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Many years ago, I was the victim of a violent assault that my then-11-year-old daughter witnessed.

By Abigail Van Buren June 28, 2022
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Our dear mother recently passed away after an extended illness.

By Abigail Van Buren June 28, 2022
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Recently, my oldest and dearest friend (since kindergarten) talked about renting a house in Puerto Rico for her family and mine.

By Abigail Van Buren June 25, 2022
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I am a divorced mother of two teenagers.

By Abigail Van Buren June 25, 2022
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My husband, who is 81 has just suggested that when we feel we can no longer live independent lives (I am 72), we should move closer to his daughter in another state so she and her husband can help us.

By Abigail Van Buren June 23, 2022
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I took a DNA test seven months ago.

By Abigail Van Buren June 23, 2022
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My husband was forced into sex at the age of 12 by an older female.

By Abigail Van Buren June 21, 2022
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I got pregnant at 15 and had my oldest daughter at 16.

By Abigail Van Buren June 21, 2022
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Two years ago, at a national conference, I bumped into a woman I had dated decades ago.

By Abigail Van Buren June 18, 2022
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When my sibling and I were 6 and 10, our parents sat us down and told us they were getting a divorce because Dad had an affair.

By Abigail Van Buren June 17, 2022
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I am engaged to be married, and I’m over-the-moon excited.

By Abigail Van Buren June 16, 2022
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My boyfriend, "Paul," and I have been together for 18 months.

By Abigail Van Buren June 16, 2022
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My daughter and her partner have two children, an 8-month-old and a 3-year-old.

By Abigail Van Buren June 11, 2022
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A few months ago, my daughter told me she was with her boyfriend at the local bowling alley and they were kissing and hugging.

By Abigail Van Buren June 11, 2022
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I am a 29-year-old woman in a healthy, loving relationship with my boyfriend of 2 1/2 years.

By Abigail Van Buren June 9, 2022
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My husband and I are in our 40s.

By Abigail Van Buren June 7, 2022
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I've been the stepfather of two girls for 18 years.

By Abigail Van Buren June 7, 2022
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My dad, who is nearing 80, has been married to my stepmom, "Ruth," for nearly 35 years.

By Abigail Van Buren June 3, 2022
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A couple of months ago, I moved from my mother’s into an apartment with a friend I had rekindled a high school friendship with a few years back.

By Abigail Van Buren June 2, 2022
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I'm a senior in high school, and I come from a family that is financially stable but unable to travel often due to time and money constraints.

By Abigail Van Buren May 31, 2022
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“Dana” has been my best friend since 1995.

By Abigail Van Buren May 28, 2022
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I'm a divorced woman, soon to be 60, who is often haunted by vivid memories of the past.

By Abigail Van Buren May 28, 2022
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I have a gay friend I’ll call “Allen.”

By Abigail Van Buren May 26, 2022
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One of my siblings was abused as a child.

By Abigail Van Buren May 26, 2022
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I’m about to get married to a wonderful woman.

By Abigail Van Buren May 24, 2022
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My husband of 20 years has had DUIs in the past.

By Abigail Van Buren May 24, 2022
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My husband’s job brings him a great deal of unhappiness, but he doesn’t want to quit.

By Abigail Van Buren May 21, 2022
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I am a freshman at a Midwestern university, and I love it.

By Abigail Van Buren May 21, 2022
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My husband is retired from the military and living with a mental illness caused by a traumatic brain injury.

By Abigail Van Buren May 19, 2022
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For a few years, I volunteered to tend to an elderly woman through a hospice organization.

By Abigail Van Buren May 17, 2022
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My parents divorced when I was 4. I’ve had a problem with insecurity and jealousy for as long as I can remember. I have two older sisters who are twins and a half-brother.

By Abigail Van Buren May 14, 2022
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My husband gets very upset when our 4-year-old sons don't share his enthusiasm over something that excites him.

By Abigail Van Buren May 14, 2022
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My sister and I have always been close.

By Abigail Van Buren May 12, 2022
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My daughter-in-law, "Brooke," lost her grandfather five weeks ago.

By Abigail Van Buren May 12, 2022
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I am widowed after 45 years of marriage.

By Abigail Van Buren May 10, 2022
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Last year my mother passed away after a 15-year battle with lung cancer.

By Abigail Van Buren May 7, 2022
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My adult son has a drug addiction, for which he is receiving treatment.

By Abigail Van Buren May 7, 2022
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I have a daughter, “Molly,” who is in her late 30s.

By Abigail Van Buren May 5, 2022
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I have a wonderful 12-year-old son, "Oliver," who was conceived during a date rape at a work party.

By Abigail Van Buren May 5, 2022
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A year ago, when I discovered my husband’s porn videos and naked pictures of his ex-girlfriends, he assured me he would delete them.

