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

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August 17

Ask Amy: Overindulged daughters suffer from 'affluenza'

Dear Amy: I am in a relationship with a man who has two daughters, ages 9 and 10. At the end of his marriage,…
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August 13

Ask Amy: Reader wonders how to help a depressed friend

Dear Amy: I have a very close friend who is extremely depressed. She is negative about every aspect of her life: marriage, career and…
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August 10

Ask Amy: Baby shower leads to pilfered leftovers

Dear Amy: I recently helped my sister give a baby shower for her daughter-in-law, “Linda.” Linda’s mother and sister were on the invitation as…
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August 10

Ask Amy: Mr. Wonderful sends live-in love to the guest room

Dear Amy: I am a retired woman in my 70s. I met a wonderful guy online. He said his wife of 20 years had…
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August 9
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What can you say to neighbors about crying baby?

What to do when a newborn's crying is keeping you up.
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August 6

Ask Amy: Widower wants ex-wife to be his caregiver

Dear Amy: I am an 85-year-old widower. My wife died three months ago. I have a “live-in” assistant who provides meals and general assistance.…
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August 3

Ask Amy: Family ring causing rift with manipulative sister

Dear Amy: Almost 30 years ago, less than a month before his death, my father gave me a ring that has been in our…
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August 2
A friend joins you and your boyfriend for dinner. Does he pay for your friend, too?

Should boyfriend pay for girlfriend's friend's dinner, too?

Three's a crowd when the tab arrives.
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July 27

Ask Amy: Woman ponders leaving dysfunctional family

Dear Amy: My partner and I have been together for almost six years. Through infertility treatment, we have a 2-year-old daughter, and I am…
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July 27
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See something, say something? Booger issue can be a real bugger

You're meeting someone for the first time, and she has a booger in her nose. How do you tell her?
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July 23

Ask Amy: Discovery of long-lost child challenges marriage

Dear Amy: I have an extremely happy marriage of 11 years. Our lives were just about perfect, and then my husband found out that…
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July 20
When it comes to siblings and play dates, parents should be flexible.

When third child unexpectedly joins a play date

What do you say to the parent who lets this happen?
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July 20

Ask Amy: Couple's separation leads to rift in the family

Dear Amy: My brother and his wife are divorcing. My brother has been abusive and an alcoholic throughout the marriage. I have always sided…
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July 16

Ask Amy: Father-son driving lesson takes wrong turn

Dear Amy: My son recently received his learner’s permit to drive. The other day, backing out of a driveway, he hit our neighbor’s mailbox.…
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July 13

Ask Amy: Grieving teen boy ponders possible crush

Dear Amy: I am a 15-year-old guy. I lost my mother to cancer six months ago. I tend to overthink things, and that’s why…
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July 13
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Soon-to-be-mom doesn't want a crowd in the delivery room

There's nothing wrong with telling potential onlookers that you want to keep this a private affair.
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July 9

Ask Amy: Family friend is shocked by woman's adult film career

Dear Amy: There is a 31-year-old woman who has been a part of our family since she was a teenager. She and my kids…
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July 6
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Off-leash dog has neighbor feeling off-balance

How do you talk to a neighbor whose off-leash dog scares you?
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July 6

Ask Amy: 60-year-old woman tries to navigate today's dating scene

Dear Amy: I am a 60-year-old woman, out of the dating scene for many years. I met a wonderful man online. We spoke for…
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June 22
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'Dump' old pal who wasn't a real friend?

An acquaintance is trying to rekindle a friendship that didn't exist.
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June 22

Ask Amy: Woman feels hoodwinked by closeted ex-beau

Dear Amy: I was widowed in my 30s, with three young children. It was a very painful process to lose my husband at the…
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June 18

Ask Amy: Confront mother over dad's childhood abuse?

Dear Amy: I am so angry with my mother. My father was abusive, and during his rages when I was a child, my mother…
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June 15
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How not to let a leaf-blowing neighbor ruin your serenity

This is about a childish, and lonely, neighbor who is hurt and acting out.
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June 15

Ask Amy: Overseas lover pressures woman for quick marriage

Dear Amy: I am in a long-distance relationship with a man I met in school. After graduation, he had to return to his country…
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June 11

Ask Amy: Brother uses elder mom's funds for his own purposes

Dear Amy: When my elderly parents were living in an assisted-living facility, my older sister and brother lived nearby. My parents had accumulated a…
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