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  • Don’t panic over kids playing doctor

    Dear Abby: Last weekend some family members were at my mom’s house for a meal. My 6-year-old son and my cousin’s 4-year-old daughter were playing in the room my mom had set up for the grandkids. When I went to check on them, I noticed …Read More

  • Is 30-year age gap problem for couple?

    Dear Abby: I am a widow who has fallen in love with a wonderful man who is almost 30 years my junior. He proclaims his love for me every day, and I know it’s real. I have been warned by others to be aware of …Read More

  • Mom-to-be skipping in-law’s wedding

    Dear Abby: My husband and I are pregnant with our first child. We are beyond excited and can’t wait for our little one to get here. Our problem: My mother-in-law is getting married two weeks after our baby is supposed to arrive, and she’s expecting …Read More

  • Boxers or briefs? His choice, not hers

    Dear Abby: I’m a 50-year-old man in a relationship with a woman who is 42. She says I need to trade in my briefs for boxer shorts because they are outdated and “nobody wears those” anymore. She also told me only 9-year-old boys wear tighty …Read More

  • Parents upset she has no college plans

    Dear Abby: I am a junior in high school and will graduate in the first semester of my senior year. Someday I would like to be a stay-at-home mom. I have no interest in going to college. I feel it would be a waste of …Read More

  • Offer to help early for Thanksgiving

    Dear Abby: Thanksgiving is fast approaching and I would like to share some advice with your readers from someone who has volunteered in shelters for many years. 1. Please do not volunteer on Thanksgiving. It’s the day most people volunteer, and there are always more …Read More

  • Husband refuses to stay with his family

    Dear Abby: My four girls and I recently moved from Texas to Florida to help out my in-laws. My husband, “Jeff,” made a big deal about not wanting to move without a job, so he stayed behind. Now I feel like a single parent, and …Read More

  • Thank-you notes worth the effort

    Dear Abby: The issue of thank-you notes comes up often in your column. May I share how I learned to write them? When I was young, my mother asked me one day why I was so resistant. I said I hated addressing them and I …Read More

  • No rush to tell dates of your weight loss

    Dear Abby: I had weight-loss surgery three years ago. I am down 100 pounds and feel great. I’m new in the dating game and wonder if I’m supposed to disclose that I was previously 100 pounds overweight. Is it any of their business, or do …Read More

  • She thinks friends shouldn’t have baby

    Dear Abby: May I have some advice about a touchy subject? One of my boyfriend’s close friends is going through his third bout with cancer, and the prognosis is not good. He is married with a healthy 3-year-old son. So imagine our surprise when his …Read More

  • Seeking right man to give her a child

    Dear Abby: I am an educated, single woman in my 30s. I’d love to be a mom one day, but because I have fertility/ovulation issues, I’ll need treatments in order to conceive. I’m scared that by the time I find a husband, I may be …Read More

  • Mom right for not letting her dye hair

    Dear Abby: I’m 17 and my mom won’t let me dye my hair! Earlier this year she finally let me color it red, which I have wanted for years. I went blond for my sister’s wedding, but I’m naturally blond and I don’t like it …Read More

  • Unused bedroom leads to dispute

    Dear Abby: My husband and I have been married for eight years. We have no children of our own, but he has an 18-year-old daughter from a previous relationship who has been coming over every other weekend and holidays since she was 10. Even though …Read More

  • Moody husband may have diabetes

    Dear Abby: In reference to “It’s All Good, Until . . . ” (Aug. 1), the woman whose otherwise easygoing husband turns hypercritical every evening at dinner, he may have hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) or be pre-diabetic, as my husband is. My story is the …Read More

  • Daughter’s 3-way romance causes rift

    Dear Abby: My daughter, the mother of six children, has left her husband and is now involved in a three-way with a man and woman. She has not shielded her kids from these “new friends,” as she calls them. Because I won’t let her “friends” …Read More

  • Criminal past dogs woman’s boyfriend

    Dear Abby: I’m in love with a man with a big heart. He was my boyfriend when we were both 6 years old. We lost touch for many years, but when I ran into him again we reconnected with a vengeance. We are great together, …Read More

  • Plan out day keeps them busy, happy

    Dear Abby: I am a 62-year-old grandfather of a 5-year-old granddaughter. The other day I had her for the entire day. I decided to make a list of the things we were to accomplish throughout the course of the day. It turned out to be …Read More