Advice

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

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November 16
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How do you tell an adult child that it's time to move out?

How do we tell our adult son he needs to move out without feeling guilty for kicking out our grandson, too?
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November 16

Ask Amy: Retiree didn't want young person's grocery 'blessing'

Dear Amy: My income is derived from Social Security and a small pension that has not increased one penny in 31 years. Because I…
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November 9

Ask Amy: Readers respond on how to handle chronic lateness

Dear Readers: I recently ran a question from a reader who reported that her beloved daughter-in-law was chronically late. In my answer, I reflected…
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November 5

Ask Amy: Young woman wants to roar for rights

Dear Amy: I grew up in a very progressive city. Gender equality always seemed like an historical issue that had been resolved. I never…
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November 4
This is what some brides and grooms don't want to see on their wedding day.

How can you ask guests not to bring cellphones to a wedding?

You don't want photos from your wedding on social media. How do you tell your guests you'll be restricting their phone use?
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November 4

Ask Amy: In-laws seem to be closing in on family

Dear Amy: My in-laws live six hours away. I like it that way. They keep talking about moving to our town, but this would…
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October 26
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When giving a gift, do you have to stick to the registry?

Headed to a baby shower? Is it rude to buy something that is not on the registry?
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October 26

Ask Amy: Sister's illness leads to transplant questions

Dear Amy: My sister is receiving treatment for a chronic illness. Eventually her treatment will cease to be effective without a kidney transplant. My…
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October 19

Ask Amy: Worried parent wonders about in-law alcohol intake

Dear Amy: I’ve been married for 20 years. My in-laws all live locally and are all high-functioning daily alcohol consumers. We are all involved…
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October 14
A bride with her father before walking down the aisle.

Ask Amy: Daughter hits up parents to pay for fancy wedding

Dear Amy: My 29-year-old stepdaughter, “Jamie,” is getting married to a man she has lived with for three years. Some time ago, Jamie e-mailed…
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October 12
How do you gracefully decline to lend money to your significant other?

What to do when your new squeeze puts on the squeeze for a loan

You're in a new relationship, and your partner asks for a loan. How do you say no?
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October 5
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How to deal with an uninvited 'plus one' minus the drama

What do you do when a guest responds to an RSVP with a plus one and you didn't invite a plus one?
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October 5

Ask Amy: Family member shuns mixed-faith wedding

Dear Amy: My son is getting married soon. We are Jewish (though not religious), and my son is marrying a lovely Christian girl (also…
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September 28

Ask Amy: Neighbors pop over and head straight to the pantry

Dear Amy: We have new neighbors. Our 5-year-old twin daughters and the neighbors’ older (of two) daughters are best friends from school. We really…
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September 27
Unless you're very close to the person, it's best not to point out their bodily noises, however annoying to you.

Rude bodily noises merit a polite response

What do you do when someone makes annoying bodily noises, such as blowing his nose loudly?
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September 24

Ask Amy: Grandmother's testimony leads to murder charge

Dear Amy: My 21-year-old grandson, who lives in another state, has told everyone that I’m responsible for his mother facing a murder charge. When…
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September 21

Ask Amy: 'Tech widow' wants to get husband's attention

Dear Amy: I’ve been married for four years. My husband is really good to me, but lately it feels like our marriage is in…
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September 17

Ask Amy: Grandmother's babysitting leaves boyfriend lonely

Dear Amy: My lady friend, “Kate,” and I have been together nine years. We both have children and grandkids and travel often. When not…
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September 14
Be the picture of family harmony.

How to stop a photo shoot from turning into a family feud

You're at a family gathering and don't want nonfamily members to be in the group pictures. How do you break the news to your kids' significant others?
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September 14

Ask Amy: Yes, that's her 'real' name

Dear Amy: I am a foreign-born U.S. citizen from Hong Kong, a formerly British colony for more than a century. I have lived in…
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September 10

Ask Amy: Husband resents wife's grief over ex's death

Dear Amy: My wife and I have been together since 2010. Our marriage has never been perfect, but we have managed to stay together.…
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September 7
Sent an e-mail that was misinterpreted? Talk face to face.

Friend is in a snit after misinterpreting e-mail as snarky

Your e-mail upset your friend, but you meant no harm. What do you do?
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September 7

Ask Amy: Couple want to resist Mom's church marketing

Dear Amy: What can be done about my boyfriend’s overly religious mother, who repeatedly invites us to attend her church? Her very small congregation…
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September 3

Ask Amy: Romantic reconnection fizzles quickly

Dear Amy: I reconnected with my college boyfriend after finding him on our school’s website. We had gone our separate ways, many years ago.…
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August 31

Don't just curse your luck if guest swears in front of kids

A dinner guest keeps dropping expletives in front of your young children. How do you politely tell the guest to stop?
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