Advice

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

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September 15

What's the big deal about a billionaire giving away $1M?

The problem: I’m annoyed by these “big timers” who get media attention for giving a million dollars to charity when they are worth more than…
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September 15

Ask Amy: Facebook messages cause marital mess

Dear Amy: My husband and I have been together more than 25 years. Two years ago my husband got a message on his phone…
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September 8

Ask Amy: Interracial dating upsets parents

Dear Amy: I am in my early 20s, and have recently started seeing someone from a different race. He and I went to high…
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September 8

How do you tell people not to call you by a nickname?

Make your point, while understanding that the nickname caller means no harm.
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September 8

Ask Amy: If she's colleague's girlfriend, that's news to her

Dear Amy: I get along with a male co-worker fairly well, and we go out to lunch at least twice a week. There is…
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September 7

Hax: Couple's chemistry, versus his chemicals

Dear Carolyn: I’m six years out of a 35-year abusive marriage. Four years of intense therapy, hard work, and I am now healed and happy…
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September 6

Ask Amy: New stepmother feels attention deficit

Dear Amy: I am 44; my common-law husband is 40. I have a 22-year-old son who lives with us, and my husband has an…
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September 1

Salesman grandson won't take 'no' for an answer

Grandmother has a lot on her plate, and she doesn't want what he's selling.
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September 1

Ask Amy: Cousin takes sides in family divorce

Dear Amy: My husband and I were put in the middle of a situation I don’t want to be in. My cousin and I…
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September 1

Ask Amy: Should mom tell about teen's risky business?

Dear Amy: My 18-year-old daughter and I had dinner with another mother and her daughter recently. We’ve known one another since the girls were in…
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August 30

Ask Amy: Parents test drug-taking son

Dear Amy: My husband and I recently found out that our 28-year-old son has been using OxyContin. He is a college grad, lives on his…
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August 29

Hax: Worried about a friend's patterns

Carolyn Hax is away. The following has previously run. Dear Carolyn: I have a friend who came out of the closet and moved from a…
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August 28

Ask Amy: Partner may be enabling man's health problems

Dear Amy: My partner and I have been together for more than 15 years. We are not married, and now we are in our…
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August 25

Ask Amy: Leaving the church has family consequences

Dear Amy: I was raised in a heavily religious family and recently decided to leave the church. I cannot tell my family. I would…
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August 25

Is 6 too old for a child to have training wheels on a bike?

If your kid doesn't want to go to two wheels, what should you do?
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August 24

Hax: Son's breakup leaves mom feeling blue

Dear Carolyn: My 21-year-old son just broke up with his girlfriend of five years. He said it was mutual, and I’m not so totally surprised…
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August 23

Ask Amy: Man wonders why co-workers sexually harass him

Dear Amy: I’m a 47-year-old guy, happily married with four kids. I am an average-looking guy, easygoing, friendly to everyone, and have good conversational…
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August 23

Ex-etiquette: Ex sends late-night, nonemergency texts

Q: My boyfriend’s ex texts him in the middle of the night. It’s not romantic; it’s usually something like, “Don’t forget Jason’s soccer game is…
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August 22

Hax: 'Huffy silence' is a loud mistake

Dear Carolyn: I am remarried to a man without children and have a 25-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. He and I met when she…
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August 21

Ask Amy: Unhappy husband finds his lies catching up with him

Dear Amy: I have been married for almost 40 years. My wife and I have three grown children. There is nothing left in the…
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August 18

Is it rude to ask what you can bring to dinner?

Some hosts have meal planned and don't know how to reply.
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August 18

Ask Amy: Man with reunion crush wants to connect

Dear Amy: I am recently divorced. My wife and I were separated for years, so my non-relationship time is quite long. I had no…
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August 16

Ask Amy: DNA testing reveals family secret

Dear Amy: About a year ago, I used a genetic testing service. The website connects users who share genetics. Recently, I got a message…
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August 15

Hax: College romance earns few credits

Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: I am about to start my sophomore year of college. During my freshman year I met a…
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August 14

Ask Amy: Mom can help lovesick teen become Wonder Woman

Dear Amy: My daughter just turned 13. She’s happy, smart, kind and caring. During the last school year (seventh grade) she asked if she…
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