Dear Abby
Dear Abby

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.

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Dear Abby | Son keeps his social life out of his parents’ view

DEAR ABBY: Our 22-year-old son stays with us. He has a part-time job and goes to school part-time. He is somewhat secretive. We don’t know his friends or where he goes. One day he brought a male friend over and they hung out in our guesthouse, drinking and playing video games. This went on for seve

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Dear Abby | Grandma is collateral damage in man’s war with mother

DEAR ABBY: I’m close to 70 and have three grown children. I’ve been a widow for 15 years. My oldest son, age 45, has pretty much cut himself off from our fairly close family. His reason: Two years ago, after I had surgery for lungcancer, he claims I told him I wished I had never had children. This

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Dear Abby | One nice turn grows awkward when friend asks too much

DEAR ABBY: About a year ago, a good friend, “Beth,” went through a violent tragedy that destroyed her family. My husband and I own a small waterfront property, so during the months following, I took Beth away for the weekend to hopefully allow her some healing and emotional recovery. She then as

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Dear Abby | New mother can’t let go of story of baby’s death

DEAR ABBY: I recently had a baby, and I have been diagnosed as having postpartum depression. I have tried all of the prescribed medications but took myself off them because of the side effects. The issue I’m having is I read a news story about a tiny baby who was scalded to death years ago by h

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Dear Abby | Relationship with Mr. Right goes wrong as values collide

DEAR ABBY: Nine months ago I met this incredible guy and we fell in love. We got along so well. He’s smart, good-looking, has a great career and there didn’t seem to be any problems. Six months later, he casually mentioned that we are political opposites. Now I’m not that big on politics, and

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Dear Abby | Young divorcee is reluctant to talk about her marriage

DEAR ABBY: When I was 18, I married someone who, at the time, I loved very much. It happened sort of spur of the moment. Not even six months into the marriage, he cheated on me. I am now 20, divorced and finally feel ready to move on. But how do I go about dating at my age being a divorcee?

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Dear Abby | Readers advocate respect for opposing viewpoints

DEAR ABBY: I’m writing regarding “Open-Minded in the South” (Nov. 24), the Christian woman who’s a supporter of the LGBTQ community. She’s concerned about her boyfriend’s mother’s inability to see her viewpoint and the effect it would have on future kids. I experienced something nearly identical

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Dear Abby | Lovers aren’t the only ones who celebrate Valentine’s Day

DEAR ABBY: Valentine’s Day is here and, to be honest, I don’t know much about St. Valentine. So I wonder if he meant the day to only be about lovers. Is there any reason I shouldn’t send valentines to my friends? Why should anyone feel bad because they’re not “with” someone? If you love and/o

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Dear Abby | May-December romance trips on question of having kids

DEAR ABBY: I’m a 67-year-old single white man. My girlfriend is 21 and African-American. We have been together a year and a half and are deeply in love. We have lots of fun together and go out and do things. When we are out together, people often stare at us. She’s very attractive and turns

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Dear Abby | Second wife-to-be wants man’s name all to herself

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I both got divorced about the same time, but his took much longer to become final. It is finally over, so we have begun talking seriously about marriage and starting a family. During one of our conversations, he mentioned that his ex-wife doesn’t intend to change