By Abigail Van Buren May 3, 2022
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I am a 58-year-old, never-married woman with a 22-year blue-collar career.

By Abigail Van Buren May 3, 2022
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A few months ago, I offered to help a longtime friend with some landscaping.

By Abigail Van Buren April 30, 2022
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My wife of 41 years passed away four years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren April 28, 2022
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My husband and I are expecting our second child.

By Abigail Van Buren April 26, 2022
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Because of frustration with our state's substantial COVID restrictions and our teen son's struggles with remote learning, we moved to another state.

By Abigail Van Buren April 26, 2022
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Several years ago, my parents betrayed my son and me.

By Abigail Van Buren April 23, 2022
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I've been married for 14 years and have two kids.

By Abigail Van Buren April 23, 2022
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A dear friend of many years is currently not speaking to me.

By Abigail Van Buren April 21, 2022
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I am an old man, married to a wonderful woman who does everything for me.

By Abigail Van Buren April 21, 2022
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I had weight-loss surgery three years ago and lost 134 pounds.

By Abigail Van Buren April 19, 2022
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I have been with my boyfriend for five years.

By Abigail Van Buren April 19, 2022
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I have a person in my life who I considered to be my best friend.

By Abigail Van Buren April 16, 2022
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My father, who has been a widower for 17 years, has been dating a woman on and off for 12 years, a couple years after my brother and I left for college.

By Abigail Van Buren April 16, 2022
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A friend of mine lost her husband a couple of years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren April 14, 2022
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My adult granddaughter, "Kaia," is in a relationship with "Jenny."

By Abigail Van Buren April 14, 2022
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The pandemic has put a strain on relationships.

By Abigail Van Buren April 12, 2022
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My husband passed away four months ago, after battling cancer for years.

By Abigail Van Buren April 9, 2022
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I'm in a seven-year relationship with a beautiful woman I love and would do anything in the world for.

By Abigail Van Buren April 8, 2022
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I reconnected with an old flame, “Ollie,” eight years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren April 7, 2022
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A dear friend I have known since we were children was murdered.

By Abigail Van Buren April 5, 2022
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I am a 50-year-old man, married for 25 years.

By Abigail Van Buren April 5, 2022
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I am a divorced single mother who has finally met someone.

By Abigail Van Buren April 2, 2022
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I once hosted a holiday dinner for which I had made a ham and a turkey with all the sides and three different pies.

April 1, 2022
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I am a 26-year-old man, and I'm currently incarcerated.

By Abigail Van Buren March 31, 2022
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I have been married to my husband for a little over three years.

By Abigail Van Buren March 29, 2022
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I have a daughter who married a less-than-capable provider because she was pregnant.

By Abigail Van Buren March 29, 2022
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I married my husband five years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren March 26, 2022
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I am being married to the love of my life.

By Abigail Van Buren March 25, 2022
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I have wanted to write you for years, but my ex-husband thought it was “ridiculous.”

By Abigail Van Buren March 24, 2022
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My boyfriend and I have gotten engaged and we are being married in a year or so.

By Abigail Van Buren March 24, 2022
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I’m concerned for my sister and her three young daughters.

By Abigail Van Buren March 22, 2022
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I have been dating "Brent" for four years.

By Abigail Van Buren March 22, 2022
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I have been married to my wonderful husband, “Alec,” for five years.

By Abigail Van Buren March 19, 2022
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My best friend of a few years, "Leia," and I are very close.

By Abigail Van Buren March 19, 2022
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My stepson “Ryan” is an active senior in high school.

By Abigail Van Buren March 17, 2022
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I have a girlfriend, "Dawn," who is one of my oldest friends.

By Abigail Van Buren March 17, 2022
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I am on hydrocodone for my back pain, and my wife keeps taking my medication because she says her back hurts.

By Abigail Van Buren March 15, 2022
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My wife and I share a common driveway with our neighbors.

By Abigail Van Buren March 15, 2022
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My first wife and I married in 1989, divorced in 1994 and eventually married others.

By Abigail Van Buren March 12, 2022
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I am blessed to have a wonderfully supportive family, which includes my and my husband's siblings.

By Abigail Van Buren March 12, 2022
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I refer to my husband as “the most single married man” I know.

By Abigail Van Buren March 10, 2022
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Our house burned down a year ago, and we lost everything.

By Abigail Van Buren March 10, 2022
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Thirty-two years ago I was seeing two different men.

March 8, 2022
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I'm a supervisor at my job and have feelings for a married man who also works here.

By Abigail Van Buren March 8, 2022
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My boyfriend has this bad habit when we meet new people.

March 5, 2022
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I have been married to "Arthur" for 50 years.

