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Amy Dickinson

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Ask Amy: Man's partner has intimate relationship with another man

Dear Amy: For the past two years I have been in love with a wonderful woman. When we met she explained that she was…

Ask Amy: Seriously ill mother also copes with tough teen

Dear Amy: I've been dealing with epilepsy more than 20 years. Several tests by my neurologist mark me as a good candidate for surgery.…

Ask Amy: Stepdad wants to give tenant the boot

Dear Amy: My wife's daughter, 26, has lived with us for the past five years. She pays rent of $400, including everything. Her boyfriend…

Ask Amy: Friend's dominance is discussed in therapy

Dear Amy: I am a woman in my late 60s who has had a friend for more than 40 years. Many years ago I…

Ask Amy: Adult adoptee is handed birth file. Now what?

Dear Amy: I am 43 years old and was adopted at birth. I had the usual curiosities about my biological parents growing up, but…

Ask Amy: Why are parents of sons in second place?

Dear Amy: Why is it that having male children puts us in second place? I have three sons and get very sad when it…

Ask Amy: Son turns 21 and throws a party for the ages

Dear Amy: My stepson recently turned 21. Because he has friends who are minors, his mother warned him about the responsibilities involving the use…

Ask Amy: Co-worker's emotional affair interferes with perfect marriage

Dear Amy: I thought I had the perfect marriage until I met "Brian" three years ago.I instantly felt a connection and attraction to him.…

Ask Amy: Friendship 'freeze-out' after years of insults, childishness

Dear Amy: My husband and I decided to end a 25-year couple friendship after many years of putting up with the wife’s veiled, and…

Ask Amy: Hardworking husband doesn't work on marriage

Dear Amy: For much of our marriage (25-plus years), my husband worked 60-plus hours per week. While I admired his work ethic, it came…

Ask Amy: Abusive father now insists that daughter apologize

Dear Amy: My parents got divorced when I was a toddler. My father was very abusive — verbally and physically — so I did…

Ask Amy: Woman from abusive family finds same with husband

Dear Amy: I’ve been married for almost 20 years to a man who I think is a good person and a good provider. When…

Ask Amy: Husband struggles to navigate tricky family dynamic

Dear Amy: My mother has made my wife's life difficult — with poor comments and decisions, and by not respecting my wife as the…

Ask Amy: Teen son is abandoned by friends; can dad help?

Dear Amy: My 15-year-old son had numerous friends, but in the past year all of them have taken to drinking (vodka) and smoking pot.…

Ask Amy: Mother worries that daughter is a self-absorbed jerk

Dear Amy: I am the mother of 21- and 19-year-old daughters. They are both in very self-absorbed stages — the older more than the…

Ask Amy: Son and girlfriend filched material; what's a mother to do?

Dear Amy: My dear adult son (in his 30s) recently invited me to meet his new girlfriend of two months. He seems to be…

Ask Amy: Getting a Ph.D. was easy, compared with dealing with Mom

Dear Amy: I am a 27-year-old recent Ph.D. graduate who has moved back into my parents' home (hopefully temporarily) and looking for my first…

Ask Amy: Teen girl is ready to have a baby, but is her guy?

Dear Amy: I've been seeing this boy. We've hit it off very well, right from the beginning.We have been dating for six months, and…

Ask Amy: Technological glitch leads to missed connection

Dear Amy: I am one of the blessed millennials who has a job I love. This job happens to involve a great deal of…

Ask Amy: Woman feels betrayed when friend dates her ex

Dear Amy: I broke up with my boyfriend of three years a few months ago.I thought we were working on things and were going…

Ask Amy: Readers respond to an engagement ultimatum

Dear Readers: A recent letter from "Wannabe Fiancee" described a familiar situation. She had lived with her boyfriend for five years, and despite dropping…

Ask Amy: Husband's cancer leads friends to suggest miracle cures

Dear Amy: My husband was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer last fall. He has been on chemotherapy, but two regimens have ceased to…

Ask Amy: Gay teen wants to come out in time for prom

Dear Amy: I am 17 years old and a lesbian. I'm trying to figure out how to come out to my family, or at…

Ask Amy: Sisters crush one another by not 'being there'

Dear Amy: I have three sisters. We have no brothers. We are all over 60.In 2013 and 2014, two of my brothers-in-law died and…

Ask Amy: For this student, 'wife me' equals 'beer me'

