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Dear Abby

Abigail Van Buren's daily relationship advice column.

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Dear Abby: We moved South and love it, but family can’t handle it

Couple’s adult children continually ask them to "come home."

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Dear Abby: Boyfriend kindly ordered flowers, but they arrived looking tattered

Woman tempted to tell him that the online delivery service let him down.

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Dear Abby: My boyfriend, married but separated, takes his time filing for divorce

Under the circumstances, his girlfriend of a year feels uncomfortable about meeting his son and family.

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Dear Abby: My parents’ mistake decades ago has cost me dearly

Man disabled as a teen considers confronting his elderly mother and father about why they didn’t sue the responsible party.

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Dear Abby: When my fiance gets mad, he gets really REALLY mad

At times of frustration, he screams and then sulks for hours.

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Dear Abby: White woman likes dating Latino man, but parents pessimistic

They see cultural differences that will be impossible to overcome and urge their daughter to end the relationship.

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Dear Abby: My mother, my fiancee ruin meals for me with their chain smoking

Both insist on lighting up three or four times between and after the courses.

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Dear Abby: Mom’s meddling thwarts a romance that could have been everlasting

After learning her mother scared off a suitor, woman has spent years wondering what could have been.

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Dear Abby: I’m hurt I wasn’t invited to weddings of my longtime friend’s sons

Should reader tell her friend of 52 years that being left out feels like a sucker punch?

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Dear Abby: For 30 years, man’s ashes have been destined for Hawaii

The deceased’s friends have held the remains all this time and now wonder how to fulfill his wishes at last.

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Dear Abby: Girlfriend crushed that I’ve remained friends with my ex

After seeing a guy who kept cheating on her, she’d prefer that her current man say goodbye to his former flame.

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Dear Abby: My husband sees his sister more than me and our kids

He yells at his wife when she questions his sibling relationship, which she considers weird.

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Dear Abby: Mom, siblings treat the youngest like an outsider, even as adults

The ‘surprise’ son now is grown up and married to a woman tired of seeing him mistreated by his family.

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Dear Abby: When GoFundMe money outlives the patient, use it to do good

Readers disagree with Abby’s suggestion that surviving family could keep the remaining cash.

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Dear Abby: Husband’s awful snoring leaves me fleeing to the couch

His mate is reluctant to tell the man he’d be quieter if he lost some weight.

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Dear Abby: For our wedding party, fiancee picks my former tormentor

Unbeknownst to the bride, the cousin she wants as a groomsman used to bully her future husband as a teen.

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Dear Abby: My wonderful, ailing neighbor refuses to see a doctor

Now that an arthritic knee is preventing the woman next door from leaving her house, the reader wants to encourage her to get care but doesn’t want to push her away.

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Dear Abby: Woman fears men will be turned off by her dentures

Will they still find her attractive after learning some of her teeth are false?

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Dear Abby: In 2020, here’s how to shed old habits, if only for a day

For starters, chase away the clouds in your mind and fill it with sunshine.

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Dear Abby: At wedding, friend is welcome, but not her secret paramour

The bride doesn’t want her close co-worker, in the midst of a divorce, to ‘debut’ the man she’s been seeing on the side.

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Dear Abby: Man died years ago, but my girlfriend keeps bringing him up

Widower wishes she would stop mentioning her platonic friend from long ago.

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Dear Abby: As widower prepares to remarry, his daughter abandons him

Man can’t see grandsons — or even their pictures — because their mom won’t answer Grandpa’s calls and blocks him on social media.

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Dear Abby: As bride’s dad gives the toast, groom’s mom gives the finger

Newlywed woman is worried about her future relationship with her mother-in-law, who refused to apologize for the rude gesture.

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Dear Abby: Husband proposes bringing in mistress as a second wife

His actual wife refuses but still has trouble dealing with the man’s affair of four years and his continuing contact with the other woman.

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Dear Abby: Some loved ones uncomfortable with my transgender parent

Couple wants to celebrate new baby but fears family members will decline rather than face the relative who transitioned.

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Dear Abby: My attempts at conversation come off as interrogation

Reader just wants to stimulate chitchat but turns off family and friends with persistent questions.

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Dear Abby: As dad pushes the swing too hard, boy screams in fear

The child’s mom considers leaving the man, who shoves her when she tries to stop the bullying.

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Dear Abby: My late mom’s cats, in new home, know what happiness is

Though they’re thriving under mother-in-law’s care, reader feels guilty for not taking in the kitties.

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Dear Abby: My lying, cheating, abusive ex won’t leave me alone

If he doesn’t back off, woman vows to tell everyone his dark secrets.

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Dear Abby: Alcoholic’s husband secretly monitors her spending, emails

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The best of Dear Abby: How to make it through the holidays

Dear Abby’s best advice for navigating the holiday season with friends and family.