By Abigail Van Buren March 5, 2022
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My son just withdrew from college with a medical leave due to anxiety and depression.

By Abigail Van Buren March 3, 2022
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I'm conflicted about a relationship I have developed with a 77-year-old lady I'll call "Martha."

By Abigail Van Buren March 3, 2022
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I couldn't be happier for my friends who are embarking on the next chapter of their lives with their partners, but I'm becoming increasingly anxious about their bachelorette parties.

By Abigail Van Buren March 1, 2022
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My husband and I have been happily married for 23 years and have two children.

By Abigail Van Buren February 26, 2022
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I met my friend "Ashley" and her daughter three years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren February 26, 2022
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I am one of six adult siblings.

By Abigail Van Buren February 24, 2022
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I’m a teen girl having some trouble right now.

By Abigail Van Buren February 24, 2022
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I was married for 10 years before I found out my ex was living a double life – other women, children, etc.

By Abigail Van Buren February 22, 2022
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My best friend, "Sophie," just became engaged to her longtime boyfriend, "Brian."

By Abigail Van Buren February 22, 2022
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We have a close family, and we have helped our children with the down payments on their homes.

By Abigail Van Buren February 19, 2022
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My husband and I have had some crazy life swings since the beginning of the pandemic, mostly positive.

By Abigail Van Buren February 18, 2022
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I am the mother of three wonderful children.

By Abigail Van Buren February 17, 2022
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I have always been extremely close to my cousins; we even refer to ourselves as sisters.

By Abigail Van Buren February 17, 2022
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I have been with my husband for more than 30 years.

By Abigail Van Buren February 15, 2022
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My boyfriend, "Aaron," and I have been together almost 10 years.

By Abigail Van Buren February 15, 2022
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I have been married to “Duane” for 41 years.

By Abigail Van Buren February 12, 2022
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I'm married to a wonderful husband and I am a new mom to an 11-week-old beautiful baby boy.

By Abigail Van Buren February 11, 2022
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A year ago I discovered that I have a talent for creating a unique type of art which is marketable.

By Abigail Van Buren February 10, 2022
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For years my sister has been in a relationship with a man who treats her terribly.

By Abigail Van Buren February 10, 2022
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I recently Googled my brother-in-law to see if I could find his birthdate, which I had forgotten.

By Abigail Van Buren February 8, 2022
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My sister, who was a bright and cheerful star for everyone and anyone, was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

By Abigail Van Buren February 8, 2022
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I’ve been married to my husband, “Derrick,” for 32 years.

By Abigail Van Buren February 5, 2022
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I reconnected with my ex-husband, "Liam," a year ago, 16 years after our divorce.

By Abigail Van Buren February 4, 2022
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My wife and I have been married for 40 years.

By Abigail Van Buren February 3, 2022
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When a friend of mine "makes dinner" for invited guests, it's either takeout Chinese food or delivered pizza.

By Abigail Van Buren February 3, 2022
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My ex-wife and I were divorced seven years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren February 1, 2022
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My 55-year-old husband and I have been married more than 25 years.

By Abigail Van Buren February 1, 2022
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A friend recently moved back to his home state.

By Abigail Van Buren January 29, 2022
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Several years ago, my adult niece, with whom I am very close, found herself in some legal difficulties and needed an attorney.

By Abigail Van Buren January 29, 2022
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I’m in a new relationship with a man I have known for 30 years.

By Abigail Van Buren January 27, 2022
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My 38-year-old son is in jail for meth.

By Abigail Van Buren January 27, 2022
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My girlfriend and I have been together for a couple of months now.

By Abigail Van Buren January 25, 2022
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My grandson passed away three months before his daughter was born.

By Abigail Van Buren January 25, 2022
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My sister and I have a close but complicated relationship.

By Abigail Van Buren January 22, 2022
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I've been going out with this guy for a couple of months.

By Abigail Van Buren January 21, 2022
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During my teenage years, I was repeatedly raped by my brother.

By Abigail Van Buren January 20, 2022
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When my husband and I fight, which isn't really that often, he shuts himself away for several days.

By Abigail Van Buren January 19, 2022
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My fiance, “Peter,” has a number of female friends I’m not comfortable with, primarily because they are women he “had” interest in before we started dating.

By Abigail Van Buren January 18, 2022
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My girlfriend, "Dyanne," and I recently had a baby conceived not long after we started dating.

By Abigail Van Buren January 18, 2022
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A year and a half ago, I separated from my husband because I was being neglected, not respected, and mistreated emotionally.

By Abigail Van Buren January 15, 2022
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I need some advice regarding my mother-in-law.

By Abigail Van Buren January 14, 2022
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I’m a 38-year-old woman who used to be nice.

