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  1. Son's clumsiness may have a physical cause

    Dear Abby: In short, my son is a klutz to the point that it affects his self-confidence.

  2. Abusive father makes gathering painful

    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 along with them, but can't stand how they treat Tom.

  3. Teen is looking for direction after high school graduation

    Dear Abby: I am an 18-year-old high school senior who is scared about what's going to happen after graduation. For the past three years I've known exactly where I'll be and what I will be doing in the general sense.

  4. Tyke hits mom when she takes back cellphone

    Dear Abby: When my friend 'Fran' and I get together with our kids, they often play games on her cellphone until the battery dies.

  5. Guest howls over dog's attendance at wedding

    Dear Abby: Is it acceptable to bring a teacup-sized dog to a wedding? The excuse was, 'Well, the wedding was at the beach.' The pre-dinner and dancing were inside a high-end resort on the beach. The dog was taken inside these establishments.

  6. Girl, cousin require therapy after assault

    Dear Abby: My granddaughter 'Cindy,' age 2, was being watched by her mommy's ex-sister-in-law and her sons. Cindy went to her mommy and said, 'Bubby hurt me.' Bubby is what she calls her 10-year-old cousin. Her mother called the police.

  7. Younger couples share how they handle their money

    Dear Readers: In April, I printed a letter from 'Wondering in Washington,' a man asking why young men in general today have the attitude that 'any money I earn is mine' in a marriage or live-in situation.

  8. Teen's parents prefer to lead a quiet life

    Dear Abby: Neither of my parents do anything for fun. When Dad comes home from work, he either reads the newspaper or takes a nap. If Mom has free time after finishing the housework or running errands, she watches the news on TV or goes to bed early.

  9. Son decides life on the open road isn't for him

    Dear Abby: For years, my wife and I were RV enthusiasts. We have a son who was envious about our lifestyle and expressed a desire to own an RV and travel the highways. When we decided to give up the practice, we gave our travel trailer to him as a gift.

  10. Reader reports happy ending to engagement ring dilemma

    Dear Abby: In July 2011, you posted an answer to 'Jittery Future Bride in Boston.'

  11. Booklet aids in talking to teens about sex

    Dear Abby: Help! My daughter just turned 13, and I need to discuss the facts of life with her. I don't know where to start.

  12. Son must eventually be told of dad's crime

    Dear Abby: I am a mother of four. My oldest son, 'Jeff,' is from a previous marriage. My ex was convicted of child molestation, involving his daughter from a previous relationship.

  13. Grandchild must be taught boundaries

    Dear Abby: We were visiting my daughter and her husband when their 3-year-old, 'Bethany,' entered our room and rummaged through our medications. The door to the guest room was closed and the medications had been placed on a desk.

  14. Teen is mocked for not wanting to date

    Dear Abby: I'm a 14-year-old girl in middle school. I have never seriously dated anyone, and the one time I did I felt trapped. My friends think it's weird that I have never dated a guy and they call me a lesbian.

  15. Grown child still resents parents who skipped 'graduation'

    Dear Abby: When I was a child, my parents skipped my elementary school graduation. For that matter, everyone did. My grandfather had just died, so Mom was ...

  16. Woman should rethink friendship

    Dear Abby: My best friend is getting married and asked me to be her maid of honor. She has also asked me to buy an expensive dress, host a lavish shower I'm ...

  17. Couple's use of birth control is long overdue

    Dear Abby: My 19-year-old son has been dating the daughter of one of my friends I'll call 'Mona.' We didn't set them up; they met at some parties. Last summer ...

  18. Scrapbooks full of memories will be cherished

    Dear Abby: May I comment about the question from 'Unsure in the West,' who wanted to create scrapbooks out of all the cards and letters she received over the ...

  19. Seniors can register for free eye exam

    Dear Abby: I am an ophthalmologist, and all too often I see patients who have already lost some of their vision because they waited too long to schedule an ...

  20. Kind words for friend's bad book are hard to find

    Dear Abby: My friend's husband has been writing a novel for several years. He just self-published it, and it's available on Amazon. He gave me a copy, asked me ...

  21. Family's anger over woman's past mistakes still lingering

    Dear Abby: Two years ago I was involved in an unhealthy relationship for me and my children. Despite what everyone said, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. ...

  22. Homophobic brother decides to change tune

    Dear Abby: I am a gay man who has had a difficult, distant relationship with my only brother, 'Bill.'

  23. 'Harmless escapade' breaks wife's heart

    Dear Abby: I just found out that my husband of 30 years is having an affair. When I confronted him, he said: 'I have a girlfriend.

  24. Let freedom ring from coast to coast on 4th

    Dear Abby: At 2 p.m., July Fourth, I would love nothing better than for all Americans to stop briefly and give our country a ring well, THREE rings to be ...

  25. Girl wants to complete high school despite family's woes

    Dear Abby: I'm 17 and a junior in high school. My family has recently been hit with hard times. We lost our home and are living in a motel, and I am struggling ...

  26. Ex's leftover lingerie lingers in boyfriend's drawers

    Dear Abby: I have been seeing my boyfriend for five months. He still has some of his ex-girlfriend's lingerie in his dresser. When we first got involved, he ...

  27. Mom-to-be's disappointment in gender is common

    Dear Abby: When I read the letter from 'Undeserving Title of Mommy,' the pregnant woman who was saddened by the fact that she's expecting a baby boy instead of ...

  28. Man who won't get naked puzzles girlfriend

    Dear Abby: I met a guy four months ago. Our relationship is new and pretty casual for the most part. We like each other's company and spend nights together, ...

  29. Bored and lonely teen should find a hobby

    Dear Abby: My 19-year-old sister died two years ago from an overdose.

Advice & Perspectives

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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