Generational drama!

Dear Amy: My husband has two siblings and several nieces and nephews. His brother’s daughter — our niece — is pregnant, and everyone is genuinely excited about the baby. Our issue is that a few years ago my very generous and kind father-in-law (her grandfather) gave her funds to attend college. We don’t know howContinue reading “Generational drama!”

Oh, Annie Lane! Give it up and quit while you’re ahead.

Dear Annie: This is in response to “Regretful Mom,” who says she was a neglectful mother and her adult children cut her out of their lives. Depression is a very serious problem, but can be overcome with self-reflection and a determination that life can be more joyful and happy. Brain chemistry can be changed withContinue reading “Oh, Annie Lane! Give it up and quit while you’re ahead.”

I have lived it!

Dear Amy: I come from a very judgmental family, and I’m wondering how to break the awful habits I learned. Growing up, we’d often be driving home from family events and my parents would bad-mouth the relatives we had just seen. This affected me, even if their criticism was sometimes justified. As adults, my boyfriendContinue reading “I have lived it!”

Exposed to unhealthy eating and family photos.

Dear Amy: I recently decided to move back in with my mom and younger sister for the remainder of the pandemic. The problem is that I find myself thinking extremely unkind things about them, because both of them are overweight. I find myself thinking almost obsessively about how gross I find their bodies and feelingContinue reading “Exposed to unhealthy eating and family photos.”

Please excuse me. I’m sexually acting out.

Dear Amy: Recently, I noticed that the 13-year-old daughter of some close friends has been posting sexually provocative photos of herself on Instagram. This is a public account, and strange men make sexual comments on her posts. She responds with lewd remarks that couldn’t be printed in a family newspaper. I find it alarming, andContinue reading “Please excuse me. I’m sexually acting out.”

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