By Abigail Van Buren January 13, 2022
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For the past three years I've been with a man I believe is the love of my life.

By Abigail Van Buren January 13, 2022
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I am becoming more and more irritated with people.

By Abigail Van Buren January 11, 2022
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My husband and I got married during the pandemic in a short ceremony.

By Abigail Van Buren January 11, 2022
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My brother dated an alcoholic for years.

By Abigail Van Buren January 8, 2022
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I have been talking to my ex-boyfriend of more than 22 years. We have a grown son.

By Abigail Van Buren January 8, 2022
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I have a friend, “Tara,” I have known for a long time.

By Abigail Van Buren January 6, 2022
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A friend of 40 years got mad at me after the last presidential election.

By Abigail Van Buren January 6, 2022
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My preteen son is friends with a boy I don’t quite approve of, but I understand that sometimes bad decisions lead to future wisdom.

By Abigail Van Buren January 4, 2022
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A year ago, I was contacted by a half-sister I'll call "Shyla," who my mother placed for adoption at birth.

By Abigail Van Buren January 4, 2022
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My significant other is a super-nice guy, who everyone likes and gets along with – until the topics of religion, spirituality and afterlife come up.

By Abigail Van Buren December 30, 2021
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My husband, “Dan,” and I do not consume alcohol, mostly because of our family history.

December 29, 2021
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I have a younger sister I love dearly.

By Abigail Van Buren December 29, 2021
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I have been with my boyfriend for eight years.

By Abigail Van Buren December 28, 2021
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I'm in my late 30s and have been married for seven years.

By Abigail Van Buren December 28, 2021
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I had an affair with “Harold,” a man I was helping.

By Abigail Van Buren December 23, 2021
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My 52-year-old twin brother - whom I'm close to - is getting married soon for the first time.

By Abigail Van Buren December 23, 2021
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I am married to a wonderful man who has a teenage son, “Teddy,” from a previous relationship.

By Abigail Van Buren December 22, 2021
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A dear friend of mine, "Dirk," died by suicide a couple of years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren December 22, 2021
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I was never close to my mother-in-law, “Agnes.”

By Abigail Van Buren December 21, 2021
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I'm responding to your request for comments about your answer to "Doggy Business" (Oct. 28).

By Abigail Van Buren December 21, 2021
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My wife and I were divorced six years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren December 18, 2021
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I recently learned my neighbor shot and killed her two young kids (14 and 2) more than 20 years ago and served only half of her prison sentence – six years.

December 16, 2021
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During the last year, I made some significant changes to my life.

By Abigail Van Buren December 16, 2021
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I have been with my boyfriend for almost five years.

By Abigail Van Buren December 14, 2021
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My husband is in his 40s and permanently disabled from injuries received in a recent automobile accident.

By Abigail Van Buren December 14, 2021
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I have a friend I’ll call “Whitney” who asks me to pet sit for her on a fairly regular basis.

By Abigail Van Buren December 11, 2021
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I went for a jog the other morning, and when I returned home I discovered I was locked out of my house because the garage door keypad wasn't working.

By Abigail Van Buren December 11, 2021
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A few months ago, I started dating a widower.

By Abigail Van Buren December 9, 2021
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I am a 45-year-old divorced father of three.

By Abigail Van Buren December 9, 2021
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I have been with my husband for 41 years, married for 30, but we lived together for five years before we tied the knot.

By Abigail Van Buren December 7, 2021
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My cousin "Scotty" invited my husband and me to see his new house.

By Abigail Van Buren December 7, 2021
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I have a friend, a gay man in his 60s.

By Abigail Van Buren December 4, 2021
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For years, I've heard about what and where a woman "should" be in her life once she turns the big 3-0.

By Abigail Van Buren December 4, 2021
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My 25-year-old son is a single father of three boys, 6, 4 and almost 3.

By Abigail Van Buren December 2, 2021
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My husband has a "best friend" from childhood I'll call "Artie," but they have little in common anymore.

By Abigail Van Buren December 2, 2021
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I am a 44-year-old woman who has been married for three years.

By Abigail Van Buren November 30, 2021
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I have two mothers: my biological mother and Mom, who raised me.

By Abigail Van Buren November 30, 2021
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I have a problem with one player in our weekly golf group.

By Abigail Van Buren November 27, 2021
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I am a 42-year-old mother of three who has been in a relationship with a man for almost six years.

By Abigail Van Buren November 26, 2021
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I’m eight months pregnant with my first child.

By Abigail Van Buren November 24, 2021
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"Eileen" and I have been friends for 21 years.

By Abigail Van Buren November 24, 2021
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I’ve dealt with anxiety and depression for decades, but I’m finally on a medication that works for me.

By Abigail Van Buren November 23, 2021
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When my boyfriend talks about women, he doesn't always refer to them by their name.

