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Annie’s Mailbox: Daughter too old to sit on dad’s lap

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Vic” for 22 years. Our marriage is solid. We have an 18-year-old daughter, “Kara,” who is totally in love with her father. Vic …


Annie’s Mailbox: Do you trust him to flirt online only?

Dear Annie: A few weeks ago, I discovered that my husband had sent a mildly flirtatious e-mail to a female acquaintance. When I confronted him, he admitted he found her …


Let ex-friendships gently fizzle out

Dear Annie: Five years ago, my husband and I lost our business. In an effort to keep it going, he did some illegal things and spent six months in prison. …


Annie’s Mailbox: Time to say ‘no’ to mom, siblings

Dear Annie: I am sick and tired of my mother expecting me to fix everything. When my siblings get in financial trouble, she expects me to bail them out because …


Annie’s Mailbox: Man fears losing kids in divorce

Dear Annie: How do I talk to my adult children about divorcing their mother? I’ve been a good father and tried hard to be a good husband, but I knew …


Annie’s Mailbox: Show support for mother-abused husband

Dear Annie: I have been married to my true love for 16 years. “Daniel” is a wonderful husband, a fantastic father to our three boys, a generous and successful businessman …


Annie’s Mailbox: Ask for help with thank-you cards

Dear Annie: I lost my only daughter in a terrible car accident two weeks ago. My friends and family were so supportive. I received many flowers, cards, food and even …


Annie’s Mailbox: Talk to siblings about Mom’s care

Dear Annie: After a botched operation left her bedridden for months, my mother has to relearn to walk. My father, a loving but controlling person, didn’t want to put her …


Annie’s Mailbox: Gently encourage her to report rape

Dear Annie: I am 16 years old, and my friend “Kelly” is 17. Last week, Kelly went to a party where there was alcohol. She got a little drunk and …


Annie’s Mailbox: Husband shows signs of despair

Dear Annie: I need to know how to deal with my husband’s loss of emotion. He is in his late 50s, and I am in my mid-40s. He used to …


Annie’s Mailbox: Tell her to lighten up on comments

Dear Annie: I am a 27-year-old woman who, until recently, was happy and secure. Out of the blue, my husband of two years decided he did not want to be …


Annie’s Mailbox: No gift for second bridal shower

Dear Annie: My niece was married in a big wedding several years ago. They divorced after two years, and she was soon living with someone else. She’s been with the …


Annie’s Mailbox: Children focused on themselves

Dear Annie: I am blessed with three grown children, all with wonderful children of their own. This sounds ideal, but I can’t talk to them. I’m either boring them with …


Annie’s Mailbox: Online affair major threat to marriage

Dear Annie: I’ve been married to “Craig” for 38 years, and for the past 10, we haven’t had much of a sexual relationship due to his erectile dysfunction and various …


Annie’s Mailbox: Sex while you’re sleeping is assault

Dear Annie: Is it OK for a husband to have sex with his unconscious wife? I am a very deep sleeper. I went to bed with my pajamas on but …


Annie’s Mailbox: Try therapy to discover intimacy

Dear Annie: My husband, “Danny,” and I have been married for 37 years. We raised two daughters, who are now married with children of their own. As far as my …


Annie’s Mailbox: Give her family chance to change

Dear Annie: I’ve been in an off-and-on relationship with “Denise” for seven years. We were high school sweethearts and attended the same college. A lot of the strain on our …


Annie’s Mailbox: Farmer too busy for wife, family

Dear Annie: I have been married to “Tom,” a successful farmer, for seven years. We both have children from previous marriages, three of whom work here, and my youngest son …


Annie’s Mailbox: Bi or gay, hubby unlikely to change

Dear Annie: My husband, “Jonas,” and I own a small antique store that we have successfully operated for five years. We have no kids and have always been very close. …


Dear Annie: Few friendships can overcome unrequited love

Dear Annie: I have two friends I will call “Tom” and “Jack.” All three of us have been friends since high school. Tom and Jack were like brothers long before …


Annie’s Mailbox: Urge counseling to troubled couple

Dear Annie: I live in a close-knit neighborhood of eight young couples. Naturally, there is some gossip, so we feel personally involved in situations that may not be our business. …


Annie’s Mailbox: Affair changes view of mother

Dear Annie: I am in my early 20s and attending college. I recently found out that my mother had been having an off-and-on affair with a married man for years. …


Annie’s Mailbox: Online social life can hurt marriage

Dear Annie: My husband is on all of these Web sites – Classmates, Facebook and Reunion – trying to reconnect with old friends. But it seems he’s only connecting with …


Annie’s Mailbox: Hot-tub user naked to world

Dear Annie: I am 23 years old and a virgin. I have never seen a naked man in my life because I believe virginity should be kept until marriage. The …


Annie’s Mailbox: Be son’s guide, not his friend

Dear Annie: I have a 17-year-old son. Until three months ago, he was the best son a mother could ask for. He’s captain of the varsity baseball and golf teams, …


Annie’s Mailbox: Sad that son gives wife control

Dear Annie: My 29-year-old son and his wife have two young children. My oldest grandson and I were very close. I babysat, took him swimming, to the park and the …


Annie’s Mailbox: If not interested, say it, mean it

Dear Carolyn: I have rejected this guy (first nicely, now firmly) for weeks. He always says “I’ll change your mind someday” and insists on touching me and making me his …


Annie’s Mailbox: Cutting not healthy solution

Dear Annie: I am 13 years old and the oldest of four children. Lately, things have gone downhill for me. My schoolwork load is horrible, and my parents put me …


Annie’s Mailbox: Cheating sister needs therapy, not excuses

Dear Annie: My sister cheated on her husband and had an affair with a married man for several years. The man was separated from his wife at the time. My …


Annie’s Mailbox: New hubby’s debt now yours

Dear Annie: Two months ago, I married “Aiden” after more than a year of dating. He’s a loving husband and I am happy. The problem is, Aiden’s financial life is …