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Annie’s Mailbox: Handyman hubby needs backbone

Dear Annie: My husband seems to be the “go to” guy in his family. He used to do carpentry work, and now his three siblings call on him for all …


Annie’s Mailbox: Ask husband to get a checkup

Dear Annie: My husband’s self-esteem is so low these days that he blames himself for everything. Last week, I was having hot flashes that kept me awake so I slept …


Annie’s Mailbox: Tell boss actions hurting morale

Dear Annie: I work for a family company and am grateful to have a job in this economy. But while we employees have had benefits drastically cut, the owners have …


Annie’s Mailbox: Tell sons budget not what it used to be

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been together for more than 20 years. This is my second marriage. “Tony” has been a wonderful stepfather to my sons. All three …


Annie’s Mailbox: Snubbing him would be justified

Dear Annie: I have been married to the perfect woman for 13 years. If I had to order a wife, it would be her. We have wonderful, healthy kids, and …


Annie’s Mailbox: No more nudity in front of boys

Dear Annie: I am the father of two sons, 7 and 11. At what point do you stop dressing or being naked in front of your children? I come from …


Annie’s Mailbox: Fiance not ready for commitment

Dear Annie: After being a widow for four years, I recently became engaged to “Dennis,” a wonderful man who lost his wife two years ago. They had been married 42 …


Annie’s Mailbox: Domestic violence complex issue

Dear Annie: A young co-worker came into the office last week with a horrible black eye. Her boyfriend had punched her in front of her young children and some of …


Annie’s Mailbox: As longtime friend, lend ear to her woes

Dear Annie: My husband and I are both military. Recently, two of our oldest friends (also military) announced that they are splitting. “Emily” was cheating on “Roger” while she was …


Annie’s Mailbox: Betrayed trust may never heal

Dear Annie: I am 26 years old, and earlier this year I met the man of my dreams. “Stu” is wonderful and caring. However, I made a big mistake. Recently, …


Annie’s Mailbox: Support husband – not his parents

Dear Annie: My husband, “Sam,” grew up in a family that was physically abusive. In order to escape, he joined the military after high school. We live far away from …


Annie’s Mailbox: Talk to son about wife’s stealing

Dear Annie: My son and daughter-in-law are both in their 30s. They have college degrees and good jobs. However, every time they come to visit, I discover things are missing. …


Annie’s Mailbox: Hello?! You’re being betrayed

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 15 years. We’ve been friends with “Ted and Jane” for almost 20. We used to get together for dinner and …


Annie’s Mailbox: Deadbeat nephew not your problem

Dear Annie: My nephew “Ken” is 29 years old, a high-school graduate and still lives at home with his mother – along with his pit bull that his mother reluctantly …


Annie’s Mailbox: Hard to hear of 30-year-old affair

Dear Annie: I’m a 61-year-old man, married for 42 years, with a great family. I thought I had it all. Recently, my wife told me about an affair she had …


Annie’s Mailbox: Anger at parents’ breakup normal

Dear Annie: My parents are going through a divorce. I have a lot of anger toward my dad because he packed up and left us while Mom and I were …


Annie’s Mailbox: Offer support to son, grandson

Dear Annie: Our oldest son married a beautiful woman from another culture, who then became pregnant with our only grandson, “Seth.” We were warned that “Zelda” was a gold digger …


Annie’s Mailbox: Don’t accept in-laws’ guilt trip

Dear Annie: I live 15 minutes away from my in-laws and see them often with my wife and children. The problem is, when my own family visits from across the …


Annie’s Mailbox: You, hubby must make united front

Dear Annie: I recently remarried, and my husband and I are in the process of moving our families into a beautiful new home. I have an 8-year-old daughter, and “Brett” …


Annie’s Mailbox: Comments about infertility hurtful

Dear Annie: I am in my early 30s and happily married. My husband and I have been trying to conceive for four years. We achieved pregnancy once, which resulted in …


Annie’s Mailbox: Adult daughter’s long-distance romance is OK

Dear Annie: My 19-year-old daughter has been “dating” a nice young man for three years. The problem is, he moved with his parents to another state two years ago. Initially, …


Annie’s Mailbox: Time to break up then take a break

Dear Annie: I am a college student and have been dating a nice guy for almost a year. Unfortunately, “Cody” is more into our relationship than I am. I have …


Annie’s Mailbox: It’s kind to RSVP and keep your word

Dear Annie: Why is it that so many guests either don’t know what RSVP means or respond affirmatively and then don’t show up? My daughter planned a lovely wedding. Thirteen …


Annie’s Mailbox: Readers share tips, advice about IBS

Dear Annie: I’d like to respond to “At the End of My Rope,” who has severe irritable bowel syndrome. If her medications are not working, perhaps she has been misdiagnosed. …


Annie’s Mailbox: Share concerns about dad’s dating

Dear Annie: My mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer three years ago, and she recently passed away. She was a wonderful woman, and she and my father had a loving …


Annie’s Mailbox: Insecure mate needs ongoing therapy

Dear Annie: I have been married to my second husband for six years. While we were dating, he was romantic, thoughtful, caring, hardworking – everything I was looking for. I …


Annie’s Mailbox: Forgive roomies’ seeming slight

Dear Annie: I am going to be a junior in college next year. I’ll be sharing an apartment with three of my closest friends. One, “Susan,” lives only 20 minutes …


Annie’s Mailbox: Cheating wife behaving foolishly

Dear Annie: My wife and I have been together since high school. We have been married 17 years and have two boys, one 20 and the other 14. One night, …


Annie’s Mailbox: Stepmom-to-be may be abuser

Dear Annie: My brother’s wife died two years ago while giving birth to her youngest daughter. She was a terrific woman and a great mother. She left behind two other …


Annie’s Mailbox: Teen’s beau may be potential abuser

Dear Annie: My 14-year-old daughter, “Sara,” thinks she’s in love with a controlling boyfriend who is two years older. In the past six months, she’s become a different child. She …