By Abigail Van Buren November 23, 2021
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I have two younger sisters – “Mara” and “Talia.” We grew up very close.

November 20, 2021
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I'm a 35-year-old woman whose father refuses to get along with me no matter how hard I try.

November 20, 2021
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My parents separated nearly 20 years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren November 18, 2021
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I'm a divorcee who has reconnected with a childhood neighbor, "Levi."

By Abigail Van Buren November 18, 2021
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I have been married 45 years.

By Abigail Van Buren November 16, 2021
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I recently backed out of an adoption.

By Abigail Van Buren November 16, 2021
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Our son married a psychotherapist who is very controlling.

By Abigail Van Buren November 13, 2021
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I used to collect vintage dresses, many of which I bought online from retailers for several hundred dollars each.

By Abigail Van Buren November 13, 2021
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I have an acquaintance I have known for 10 years.

By Abigail Van Buren November 11, 2021
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My ex-husband and I have been divorced 24 years and, now that our children are grown, we have minimal contact.

By Abigail Van Buren November 11, 2021
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You often respond to grandparents who are disappointed that their grandchildren have not written a note to express gratitude for a recent present.

By Abigail Van Buren November 9, 2021
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My wife works from home, and we are having a disagreement about the home workspace.

By Abigail Van Buren November 9, 2021
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I have been with my fiance for six years (engaged for almost two).

By Abigail Van Buren November 6, 2021
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I have been living in a 55-plus community in Florida for several years.

By Abigail Van Buren November 6, 2021
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My husband is close to retirement age and has his hands full with work and yardwork all year long.

By Abigail Van Buren November 4, 2021
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My husband of 16 years has been airing our dirty laundry to anyone who will listen, including my 35-year-old son.

By Abigail Van Buren November 4, 2021
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My 23-year-old daughter is dating a transgender woman, “Holly.”

By Abigail Van Buren November 2, 2021
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I am friends with "Pete" and "Pam," a couple I have known for more than 20 years.

By Abigail Van Buren November 2, 2021
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I’m divorced and dating a man who is 10 years younger.

By Abigail Van Buren October 30, 2021
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I've been with my wonderful husband for 15 years. I currently work from home with our small children, ages 4 and 1.

By Abigail Van Buren October 30, 2021
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I have ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease, am wheelchair-or bed-bound, and am unable to do anything for myself, much less around the house.

By Abigail Van Buren October 28, 2021
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My co-workers and I want to know how to handle customers who ask us out.

By Abigail Van Buren October 28, 2021
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My husband and I have been married for 25 years.

By Abigail Van Buren October 26, 2021
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I'm the mother of a 36-year-old daughter.

By Abigail Van Buren October 26, 2021
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I recently attended a funeral with my mother’s family.

By Abigail Van Buren October 23, 2021
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My mom and I have always been close, but since I got married, I have been having a hard time setting boundaries.

By Abigail Van Buren October 23, 2021
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My wife and I have been together 39 years, and we generally get along very well.

By Abigail Van Buren October 21, 2021
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Over the weekend, while I was cleaning and reorganizing our bedroom, I found the engagement ring my boyfriend plans on proposing to me with.

By Abigail Van Buren October 21, 2021
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My niece “Jane” is married to “John,” who doesn’t want children.

By Abigail Van Buren October 19, 2021
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Thirty-five years ago I was raped by a stranger.

By Abigail Van Buren October 19, 2021
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My husband is a wonderful man.

By Abigail Van Buren October 16, 2021
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I've been with my husband for eight years, married for one.

By Abigail Van Buren October 16, 2021
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My daughter “Melanie” is very close with a cousin she grew up with.

By Abigail Van Buren October 14, 2021
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I'm a woman in my mid-30s without much family.

By Abigail Van Buren October 14, 2021
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I married a proud Scotsman a year ago who often wears kilts.

By Abigail Van Buren October 12, 2021
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When the house next door sold, we were delighted to have new neighbors.

By Abigail Van Buren October 12, 2021
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We live in a small town where everyone knows everyone.

By Abigail Van Buren October 9, 2021
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I have a long-distance friend I met online 10 years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren October 8, 2021
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My husband and I have been happily married for 10 years.

By Abigail Van Buren October 7, 2021
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I have been with a man for the last six years.

By Abigail Van Buren October 7, 2021
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I have a 23-year-old daughter, “Julia,” who I am close with.

By Abigail Van Buren October 5, 2021
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My husband was instructed by his doctor to avoid dairy due to a chronic condition that negatively impacts his daily life.

By Abigail Van Buren October 5, 2021
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I am a man in my late 40s who has been looking for love all my life.

