since then, we have had a daughter, but through it all there has been cheating, drugs, jail, no job, and constant excuses about why our sex life no longer exists. We have also had physical altercations, which he was arrested for.I am no longer happy with this relationship. The only reason I stay is because of our children. ...
Woman Saddened By Wonderful Partner Who Doesn't Want Kids
DEAR ABBY: I am a 38-year-old woman who has been dating a 41-year-old man for seven months. Sadly, although I have always wanted children, he does not. I realize my choice is either to stay in a relationship with a fabulous partner, knowing we won't have children, or end it, hoping I'll find someone just as wonderful who wants kids.
Compassionate Friends Help Parents Cope With Their Loss
DEAR ABBY: My little girl was born with a heart defect.
Doting Granddad Overspends With His Time And Money
DEAR ABBY: I am ready to explode. My father-in-law dotes on my 16-year-old daughter, who is his only grandchild. The biggest issue, aside from his overspending, is that he takes her to and from school every day and then expects to stay and visit. I have neither the time nor the inclination to sit and chitchat with him about the same old stuff over and over. My husband doesn't want to be involved. (He doesn't get home until after his father has left, anyway.) It would probably end up in a nasty fight.I want to politely make "Dad" understand that he doesn't need to come in every single day. ...
Four-Hour Commute Is Iffy Investment In Relationship
DEAR ABBY: I have been seeing my boyfriend, "Casey," for a year. On one of my recent visits, Casey said he never wants to get married! When I asked what had changed his mind, his response was that he has decided that marriage is a trap.
Murder In The Wedding Party Throws Plans Into Question
DEAR ABBY: My fiancee and I are getting married next summer.
Fake Pregnancy Lures Man Into A Live-In Relationship
DEAR ABBY: A friend of mine faked a pregnancy to get a man to stay with her.
Woman Who Left Abusive Ex Struggles With Lingering Ties
DEAR ABBY: I was married to a man who ruled my every move.
Meeting 'Good Guy' Online Requires Serious Search
DEAR ABBY: May I address a question you printed on July 24? "Where Are the Good Guys?" has trouble meeting men and wrote about seeking sexual partners on Craigslist. Well, I met my boyfriend of two years through a "no strings attached" ad I posted on Craigslist. So what if we were adults who wanted a casual relationship to start with?
Jealous Girlfriend Must Watch Her Step On The Dance Floor
Turkey Stuffed With Dressing Is Also Dressed With Stuffing
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have the same argument every year around Thanksgiving.
Teen Knows From Experience That Cutting Won't End Pain
DEAR ABBY: I am a 15-year-old girl. Recently I made a new friend, "Mandy," and confided to her about my dark past of depression. I know from experience that what Mandy is doing is not a good way to handle things. I really want Mandy to stop.
Mom's Wild Lifestyle Puts Daughter's Well-Being At Risk
DEAR ABBY: My 23-year-old daughter is out of control and has been since she was 16.
Wife Feels Violated After Being Awakened By Husband's Touch
DEAR ABBY: I love my husband very much. Until the last few years there have never been any problems in our 20-year marriage. I have depression and epilepsy, and I am on five different medications for them.Sometimes when I have come out of a seizure, I have found that my clothes have been removed and my husband is "touching" me. Also, because the medication puts me into a deep sleep at night, I have half-awakened to him having sex with me. I am so groggy I can't respond. Is this right? I feel like I have been violated, but I haven't said anything to him. ...
Wife Hoping For Baby Wants Husband To Stop Using Drugs
DEAR ABBY: My husband and I want to start a family, but until now our circumstances have not made this possible.
Woman Dating Younger Man Should Take It Slow For Now
DEAR ABBY: I am attracted to a man who is 27 years my junior.
Turkey Of An Ex-Boyfriend Could Ruin Thanksgiving Dinner
DEAR ABBY: My mother-in-law tends to embrace every pitiful creature she comes into contact with. This Thanksgiving she has invited my ex-boyfriend and his wife to her home to share in the festivities.
Daughter Pleads For Patience From Nursing Home Workers
DEAR ABBY: My elderly mother was recently placed in a nursing/rehabilitation facility.
Teenager's Marijuana Use Puts Friend In Tough Spot
DEAR ABBY: I'm a senior in high school. Every day during lunch, one of my friends goes outside and smokes weed with a couple of his friends. He comes back from lunch with red eyes, smelling of smoke and his behavior indicates that he's high. I'm not sure if they smoke on or off campus, but I know it isn't legal at their age (17), and especially not at school. I saw a joint in his pocket a couple of times and he told me to keep it a secret.Abby, this has me very uncomfortable. If he wants me to keep it a secret, he must know it's wrong. I don't know how to tell someone or even who I should ...
Wife's Wild Past Puts Future Of Her Marriage In Jeopardy
DEAR ABBY: This is my wife's second marriage. When we were dating, she led me to believe that I was the second sexual partner she had ever had. Shortly after our wedding, I found out through some mutual acquaintances she had attended college with that she had been very promiscuous during her college years and that the number of men she has been with is far greater than two.I feel lied to and trapped in my marriage. (If I had known this, I would not have married her.) She knows I know. She dismissed it by saying the past doesn't matter, but what she fails to recognize is that it matters to me. ...
Bullied Classmate Is Surprised By Apologies, Hugs At Reunion
DEAR ABBY: I'm writing regarding "Lost for Words" (July 7), who skipped her 10-year high school reunion because she was bullied in school. (She is now receiving Facebook messages from former classmates who want to apologize.) When I got there, I was given hugs by classmates. "Lost," you can either keep reliving those painful moments and continue to suffer, or rise above it, prove to your classmates and yourself that they can't hurt you anymore and get to know each other now as peers.
Expressing Your Gratitude Never Goes Out Of Style
DEAR ABBY: With the holidays approaching, a reminder is in order. People: Don't forget those thank-you notes! I don't mean an email, but a real, honest-to-gosh thank-you note sent through the mail with postage.My mother always told me that a gift is not truly yours until a proper thank-you has been sent. She said it "completed the transfer." I was not allowed to play with the item or use it until that note was written.This is especially true for young people today, who seemingly were not taught this in school or by their parents. ...
Longtime Gay Couple May Be Better Off Not Marrying
DEAR ABBY: I have been with my partner, "Harold," for 11 years. After gay marriage passed here in Minnesota, Harold told me he didn't want to marry me because of my credit rating.
Dogs Running Loose Are Not The Only Ones At Risk
Marital Infidelity Is Unfit Topic For Holiday Banter
DEAR ABBY: I'm a single woman who has had a string of unsuccessful relationships.