Girlfriend is convinced that partner's parents dislike her

DEAR ABBY: Recently something has come up in my life that has pushed the shaky relationship between my girlfriend, "Linnay," and my parents to the front burner. She insists they do not like her. Because of it, she rarely speaks more than a few sentences to them and dreads going...

Need continues for self-help support for families in crisis

DEAR ABBY: It’s been several years since you have mentioned Because I Love You (B.I.L.Y.) as a resource for parents in crisis. What is happening to our groups — as well as similar ones — is a decrease in attendance. Yet the problems today are worse than when...

Mother's empty-nest syndrome becomes an unhealthy fixation

DEAR ABBY: I am suffering from a depression I think many mothers experience when they become empty nesters. Although my husband is supportive, I miss my 18-year-old so much that sometimes I'm tempted to drive to his college in Florida. My husband and I have always wanted to live...

Grown child keeps meetings with ex-stepfather a secret from mom

DEAR ABBY: When I was in my first year of college, my mother divorced my stepdad. "Charlie" was part of my life for 12 years, but since their divorce, she insists I have no contact with him. Charlie visits the state where I now live several times a year to see a friend and...

Wife irked as man reconnects with old partners on Facebook

DEAR ABBY: My husband has an extensive sexual history. He has had sex with more than 80 partners. All the encounters were when he was in high school and in his early 20s. Most were one-night stands with female friends. When we met, he was honest, and I was understanding.

Boyfriend would rather party with friends than stay home

DEAR ABBY: I have been dating my boyfriend just over a year. We live and work together, which I enjoy. He, on the other hand, expressed from day one that all he asks for out of our relationship is "space." I'm fine with that, but now it seems he needs more and more space. (An...

Your stars Oct. 16

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Stay on course. Completion should be your target. There will be plenty of time after you take care of your responsibilities to revisit something you need more time to mull over. Don't make a snap decision if you aren't ready. 2...

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