By Abigail Van Buren October 2, 2021
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About a year ago, my fiance of six years revealed that he doesn’t think homosexuality is normal or right.

By Abigail Van Buren September 30, 2021
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I recently got back in touch with an old flame from 12 years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren September 28, 2021
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My husband and I have been married more than 30 years.

By Abigail Van Buren September 25, 2021
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I’m a minor living at home with my parents and my brother.

By Abigail Van Buren September 23, 2021
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When I found out a few months ago that my husband of 24 years had been having affairs with several men, it devastated me.

By Abigail Van Buren September 21, 2021
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I have a former high school classmate who, over the years, I've gotten pretty close to.

By Abigail Van Buren September 21, 2021
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My wife and I hope you can answer a question for us. Two couples we were extremely close with for more than 10 years were divorced two and three years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren September 18, 2021
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I have been in my second marriage for almost 20 years.

By Abigail Van Buren September 16, 2021
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After 28 years of marriage, is it strange that I would like my wife to initiate sex?

By Abigail Van Buren September 16, 2021
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I am currently without a job.

By Abigail Van Buren September 14, 2021
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I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and I’m undergoing chemotherapy.

By Abigail Van Buren September 11, 2021
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I'm a 16-year-old girl, and I've been struggling a little bit.

By Abigail Van Buren September 11, 2021
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I am a 41-year-old divorced woman.

By Abigail Van Buren September 9, 2021
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My 24-year-old son is in rehab for the second time.

By Abigail Van Buren September 9, 2021
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My 16-year-old daughter, "Lily," came home from her father's very upset.

By Abigail Van Buren September 7, 2021
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I'm a 28-year-old mother of two.

By Abigail Van Buren September 7, 2021
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I have been married to my loving husband for 28 years.

By Abigail Van Buren September 4, 2021
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What financial responsibility do parents have to their adult children and grandchildren?

By Abigail Van Buren September 4, 2021
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I have been married for nearly 10 years.

By Abigail Van Buren September 2, 2021
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I've been dating a great guy for a year and a half.

By Abigail Van Buren September 2, 2021
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My soul mate, “Ted,” is marrying another woman.

By Abigail Van Buren August 31, 2021
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I have a friend from college I'm really close to, but they have begun an annoying habit I need help addressing.

By Abigail Van Buren August 31, 2021
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I divorced my cheating husband, but my mother keeps inviting him over to her and Dad’s house.

By Abigail Van Buren August 28, 2021
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I am a mother of four (soon to be five) young children.

By Abigail Van Buren August 28, 2021
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My name is “Lucia,” I am 15 and I live in Santa Catarina, Brazil.

By Abigail Van Buren August 26, 2021
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My sister, who had epilepsy as a small child in the 1970s, now uses her disease as a weapon against the rest of the family.

By Abigail Van Buren August 21, 2021
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I'm a 39-year-old woman in a toxic relationship with my boyfriend of almost seven years.

By Abigail Van Buren August 21, 2021
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My husband and I disagree about our arrangements after we pass away.

By Abigail Van Buren August 19, 2021
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I have been seeing a wonderful man for seven months and spend every weekend with him.

By Abigail Van Buren August 19, 2021
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I have known my husband for eight years. We’ve been married for four.

By Abigail Van Buren August 17, 2021
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My dearest friend passed away five years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren August 17, 2021
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I’m a retired widow who took in a renter in his 60s a few years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren August 14, 2021
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My daughter passed away last year, and we received custody of our grandson, who was 15 months old at the time.

By Abigail Van Buren August 14, 2021
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My husband retired a few months ago.

By Abigail Van Buren August 12, 2021
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My fiance, "Nathan," and I met in college 12 years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren August 12, 2021
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My son and his wife have been living with us for two and a half years so they can save for a house.

By Abigail Van Buren August 10, 2021
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Sometimes when my husband, "Tom," drinks he becomes volatile.

By Abigail Van Buren August 10, 2021
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My wonderful boyfriend and I have been together for nearly a year and a half.

By Abigail Van Buren August 7, 2021
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I have two good friends who dated all through college until "Isaac" broke up with "Jen" in a very stressful and dramatic way.

By Abigail Van Buren August 7, 2021
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I love both my parents so much, but I’m definitely closer to my dad.

By Abigail Van Buren August 5, 2021
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I'm the mother of an 8-year-old with autism.

By Abigail Van Buren August 5, 2021
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My husband of three years informed me that he’d had a brief affair and fathered a baby.

By Abigail Van Buren August 3, 2021
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"Disturbed in Texas" (June 5) was annoyed by the sound of a diabetic co-worker's "beeper" going off frequently.

By Abigail Van Buren August 3, 2021
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Two years ago, I met a wonderful man online.

By Abigail Van Buren July 30, 2021
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My daughter is pregnant with her second child.

