Dear Abby
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Wife left home with kids longs to mingle with adults

DEAR ABBY - My husband, Tom, and I have three kids: One is in college, the next is in grade school and the youngest is a baby. I'm a full-time medical student, and he's a professional athlete. From the outside, it would seem like we have a … more

Man wrestles with coming clean about infidelity

DEAR ABBY - I've been married to my wife for 10 years. We have two beautiful daughters and have always had a great relationship. Last month I was invited to go on a trip overseas and was hesitant about asking my wife. Once I did, she immediately … more

Love is lost in marriage after years of spousal rape

DEAR ABBY - I have been married 14 years and have two children. The first three years of marriage were great. We both cared for and respected each other. As our children grew older and our jobs have become more demanding, my husband has changed … more

Longtime addiction remains a secret in woman's past

DEAR ABBY — I am a 53-year-old woman who has finally met a kind, decent man after many abusive relationships. I honor our bond and have been open about my past, which has been colorful, to … more

Cancer diagnosis prompts search for life's lost love

DEAR ABBY - This is the 37th anniversary of when I met and fell in love with a beautiful young woman in Iowa. We were together less than a year before she decided to pursue her dreams in California. When she left, it broke my heart for years. To … more

Son throws tantrum after wedding gift is cut in half

DEAR ABBY - I was working out of town in a position that paid a good salary. When my adult son proposed to his girlfriend, I told him I'd try and give him $10,000 for the wedding. Well, things changed. I had to return home for good, and my salary … more

Playful poem reminds visitors to use guest towels

DEAR ABBY - I'm frustrated that guests in my home almost never use the guest towels I've put out for them in the bathroom. Why do they do this? I remember a little poem in your column that addresses this. I'd like to clip it and put it in there … more

Woman irked when co-worker mimics her style

DEAR ABBY - I've been trying to get healthy for years and recently lost a lot of weight. Every job I have, I work with grossly obese women. At my present job, one of them keeps coming to work dressed like me. It's happened before and I'm sick of it. … more

Parents blame teen's friends for underage drinking episode

DEAR ABBY — My 15-year-old daughter, "Jenny," went to a sleepover with her two best friends from school last Friday, "Penny" and "Ginger." Penny's parents went out and left the girls … more

Teen daughter catches married dad texting with other women

DEAR ABBY — My 14-year-old daughter caught her father, my husband, emailing and texting other women. He has been doing it for months. He says he went on dating sites because he was unhappy … more

Woman is blind to signs of fiance's abusive potential

DEAR ABBY - My granddaughter is getting married soon and I'm worried for her. I see many red flags she's ignoring. You've printed a list of warning signs of an abusive mate. Can you print it again so I can give it to her? Perceptive in … more

Newlywed wife rejects idea of adding a second wife

DEAR ABBY - I have been married for seven months, and my husband wants a second wife, something I do not agree with. He says he likes helping people and has decided he wants a former lover to be a part of our marriage. Unfortunately, she is more … more

Memories of assault revived by #MeToo movement

DEAR ABBY - Years ago, my husband and I hosted a St. Patrick's Day party in our apartment for friends. There was a lot of drinking going on. I had to be at work early the next morning, so I went to bed while the party went on. I awoke a short while … more

Friend's habit of singing in public is bothersome

DEAR ABBY - I have a close friend with whom I often travel and attend events. She's a lovely person, but she has the odd habit of singing in public - in gift shops, restaurants, or any public place where music is playing (and sometimes even when … more

Man's choice of wedding day steals spotlight from stepmom

DEAR ABBY — I'm struggling because my stepson has chosen to get married on my birthday. I have been his stepmom for 18 years. It feels like a punch in the chest. My in-law family members … more

Flirtatious co-worker dials back after his ex returns

DEAR ABBY — I have a crush on a guy I work with. I'm 19, and he's 26. He has a kid, which actually doesn't bother me. I love kids and have taken care of them most of my life. My problem is … more

Happy couple seeks way to support troubled friends

DEAR ABBY - Occasionally, married friends will come to my husband and/or me venting about their marital problems. We have been through a few rough patches during our 12 years of marriage, and during those times, we sought help from family, friends … more

Wife sick of 'friend' abusing husand's generosity

DEAR ABBY - My husband loaned a "dear friend" some money a year ago. She has yet to pay back a penny. When I ask him about it, he gets mad and tells me it's none of my business. I have hinted to her about some large bills that we have to pay, to no … more

Off-and-on relationship may be off after confession

DEAR ABBY - My boyfriend, "Al," and I have been together for two years off and on. We dated casually for six months before we decided to be exclusive. Unbeknownst to him, I was also sleeping with someone else, "Brandon." Al and I had a fight and … more

Wife's desire to be a mom grows stronger over time

DEAR ABBY - My husband and I are 15 years apart in age. We have been together for six years, married a year and a half. He is my entire world, my best friend and soul mate. When we first met, he told me he didn't think he wanted another child (he … more
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