Advice

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

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February 16

Ask Amy: Engaged couple's cat fight not really about cat

Dear Amy: I’ve started to realize that I should probably rehome my cat. I adopted her four years ago when she was a kitten…
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February 16

Restaurant server keeps dishing up fawning compliments

What to do when obsequious comments are proving unappetizing.
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February 12

Ask Amy: To combat social media addiction, try a 'fast'

Dear Amy: After years of denial I have realized that I am addicted to my smartphone and to social media. Sometimes it gets to…
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February 8

Miserable new co-worker likes to share his many issues

Should colleagues tell him to lighten up?
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February 8

Ask Amy: Dad remarried, disinherited kids and now wants to make amends

Dear Amy: My mother died 10 years ago. My father, “Lucifer,” started dating “Rebecca” within a week of my mom’s funeral. After two years,…
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February 5

Ask Amy: Husband is anguished over wife's long-ago assault

Dear Amy: My wife and I have been married for 26 years and have raised two daughters. But I continue to struggle with an…
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February 2

Ask Amy: Landlord husband has become way too handy

Dear Amy: My husband and I have been married for 40 years. He owns rental property, and last year a married woman moved into…
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February 2

What if cruise-ship dining companions want to put politics on menu?

They want a vacation from politics, but the thought of dining with strangers is stressing them out.
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January 29

Ask Amy: Out-of-wedlock pregnancy discovered – 37 years later.

Dear Amy: I got pregnant 37 years ago. The father and I were in our 20s and engaged to be married, but he dumped…
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January 26

Ask Amy: Partner wants musician to abandon his 'childish fantasy'

Dear Amy: I have been with my boyfriend for more than six months, and I want to spend my life with him. I make…
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January 26

Present tense: How should you handle a regifted gift?

You don't want it, either, so now what?
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January 22

Ask Amy: Family wonders how to embrace transgender member

Dear Amy: I am one of six adult siblings. We gather once or twice a year to stay connected and catch up. My brother…
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January 19

Ask Amy: This 'Mr.' wonders how to become 'Grandpa'

Dear Amy: I have three grandchildren who address me as “Mr.,” and not as “Grandpa.” Although it is true that I was not in…
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January 19

Feeling lots of stress over carts all over the parking lot?

Here's some helpful parking lot etiquette.
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January 12

Ask Amy: Grandmother wants to 'school' son and wife

Dear Amy: My husband and I went to visit our oldest son and his wife. They have three children, ages 6, 9 and 11.…
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January 8

Ask Amy: Wife wonders why gift-giving is her job

Dear Amy: My husband and I have been married for four years. Even before tying the knot, his family always contacted me regarding details…
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January 5

Ask Amy: Friend wants to intervene with overweight kids

Dear Amy: My wife and I are friendly with a couple who have two young children. Both of these adults are seriously overweight. The…
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December 29, 2017

Ask Amy: Man who fathered child years ago fears being discovered

Dear Amy: I am a male in my early 70s. I made a terrible mistake when I was 16: I got my girlfriend (also…
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December 29, 2017

Hax: No need to tiptoe around conversation with boyfriend

Adapted from a recent online discussion.   Dear Carolyn: After three months of dating, my boyfriend got a job in another city. It’s less than…
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December 29, 2017

Ask Amy: 'Cat ladies' prefer cats to family members

Dear Amy: My sister-in-law says she is very allergic to cats. She lives six hours away from my mom. My sister and I have…
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December 28, 2017

Slacker co-worker takes credit for team's work

Should put-upon worker tell the boss what's up?
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December 22, 2017

Couple's bickering is making friends uncomfortable

What to do when a night out feels like couples therapy.
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December 22, 2017

Ask Amy: Family's absence hurtful after husband's death

Dear Amy: My husband died about four years ago, two days before his 50th birthday, from a very aggressive form of blood cancer. It…
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December 18, 2017

Ask Amy: Future in-laws want their fair share of holidays

Dear Amy: Our son and his girlfriend are approaching engagement. They live in the same city we live in. The subject came up as…
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December 15, 2017

Tantrum-throwing kids turn fine dining into fine whining

What to do about disruptive children in nice restaurants.
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