By Abigail Van Buren July 29, 2021
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Six months into the pandemic I was furloughed, then laid off a few months later.

By Abigail Van Buren July 29, 2021
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I’m having difficulty understanding my husband’s obsession with pantyhose.

By Abigail Van Buren July 27, 2021
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I'm 23 years old and caring for my two grandparents.

By Abigail Van Buren July 27, 2021
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This may seem inconsequential, but there seems to be a growing trend of omitting a woman’s maiden name in obituaries.

July 24, 2021
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My husband and I are newlyweds and share an apartment with another couple because we ran into financial difficulties, and this was our only option.

By Abigail Van Buren July 24, 2021
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I have a much older sister who has become very religious.

By Abigail Van Buren July 22, 2021
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My husband and I have been together for eight years, married for two.

By Abigail Van Buren July 22, 2021
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I broke up with my boyfriend a few months ago, but I’m still having a difficult time getting over him.

By Abigail Van Buren July 20, 2021
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Should a 23-year-old son pay room and board even though he spends little time at home and eats out often?

By Abigail Van Buren July 20, 2021
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I have a half-sister who is 14 years younger, and there is a sensitive genealogical matter I have never shared with her.

By Abigail Van Buren July 17, 2021
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I am a 31-year-old woman who has been in many relationships since high school.

By Abigail Van Buren July 16, 2021
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My 40-year-old daughter has never worked.

By Abigail Van Buren July 15, 2021
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I have always suffered from what I now know is social anxiety disorder.

By Abigail Van Buren July 15, 2021
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My husband of 49 years had an affair two years ago with a woman younger than our daughter. The affair is over now, but I no longer trust him.

By Abigail Van Buren July 13, 2021
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A few years ago, I asked a friend to accompany me to a concert for which I offered her a free ticket.

By Abigail Van Buren July 13, 2021
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My sister’s husband died by suicide several years ago while they were in the middle of a divorce.

By Abigail Van Buren July 10, 2021
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I recently moved back to my hometown after being away for six years.

By Abigail Van Buren July 9, 2021
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Several months after we met, my partner asked me to move into her home.

By Abigail Van Buren July 8, 2021
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I’m a woman in my early 60s.

By Abigail Van Buren July 6, 2021
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I am dating a slightly older divorced man.

By Abigail Van Buren July 6, 2021
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I just found out I’m pregnant with our third child, a “surprise” baby.

By Abigail Van Buren July 3, 2021
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I've been divorced from my husband of 18 years for two years, separated for three.

By Abigail Van Buren July 3, 2021
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I’m writing in response to your answer to “Broke But Available” (March 23), the retired woman seeking ecological volunteer opportunities.

By Abigail Van Buren July 1, 2021
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I recently took a cross-country trip to visit my pregnant best friend before she gives birth.

By Abigail Van Buren July 1, 2021
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Against my better judgment, I agreed to allow my parents to pay for our upcoming wedding.

By Abigail Van Buren June 29, 2021
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When my husband and I got married a year ago, he had seven rescue dogs, which was a lot for me, but I accepted it.

By Abigail Van Buren June 26, 2021
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Last year, after a falling out with someone I have been friends with for more than 20 years, I was OK with writing this person off and going on with my life.

By Abigail Van Buren June 26, 2021
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I’ve become involved with a woman I’ve been friends with for some years.

By Abigail Van Buren June 24, 2021
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I live in an apartment and recently had a serious leak come through my bathroom ceiling.

By Abigail Van Buren June 24, 2021
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My patients, like most Americans, believe memory loss is a normal part of aging.

By Abigail Van Buren June 22, 2021
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My daughter is separated from her husband, who rents a room from me.

By Abigail Van Buren June 22, 2021
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I'm a girl of 23 who has never had a boyfriend.

By Abigail Van Buren June 19, 2021
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I am a 40-something single mother of two teens.

By Abigail Van Buren June 17, 2021
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I am getting married, and my fiance's daughters, 19 and 21, are in the wedding party.

By Abigail Van Buren June 17, 2021
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I am an active 90-year-old grandmother who every year treats my family to a week’s vacation at a beach house.

By Abigail Van Buren June 16, 2021
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I have been in a relationship with a married man for 2 1/2 years.

By Abigail Van Buren June 12, 2021
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I am a 30-year-old married woman.

By Abigail Van Buren June 12, 2021
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Twenty years ago, I reconnected with a childhood friend.

By Abigail Van Buren June 10, 2021
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I have a grandson (25) and granddaughter (22) who are both extremely overweight (300 pounds each).

By Abigail Van Buren June 10, 2021
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My college senior daughter, “Lisa,” insists on inviting her “significant other” to every holiday and to our home when she’s on break.

