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DEAR ABBY: Couple's Long, joyful marriage is based upon three principles

posted: 01/20/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: Many of your published letters come from unhappy married women. Some of them seem unable to get objective advice that would make themselves and their marriages happier. I'm fortunate to be happily married (33 years) to a wonderful woman who has a clear perspective.

DEAR ABBY: Mom gives blessing to kids attending church with grandma

posted: 01/19/2017 1 a.m. Comment 1

DEAR ABBY: I am an atheist. My parents, although raised Presbyterian, never to my knowledge participated in organized religion, so it was not part of my upbringing.

DEAR ABBY: Learn to manage anger before exploding at kids

posted: 01/18/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I am a 23-year-old woman, and I know I should have a lot more patience than I do right now. I'm happily married with two beautiful children. After work when I return home, I'm fine for the first hour or so. But if my children start to get loud or keep asking me to do something, I get extremely aggravated.

DEAR ABBY: Mom and ex at loggerheads over daughter's cellphone

posted: 01/17/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I bought my 11-year-old daughter a cellphone. My ex does not approve. We have been divorced for six years, and he still can't get over it. He despises me. He refuses to listen to why I want her to have a cellphone.

DEAR ABBY: Photo of mom in body bag infuriates grieving daughter

posted: 01/16/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I am a 58-year-old female. My mother passed away in my home almost exactly a year ago. I took care of her for the last three years of her life. After she died, my brother and his wife came to my home at 1:30 p.m. The funeral home didn't arrive to pick her up until 8:30 that night.

DEAR ABBY: Busy sister likely won't mind if visitors offer to stay in hotel

posted: 01/15/2017 1:58 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: My sister and her family recently moved out of state after having lived near our family all her life. Mom and I want to visit her this year, but she likely won't have enough room for us in the house because she has three kids and only three bedrooms. She does have a sofa bed and an air mattress, but neither my mother nor I want to sleep on them. Both of us have back and knee problems and don't want to be uncomfortable.

Dear Abby: Shy guy needs some help putting best foot forward

posted: 01/14/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: My friend "Russ" is a sweet, quiet, reserved guy with a goofy side. He's in his mid-20s, but has never kissed a girl or gone out on a date. (He is the kind of person girls regard as a brother figure.) He has no confidence and doesn't drink, dance or let loose. I have seen his dating profiles, and they are brutally unappealing.

DEAR ABBY: High shool friend turned enemy continues her attacks

posted: 01/13/2017 5:45 a.m. Comments 2

DEAR ABBY: I need your help in dealing with an old "frenemy." "Jenny" and I were friends in high school, but she constantly berated me and accused me of taking advantage of her. She would make herself feel better by putting me down.

DEAR ABBY: Girl who shies away from gym can enjoy a good, long walk

posted: 01/12/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: My mom wants me to exercise more. Currently, I just walk a lot (in my house and around the block). I know exercise is a good idea, but I'm really self-conscious about it. I never feel like I'm doing it

DEAR ABBY: Wife who escaped abusive marriage must not go back

posted: 01/11/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: In the beginning of our marriage there was physical abuse and marital rape. I stayed anyway. Over the years we had two children. My husband, "Seth," and I don't communicate because he has refused to talk about any issues we have. During the last few years, my youngest son has also become physically abusive to me.

DEAR ABBY: Ex-husband who drives drunk should be taken off the road

posted: 01/10/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: A few months ago I left my husband after a long marriage, mostly due to his drinking. He often insisted on getting behind the wheel while drunk, and I was uncomfortable about it, although I repeatedly begged him not to do it.

DEAR ABBY: Key to wife's hoarding may be in her genes

posted: 01/09/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: My wife and I and our 13-year-old son live in a nice home we have been remodeling for the last eight years. The problem is, my wife has a hard time getting rid of anything, and she constantly brings home "new projects" that take up space but never get done. At one point, we hired a professional organizer because we had reached the point of having "goat trails" as the only means of navigating our way around the house. We also have a barn that is chockablock full.

Dear Abby: Dear Abby: Troubling mood swings perplex young teenager

posted: 01/08/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I am at the end of my wits, and I need some answers. I am almost 13 and dread being a teenager because I don't want things to be complicated. I used to have depression and felt suicidal, but I never told anybody. I eventually got over it and am now physically fine. But I'm not emotionally stable.

Dear Abby: Plotting against ex-husband keeps woman mired in divorce

posted: 01/07/2017 1 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: I have been divorced for five years, yet I can't seem to make headway. I constantly obsess about my failed marriage and the fact that my ex has moved on and remarried. I plot every day how to make his life miserable, which gives me some relief. I have been to counseling, but can't seem to move forward. I don't want to be stuck in this rut forever. Please help me. -- CAN'T GET OVER IT IN PENNSYLVANIA

DEAR ABBY: Toddler's taste in clothes stirs up family tensions

posted: 01/06/2017 5:45 a.m. Discuss

DEAR ABBY: My brother and sister-in-law have been dressing my 2-year-old nephew, "Charlie," in dresses and pink clothes. They say these are what the boy has chosen. To me, a toddler will pick out whatever gets his attention at the moment, and children that age have only a rudimentary understanding of gender.

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