Advice

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

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April 26

Ask Amy: Daughter wonders how to disclose alcoholism

Dear Amy: My mom died several years ago, and my father has remarried. The woman he married is an alcoholic. Dad seems to be…
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April 25

Ask Amy: Man at the beach gives bikinis a round of applause

Dear Amy: My wife and I love the beach. We walk on the beach, kayak, picnic, and in the summer we swim. When it’s…
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April 25

Hax: Grandma seeks daughter's attention

Dear Carolyn: I am retired and live alone. Although my daughter lives nearby, I rarely see or hear from her. If I text her a…
April 24

Miss Manners: One crisp response can answer many intrusive questions

Dear Miss Manners: Since my husband and I both retired, I am noticing some etiquette situations that are awkward and annoying. I am always…
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April 21

Ask Amy: Grandmother wonders if she is obligated to babysit

Dear Amy: I am a 67-year-old divorced, single woman. I live about 10 minutes from my daughter and babysit for my 18-month-old granddaughter two…
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April 19

Ex-etiquette: Counseling may help find tools to communicate

Q: My boyfriend of one year and I are considering moving in together. We have three kids — my 13-year-old daughter and his two sons,…
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April 19

Ask Amy: Exhausted mother deserves husband's support

Dear Amy: I am the mother of a 2-year-old and a 5-month-old. My husband and I are both professionals, and I am currently on…
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April 18

Ask Amy: Dating relationship ends in slander

Dear Amy: I’ve been dating a woman for about six months. We started dating soon after what I thought was the breakup with her…
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April 18

Hax: Wife dreads prospect of 'home alone'

Dear Carolyn: My husband has been asked to go on a mission trip. He has done this in the past and really enjoyed it. I…
April 17

Miss Manners: Direct action allowed if children's safety is threatened

Dear Miss Manners: Standing at an airport carousel waiting for my luggage, I noticed two small children playing with the moving belt by running…
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April 14

Ask Amy: Longtime boyfriend worries about infidelity

Dear Amy: My girlfriend and I have been seriously dating for almost nine years. She has a son whom I have helped to raise.…
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April 14

Did she forget what he told her, or is he trying to drive her crazy?

Could this be a "Gaslight" situation, or simple aging?
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April 14

Ask Amy: Checked-out husband now wants out

Dear Amy: I am married to a beautiful woman who is pregnant with our second child. Over eight years of marriage, our ability to…
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April 12

Ask Amy: Over a decade later, thank yous still wait

Dear Amy: Eleven years ago, I married the most perfect person for me. We had a very small wedding with just our closest family…
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April 11

Hax: She's not sporting about relatives' games

Dear Carolyn: My husband and I have been married 12 years and have no kids. Prior to getting married, my husband was aware that I…
April 10

Miss Manners: Guests who won't leave party need more than a hint

Dear Miss Manners: My wife and I invited longtime neighbors to an informal dinner party, called for 6:30 p.m. The evening progressed nicely until…
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April 10

Ask Amy: Photo of deceased friend lives on, on Facebook

Dear Amy: My dearest friend suddenly passed away from a heart attack. His funeral was yesterday. His younger cousin took pictures of my friend…
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April 7

Sick of friend's medical advice? Here's the prescription

Our paths are increasingly paved with well-intentioned Dr. Googles.
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April 7

Ask Amy: Homebodies have honeymoon forced upon them

Dear Amy: I got married last year. I saved up and paid for the wedding myself. My husband and I decided not to have…
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April 6

Hax: Keep bachelorette trip simple and calm

Dear Carolyn: How can I do my part in preventing any drama during my bachelorette party? I am having 10 of my closest girlfriends and…
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April 5

Ex-etiquette: It's time for a change

Q: My kids’ father and I do a good job of co-parenting, but he does one thing that really bugs me — he never returns…
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April 5

Ask Amy: Girlfriend enlists guy in dangerous deception

Dear Amy: I am in my late 20s and have been seeing my girlfriend, “Tami,” for more than three years. We have been long-distance…
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April 4

Hax: Husband feels 'ditched' when in-laws visit

Dear Carolyn: I’m writing from the mudroom of my house, to give you some perspective: My wife has always claimed she’s much better friends with…
April 3

Miss Manners: It's OK to pick up someone's mail if it's underfoot

Dear Miss Manners: As I enter a professional’s small waiting room, the lower edge of the door disturbs mail that is lying on the…
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April 3

Ask Amy: Violent ex threatens current relationship

Dear Amy: I have been dating a divorced gentleman for almost two years. He has dated in the past, but as soon as he…
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