Dear Abby

Dear Abby by Abigail Van Buren

September 02, 2014

Using Mother Tongue Makes Family Conversation Difficult

DEAR ABBY: My son married an educated professional woman from another country. When their twins were born, my daughter-in-law immersed them in her native language so it would become their mother tongue. Although I understand and respect the benefits of being bilingual, this caused a lot of communication gaps and frustration... continue

September 01, 2014

Day Care Operator Needs a Timeout for Her Mouth

DEAR ABBY: My neighbor has a registered day care business, and every day I hear her screaming at young children and infants. They are all 4-year-olds and younger. We live in a rural area outside a small town. She uses profanity and says mean things to them. It makes me want to cry when I think of how scared those kids must... continue

August 31, 2014

After a Loved One's Passing, Grief Can Outlast the Support

DEAR ABBY: My neighbor was very ill with diabetes and an amputee with other health problems. Her husband worked long hours to pay for her health care and keep food on the table. They also had custody of a 3-year-old granddaughter. I'm sorry to say this idea didn't occur to me until after the lady died... continue

August 30, 2014

Shared Finances Are the Ties That Bind Man and His Mom

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 22-year-old college student. My boyfriend of seven years and I are engaged. Because we were high school sweethearts, we have watched each other grow into the people we are today. For the most part, I'm very proud of the person he has become. When I quit my full-time job to continue my... continue

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