Advice

Looking for some advice on love, family, life? Here are tips from the Star Tribune's experts.

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May 25

Ask Amy: Mom's cancer diagnosis raises many concerns

Dear Amy: Four months ago, my mom was diagnosed with late-stage ovarian cancer. She chose not to undergo medical treatment. Instead, she has been…
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May 24
She's not e-mailing you.

Chilly sister-in-law might be sending a message

Don't take her radio silence personally.
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May 20
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Mother-in-law still gets last name wrong on birthday checks after 20 years

Her mother-in-law remembers her birthday -- with a check with the wrong last name.
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May 18

Ask Amy: Expectant parents worry about 'thirdhand' smoke

Dear Amy: My wife and I are expecting our first child. Thankfully, both sets of our parents are active in our lives. However, my…
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May 14

Ask Amy: Siblings want to send artist to life school

Dear Amy: My brother has worked as a freelance artist (with side gigs, such as teaching) his whole life. He is capable of working…
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May 11

Ask Amy: Hyper-competent professional bored in her job

Dear Amy: I am 35 years old. For the past 10 years, I’ve been working at the same company, working my way up to…
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May 4
Noisy houseguests keeping you awake?

They're feeling hostile at having friends treat home like a youth hostel

Hard-partying houseguests keep hosts awake with late night rowdiness.
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May 4

Ask Amy: Dog bite causes family rift

Dear Amy: I am the mother of three adult children and grandmother to six. On Christmas Eve, my son’s 4-year-old was bitten by my…
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April 27
Is that handicapped parking permit legitimate?

Misuse of handicap spots drives her mad

The problem: Could you please address the misuse of handicap parking spaces? When I need to shop, I drive around and around to find a…
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April 20
Hmm, what to say?

Hey, buddy, can you spare me a career recommendation?

What to do when finding something nice to say is a real job.
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April 20

Ask Amy: Women wonder whether to call out male friends for sexism

Dear Amy: I found a group of people who share the same deep love and support for an international sports team. We meet up…
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April 13

Ask Amy: Hidden debt makes wife want to run and hide

Dear Amy: I’m in a long-term marriage. I have hidden debt (in my name only). The debt is around $45,000. I incurred this debt…
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April 13
He looks friendly, but you're not in the mood.

Does seeing dogs everywhere drive you barking mad?

More and more people have dogs that they treat like children and take everywhere.
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April 9

Ask Amy: DNA match reveals unknown niece

Dear Amy: I was tested by a DNA service that notifies participants of DNA relatives and their calculated degree of kinship. I was stunned…
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April 6

Ask Amy: Daughter's wedding brings fear of abusive ex-husband

Dear Amy: My daughter is getting married in a month and I am afraid of seeing my ex-husband. He was abusive on several levels:…
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April 5
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Friend's fad diet pursuits are eating her up

How to offer an exercise in patience and model good habits.
March 29
Lost that precious jewelry gift? It’s best to confess.

Oops! I lost some jewelry my boyfriend gave me

Should I tell him or buy a replacement?
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March 23

Ask Amy: Don't let personal choice get in way of charity

Dear Amy: In recent years, I have stopped wearing high-heeled shoes. I object to the idea of women being encouraged to harm ourselves to…
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March 22
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Speak up or shut up about your partner's sense of style?

I don't like the way my partner dresses, but I don't want to hurt her feelings.
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March 15

Ask Amy: She doesn't want pal's lecherous hubby at wedding

Dear Amy: During the holidays, my fiancé and I attended a party. A friend’s husband was overly flirty, and during the typical polite hug…
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March 12

Ask Amy: Sister reels from lifetime of bullying and exclusion

Dear Amy: My sister is three years older than me. When I was little, she would bully, undermine, belittle and keep her distance from…
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March 9

Ask Amy: Workplace mentor falls down on the job

Dear Amy: I am a mentee in a “future women leaders” program at my organization. I am paired with a director of a different…
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March 9
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Misinformed know-it-all friend takes fun out of visiting

It's hard to just ignore vociferous incorrect statements.
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March 5

Ask Amy: 'Vocal fry' drives grandma to distraction

Dear Amy: I detest the grating, creaking and dragged-out tonal quality of “vocal fry,” as epitomized by the Kardashians’ voices. Not only is…
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March 2

Ask Amy: Woman's platonic friend doesn't understand 'no'

Dear Amy: I am a 58-year-old divorced woman. I have a male friend whom I have known for 40 years. He and I dated…
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