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Using mother tongue makes family conversation difficult

 September 2, 2014; Updated: 7:48 pm

DEAR ABBY: My son married an educated professional woman from another country. When their twins were born, my daughter-in-law immersed them in her native language so it would become their mother tongue. Although I understand and respect...


Day care operator needs a timeout for her mouth

 September 1, 2014; Updated: 6:30 pm

DEAR ABBY: My neighbor has a registered day care business, and every day I hear her screaming at young children and infants. They are all 4-year-olds and younger. We live in a rural area outside a small town. She uses profanity and says...


After a loved one’s passing, grief can outlast the support

 August 31, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

DEAR ABBY: My neighbor was very ill with diabetes and an amputee with other health problems. Her husband worked long hours to pay for her health care and keep food on the table. They also had custody of a 3-year-old...


Shared finances are the ties that bind man and his mom

 August 30, 2014; Updated: 5:12 pm

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 22-year-old college student. My boyfriend of seven years and I are engaged. Because we were high school sweethearts, we have watched each other grow into the people we are today. For the most part, I'm very proud of...


Responsibility for birth control falls on both men and women

 August 29, 2014; Updated: 4:59 pm

DEAR ABBY: I am sick to death of hearing about people who have too many kids and the hardship it imposes. Common sense for the women is to use birth control, but why don't men step up to the plate and have a vasectomy? I had one...


Wife is unwilling to shoulder burden of mother-in-law’s care

 August 28, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

DEAR ABBY: My mother-in-law is 80 and in the early stages of Alzheimer's. She lives alone an hour and a half from us. She also has a professional who takes care of her once a week. My husband, "Fred," goes to help and entertain her every...


Couple weighs reconciliation five years after violent split

 August 27, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

DEAR ABBY: Five years ago, my husband got drunk and physically attacked me in front of his family. It was horrible. I was in shock, and our relationship never recovered.The next four years were a series of court visits for custody...


Ring from broken engagement gets another chance to shine

 August 26, 2014; Updated: 5:26 pm

DEAR ABBY: I was engaged several years ago, but the engagement didn't last. We broke up and I gave him back his ring. We remain close friends, however, and hang out at least once a week.I have been dating another guy for a couple of...


Baby’s adoption will leave hole in grandmother’s heart

 August 25, 2014; Updated: 6:17 pm

DEAR ABBY: My teenaged daughter will be giving birth soon, and she has decided to place her baby for adoption. I have told her that whatever she decides, I will support her decision.Here is the difficult part: This will still be my...


Knuckle-cracking habit brings calm and craziness to family

 August 24, 2014; Updated: 2:49 pm

DEAR ABBY: My future son-in-law recently moved in with us for financial reasons. He's 27 and a nice guy, but he's a habitual knuckle-cracker. He cracks every finger of each hand twice (back and forth) every half-hour or so. He also...


Girl suspects her grandpa has become a dirty old man

 August 23, 2014; Updated: 4:33 pm

DEAR ABBY: I am a 12-year-old girl, and my grandpa is 75. I love him very much, but I have noticed lately that he stares at women's breasts when they are jogging, and he smiles when a gust of wind blows a girl's skirt up. This embarrasses...


Family fears for teen falling under boyfriend’s influence

 August 22, 2014; Updated: 5:38 pm

DEAR ABBY: My son's wife passed away very recently. He works days, so I have been helping him by looking after his 15-year-old daughter, "Leyla."Leyla recently told her father that her boyfriend, "Dylan," has asked her to vandalize...



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