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Annie’s Mailbox: Make peace in neutral ways

Dear Annie: How do you deal with a married 40-year-old daughter with two children who is so jealous of her brothers that she causes family rifts? Right now, “Claire” isn’t …


Annie’s Mailbox: Call airline before daughter departs

Dear Annie: My wife decided to offer our young teenage daughter a trip to Japan because a friend of ours moved there last summer. Our daughter would stay for a …


Annie’s Mailbox: Marital tension hurting the kids

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Tom” for five years. We had a shaky start, and now it is just horrible. Tom makes decisions for his own benefit, his …


Annie’s Mailbox: Seek compromise with husband

Dear Annie: I remarried two years ago and am very happy with my new husband. I have several children from my first marriage, ranging in age from 17 to 27. …


Annie’s Mailbox: Share only your Internet concerns

Dear Annie: My son’s friend “Josh” confided to their group that he is gay. Josh’s parents are pretty strict and often comment that they have to keep an eye on …


Annie’s Mailbox: You cannot fix daughter’s life

Dear Annie: My daughter and her children live in a small home with three dogs and three cats. She doesn’t work, and her husband has been on disability leave for …


Annie’s Mailbox: Inexperience is not a dealbreaker

Dear Annie: I am a 24-year-old female and a virgin, not because of any moral objections, but because I have had a hormone deficiency since I hit puberty. I know …


Annie’s Mailbox: Friends may not like each other

Dear Annie: For almost a year, we have been planning a winter vacation with a few good friends. We only wanted to be with three other couples. We suggested the …


Annie’s Mailbox: Inform member she’s being ousted

Dear Annie: I get together once or twice a year with a group of girlfriends I’ve known since high school. We are at our wits’ end with one I will …


Annie’s Mailbox: No grandparents OK for daughter

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married 14 years and have four children. My mother-in-law always pitted his two sisters against each other to try to make them …


Annie’s Mailbox: Change in dosage, exercise can help

Dear Annie: I am a 16-year-old girl who still wets the bed. I have tried everything from wearing an alarm to taking medication. I am now on a prescription that …


Annie’s Mailbox: Don’t leave guests to show home

Dear Annie: We recently hosted a barbecue for our son’s 18th birthday. We invited members of his sports team and their parents, along with a few other friends. Over the …


Annie’s Mailbox: Don’t give up on being mom to kids

Dear Annie: I am an addict in recovery. I moved out of state three years ago when I was seeking treatment and completed my program 15 months ago. I have …


Annie’s Mailbox: 11-year-olds don’t send greeting cards

Dear Annie: My step-granddaughter, who is almost 11 years old, never calls her grandfather or me unless told to. “Bridget” is an only child of divorce. She has not seen …


Annie’s Mailbox: Tell doctor about gossiper on staff

Dear Annie: A woman I know works at my former doctor’s clinic in a low-level position. A friend recently told me this woman repeats everything that is in the medical …


Annie’s Mailbox: Studies find horror not good for kids

Dear Annie: I am so frustrated with my husband. We have four children under the age of 8. He actually encourages them to watch scary movies and play violent video …


Annie’s Mailbox: Tell close friends of gift preference

Dear Annie: My fiance and I are getting married in June. We are in our 40s, and it’s not the first wedding for either of us. I am laid off …


Annie’s Mailbox: Don’t put yourself out for friend

Dear Annie: My friend “Lucy” was like a sister to me. She doesn’t drive, so I took her to all her hair appointments, doctor’s visits, shopping, etc. She hated bad …


Annie’s Mailbox: States should help ex-offenders

Dear Annie: Thank you for printing the letter from “Concerned Aunt,” whose nephew is an ex-offender looking for work. The United States locks up a larger percent of its population …


Annie’s Mailbox: Develop your own reputation

Dear Annie: My husband is an amazing man. He is selfless and has uncompromising integrity. He is well-known and well-respected in our small community. I am proud to be his …


Annie’s Mailbox: Your boyfriend is gay; romance over

Dear Annie: My boyfriend and I are in a long-distance relationship because he’s at college, 2,000 miles away. We’ve been together for two years. At first, everything was fine, but …


Annie’s Mailbox: Talk to estranged dad with a friend

Dear Annie: I have an elderly father with a bunch of serious medical problems. We’ve never had a close relationship. I suspect he could pass away soon, and I would …


Annie’s Mailbox: Make effort to get out more, be social

Dear Annie: I am very antisocial. I don’t go to parties as often as most teens, I hardly ever invite friends over, and the few friends I do have no …


Annie’s Mailbox: Woman’s claim could ruin lives

Dear Annie: My old roommate from college is beginning to cause a huge problem. “Sandy” was promiscuous in school, and there were many nights I crashed on a neighbor’s couch …


Annie’s Mailbox: Ask co-workers to choose new place

Dear Annie: I am a recovering alcoholic with six months’ sobriety. Recently, I was hired at a new company. The job is everything I dreamed of, and my bosses and …


Annie’s Mailbox: Maybe marriage too confining for him

Dear Annie: I have never been married, but would love to be. I have been with my boyfriend for nine years, and we have two children. We live together, share …


Annie’s Mailbox: Mother’s right: Don’t chase him

Dear Annie: I’m a 14-year-old girl who is having relationship problems. My new boyfriend and I just hooked up over the weekend. “Carter” and I go to church together, and …


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 …