Dear Amy: I am a college student. I have had one serious boyfriend. We broke up at the beginning of this year, and I…

Ask Amy: Teen daughter wants some dime to pay for ink

Dear Amy: Our daughter is a bright, talented 19-year-old who has already gotten four small tattoos, several ear piercings and a nose ring. You…

Ask Amy: Married man is being blackmailed by former lover

Dear Amy: I'm an older man, married for a number of years. Not a "terrific" marriage, but I've lived it so long I'm just…

Ask Amy: Woman in relationship competes with 'sugar mama'

Dear Amy: We first met when I was 14 and he was 16, but when we reconnected we were both married to other people,…

Ask Amy: Single mom struggles with imminent empty nest

Dear Amy: I am a single mother of a 17-year-old son in his last year of high school. He is an only child. I…

Ask Amy: Lonely divorced woman wants to get a life

Dear Amy: I'm a middle-aged woman with no life!I was never a very social person, and my ex-husband wasn't the friendly type (we've been…

She doesn't need to be 'healed'

Dear Amy: I'm in my 30s and use a wheelchair as a result of a congenital disability. I was sitting outside a cafe when…

Ask Amy: Man moves in with his boyfriend, is only offered the 'closet'

Dear Amy: My boyfriend and I (we are gay) have been together for three years.I used to travel for work, and he hated it.…

Ask Amy: Middle-aged man wants his mother to pay for his wedding

Dear Amy: My brother, who is over 45, has become engaged to his boyfriend of four years. They are planning an extravagant wedding and…

Ask Amy: Real woman competes with porn for attention

Dear Amy: I have been dating my boyfriend for almost seven months. We have had our ups and many, many downs, but we are…

Ask Amy: Alcoholic wants family to host no-alcohol events

Dear Amy: I am an alcoholic in remission. I am not recovering — I have a disease that I fight daily. For almost 17…

Ask Amy: Stressed teacher wonders about exiting profession

Dear Amy: I’m a 27-year-old teacher of remedial English at a high-needs urban high school. I’m in my second year, and this job has…

Ask Amy: Adopted teen heartbroken by search for birth mother

Dear Amy: I am a teenager and I am adopted. I was raised knowing that I'm adopted, but not knowing the full identity of…

Ask Amy: Different takes on the unkempt look for men

Dear Readers: I've stepped away from my column while writing my new book, which is scheduled to be published in the fall. Enjoy these…

Ask Amy: Worries about office life

Dear Readers: I have stepped away from my daily column while I work on my next book, a memoir, which is scheduled to be…

Ask Amy: Mother controls couple's social life

Dear Readers: Please enjoy this topical "Best Of" column while I am away writing my next book. Today's topic is about boundaries.Dear Amy:…

Ask Amy: Barista ponders rude customers

Dear readers: I have stepped away from my column for two weeks to finish writing my next book. I hope you'll enjoy these topical…

Ask Amy: Friends, lovers and lots of drama

Dear Readers: I have stepped away from my daily column for two weeks to finish writing my next book, which is due to be…

Ask Amy: Wedding questions

Dear readers: I have stepped away from my column for two weeks to finish writing my next book. I hope you'll enjoy these topical…

Ask Amy: Awkward descriptions

Dear readers: I have stepped away from my column for two weeks to finish writing my next book. I hope you'll enjoy these topical…

Ask Amy: Young love has its ups and downs

Dear Readers: I have stepped away from my daily column for two weeks to finish writing my next book. I hope you'll enjoy these…

Ask Amy: Is this family obligated to celebrate milestone birthday?

Dear Amy: My in-laws are hosting a birthday party for my husband's grandfather. He is turning 90. The party is 200 miles away. My…

Ask Amy: Reader wonders why parents with visitation fade away

Dear Amy: Please help me to understand why it seems so common that after a divorce, the parent with visitation will allow themselves to…

Ask Amy: Grandma worries grandson looks like a granddaughter

Dear Amy: My youngest grandson, "Jamie," is 3 years old. He and his family live out of state, so we only see him two…

Ask Amy: Mom's boyfriend causes strain during visits

Dear Amy: My mother and I have lived halfway across the country from each other for over 20 years. I enjoy spending time with…

Ask Amy: Cousin confab turns into drunken debacle

Dear Amy: During the holidays, our cousins invited my brother, sister and me (along with our spouses and families) to her home for dinner.…

