Dear Abby

Dear Abby by Abigail Van Buren

December 21, 2014

Commercialization Puts Santa Atop Woman's Naughty List

DEAR ABBY: I have decided that when I have kids I don't want to do the whole "Santa" thing. I'd rather tell them about the real St. Nicholas and what it means to give rather than to receive. Even though I'm not religious, I'll tell them about the birth of Jesus (even though he wasn't born in... continue

December 20, 2014

Depression Could Be Driving Teenage Girl to Cut Herself

DEAR ABBY: I'm a 15-year-old girl. For the past year I have been self-injuring. I take a sharp object and scrape the skin off until it bleeds. My mom saw the scars on my arm. I have 15 other ones, but she doesn't know about them. I have to keep lying to her and it hurts. I want to stop, but I can't.... continue

December 19, 2014

Daughter Refuses to Open Door to Mom's New Beau

DEAR ABBY: I have been divorced for more than a year and recently started dating a very nice man, "John." My eldest daughter and her children live with me. I'd like to be able to invite John over to our house, but my daughter doesn't want "strange men" around her kids, which I understand. I... continue

December 18, 2014

Open Adoption Could Help Grandmother Stay in Touch

DEAR ABBY: I am writing this in response to "Un-Grandparent in Ohio" (Aug. 25), whose pregnant teenage daughter has decided to place her baby for adoption. My daughter and son-in-law adopted their newborn daughter in an open adoption. Each summer the adoption agency sponsors a picnic that is attended... continue

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