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.
Dear Abby: I am sick to death of hearing about people who have too many kids and the hardship it imposes.
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, '
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.
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.
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.
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.'
Dear Abby: I am being married later this year, and I'm planning my guest list. My cousin 'Emily' has five young children who I'm making an exception to invite. She lives across the country, so she's starting to book her plane reservations.
Dear Abby: I'm married to the love of my life. I can't imagine loving a man more than I love '
Dear Abby: You printed a letter from 'Self-Conscious in Georgia,' a young man who is insecure about the scar from his heart surgery. I have had three surgeries for congenital defects, my first at 2 years old.
Dear Abby: When my husband is sick or needs to have surgery, he refuses to tell his family and doesnít want me to. This puts me in a very awkward position. Iím damned if I do tell them because he will be upset with me, and damned if I donít because his family wonít trust me, and I donít want things that way.
Dear Abby: I have been single for a couple of years. I have always been levelheaded when it comes to romance, but I'm finding myself unable to control my feelings about the new man I'm seeing.
Dear Abby: My husband of 30 years had an affair a year and a half ago. We struggled through the aftermath and are trying to restart our relationship.
Dear Abby: I'm not much of a drinker.
Dear Abby: I am very concerned about my 33-year-old daughter's safety. A man in his mid-60s, someone she met at a previous job, has become obsessed with her.
Dear Abby: I'm a 15-year-old girl who has two younger brothers. My parents are good people, but they can be extremely harsh and cruel. They curse us out and ...
Dear Abby: I have a friend who will help herself to anything in my fridge, pantry, etc. without asking. She also will eat most, if not all, food that's meant ...
Dear Abby: I just finished reading the letter from 'Pressured,' the wife whose husband keeps track of how often he and his wife have had sex and his ...
Dear Abby: Coming out of an abusive relationship in the past, I made some poor decisions. I moved away from home and into pornography and prostitution. I come ...
Dear Abby: What is the protocol for naming a baby after a deceased person? If the name you want to use is a deceased family member's name, do we ask his next ...
Dear Abby: I'm 16 and so is my boyfriend. He's wonderful. We're very much in love and intend to be together for the rest of our lives, but my mother is causing ...
Dear Abby: My husband and I have a lake house and invited a couple (close friends) to join us for a few days. The husband has cancer and has been taking chemo. ...
Dear Abby: I'm a 21-year-old man who has been a successful swimmer in high school and now in college. Over the past few months, I have become obsessed with ...
Dear Abby: My husband's family are hypocrites! They talk about everyone and their problems, yet when something arises in their family, they want it kept hush- ...
Dear Abby: In short, my son is a klutz ó to the point that it affects his self-confidence.
Dear Abby: I adore my son-in-law, 'Tom.' He's a wonderful husband to our daughter. He's always inviting us to dinner, along with his parents and family. We get ...
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Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. It is the most popular and widely syndicated column in the world -- known for its uncommon common sense and youthful perspective.
Abby began working at age 14 under the tutelage of her mother, who founded the Dear Abby column. As a young girl, Abby answered letters from other teens under the training and supervision of her mother. In 1987, Abby assumed all the writing responsibilities for Dear Abby.
Abby receives more than 10,000 letters and e-mails per week. More than 80 percent of the correspondence she receives comes from readers between 18 and 49. The majority of the rest comes from people under 18.
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