Ask Amy: Woman wonders how to get her guy to help at home

Dear Amy: I recently started a new higher-paying job that I love. I work one 48-hour shift and then pick up extra hours to…

Ask Amy: Parents punish child for reporting unwanted touching

Dear Amy: Recently a 10-year-old reported to me that her friend's daddy had slapped her on her bottom twice and also held her in…

Ask Amy: Childless man learns he might be a dad

Dear Amy: When I was in my late 20s in the 1990s, I dated a woman for several months before I broke it off.A…

Ask Amy: Married woman fantasizes about woman at gym

Dear Amy: I am married to a wonderful man, but recently started obsessing over a woman I see at my gym.I hate myself for…

Ask Amy: He married a single mom and now wants out

Dear Amy: I married a single mom. Now that I am in the thick of it, I want out.I grew up an orphan, so…

Ask Amy: Abused husband wants to win wife back

Dear Amy: My wife and I met when we were 20. We've been married for 15 years. We have two wonderful young children. Our…

Ask Amy: Her lovely daughter is overweight; what's a mom to do?

Dear Amy: My 18-year-old daughter is beautiful and very smart. She is going to her dream college. My concern is that she has gained…

Ask Amy: Artist copes with unsolicited artless advice

Dear Amy: I'm an artist hoping to get a career as an illustrator. I graduated with an art degree three years ago and have…

Ask Amy: Mother struggles with daughter's weight

Dear Amy: My daughter was extremely active in high school. When she went to college, she decided not to play any sports at all.After…

Ask Amy: Long-ago love now seems like unhinged stalker

Dear Amy: When I was in high school, many years ago, I dated "Jack." He is a few years older than me. Apparently Jack…

Ask Amy: Constant cousin comparisons causing damage

Dear Amy: My daughter, “Ally,” and my husband’s sister’s children, “Abe and Gretchen,” are all teenagers. While my family relocated away from our Midwestern…

Ask Amy: Husband worries that weighty wife won't diet

Dear Amy: I love my wife. She is 5 feet 3 and weighs 200 pounds. When we married 35 years ago, she weighed 125…

Ask Amy: Woman groped at party is conflicted about reaction

Dear Amy: I am a 62-year-old woman who, along with my husband, went to a party at a friends’ house. I have known this…

Ask Amy: Grieving daughter wants to cut off mother

Dear Amy: When you tell someone, "Please, give me time to get myself strong before you ask for support," and they don't listen, what…

Ask Amy: Girlfriend wants to ditch the guy, keep his friends

Dear Amy: I am 58, and my boyfriend of two years (who I once loved) thinks a great date is to take me to…

Ask Amy: Thank maid of honor for shower despite drunken wedding spree?

Dear Amy: I was recently married, and my maid of honor threw me a bridal shower. At the wedding, she proceeded to drink too…

Ask Amy: Granddaughter wonders how to handle mean grammy

Dear Amy: I'm a 36-year-old woman who is lucky enough to have a large and wonderful family — with one exception: my 85-year-old grandmother,…

Ask Amy: Young couple encounter Christmas circus

Dear Amy: I can't really complain — my new husband and I both have very loving families, whom we are both close with —…

Ask Amy: Bitter breakup sours ex to funding funeral

Dear Amy: I dated a gal for over a year when we were in college. She eventually dumped me, saying, "You cannot afford the…

Ask Amy: Professionally, it's best to protect for the downside

Dear Amy: I've been in the professional world for a little over two years. I work in a fairly small town as a midlevel…

Ask Amy: Rules don't seem to faze these neighbors

Dear Amy: We live in a townhouse development. The house adjoining ours is owned by a retired man (who lives nearby) and is occupied…

Ask Amy: Should she warn future partners about abusive ex?

Dear Amy: About three months ago, I got out of an abusive relationship. My ex attempted to kill me and made threats on my…

Ask Amy: Three's no longer a crowd: Polyamory hires a press agent

Dear Amy: I recently learned that a relative, a young woman in her 20s, is involved in a polyamorous relationship — a ménage à…

Ask Amy: Assistant worries bad marriage is bad for business

Dear Amy: I work as a personal organizer/assistant for a home business. The owners are a married couple who I respect and enjoy working…

Ask Amy: Overgrown college bro overstays his welcome

Dear Amy: Several years ago, "Steve," a college acquaintance of my husband's, made contact with us after many years, asking if his daughter "Mandy"…
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