By Abigail Van Buren June 8, 2021
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I am having trouble dealing with my wife's extended family, who are mostly evangelicals.

By Abigail Van Buren June 8, 2021
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I have been in a relationship for two years with a man I love very much.

By Abigail Van Buren June 5, 2021
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I've been dating the same woman for more than two years.

By Abigail Van Buren June 5, 2021
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My wife and I separated three months ago.

By Abigail Van Buren June 3, 2021
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My husband and I have been together 23 years.

By Abigail Van Buren June 3, 2021
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I was sexually assaulted by my cousin’s boyfriend a short while ago, and it was hard for me to process.

By Abigail Van Buren June 1, 2021
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I went to lunch with "Anita," who proceeded to question me about how I know my friend "Gail."

By Abigail Van Buren June 1, 2021
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My husband has a close friend I’ll call “Al.”

By Abigail Van Buren May 29, 2021
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Seventeen years ago, when my sister "Elise" and I were 19 and 25, our mother kicked us both out.

By Abigail Van Buren May 29, 2021
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Several years ago, while living with my sister, I bought a $900 rowing machine I could barely afford.

By Abigail Van Buren May 27, 2021
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While I am excited for new opportunities in my life, I cannot shake the feeling I am losing something.

By Abigail Van Buren May 27, 2021
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I am in a rock band with some friends.

By Abigail Van Buren May 25, 2021
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When I was 16, my cousin “Mary” came from Georgia to New York to stay with us for the summer.

By Abigail Van Buren May 25, 2021
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My daughter and son-in-law have been married for seven years and have two young daughters.

By Abigail Van Buren May 22, 2021
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I had a horrible childhood with a mean mother who berated and took her issues out on me.

By Abigail Van Buren May 22, 2021
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My grandma, who is in her 80s, had a stroke recently.

By Abigail Van Buren May 20, 2021
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My physician husband recently had a total hip replacement.

By Abigail Van Buren May 20, 2021
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My family has an aversion to throwing things out that might still be useful.

By Abigail Van Buren May 18, 2021
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I am a lover of and rescuer of cats (and dogs).

By Abigail Van Buren May 18, 2021
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I have been blessed with a gorgeous 4-year-old daughter who is (even more importantly) smart, funny and kind, but I have an issue.

By Abigail Van Buren May 15, 2021
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I'm a lesbian. There's a girl I have liked for a little over a month.

By Abigail Van Buren May 15, 2021
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My husband works out of town with his brother, who is married.

By Abigail Van Buren May 13, 2021
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I have been married more than 25 years and have kids.

By Abigail Van Buren May 13, 2021
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I have come to realize that the best thing a person can do for anyone is to cook something for them.

By Abigail Van Buren May 11, 2021
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I am a widower. I lost my wonderful wife of 35 years to heart disease eight years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren May 11, 2021
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After a bad breakup, a good friend and her husband offered me a room in their home.

By Abigail Van Buren May 8, 2021
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While shopping with a friend recently, I was put in an awkward situation in regard to a store discount.

By Abigail Van Buren May 8, 2021
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Six months ago, my husband, “Lee,” met his long-lost sister, his father’s daughter from a previous marriage. Lee’s father passed away when he was 6; he is now 30.

By Abigail Van Buren May 7, 2021
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I just found out my husband has been looking at escorts in the local area.

By Abigail Van Buren May 4, 2021
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We get our children and grandchildren together twice a year.

By Abigail Van Buren May 4, 2021
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My wife and I have been married five years and are raising four children.

By Abigail Van Buren May 1, 2021
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I am a 48-year-old woman, divorced for 10 years.

By Abigail Van Buren April 29, 2021
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I work as a receptionist in a small medical office.

By Abigail Van Buren April 29, 2021
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I’ve been dating a married man for the last three years, and everything was great.

By Abigail Van Buren April 27, 2021
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After I ended a 20-year marriage, I took some time off from relationships and am now back in the dating world.

By Abigail Van Buren April 27, 2021
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I am a 34-year-old woman.

By Abigail Van Buren April 24, 2021
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My husband and I have had a total of six miscarriages – one before our miracle son and five since we began trying for a second child more than two years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren April 20, 2021
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I am a 16-year-old girl, and I'm having a conflict with my mom over my car.

By Abigail Van Buren April 20, 2021
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There is a woman where I work who is emotionally needy.

By Abigail Van Buren April 17, 2021
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I've been in a long-distance relationship for 2 1/2 years. We are now engaged, but haven't set a date for our wedding.

By Abigail Van Buren April 17, 2021
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A friend of 35 years recently accused me of exposing her and her mother to COVID.

By Abigail Van Buren April 15, 2021
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My husband's dad, "Adam," is very mellow and can talk to anyone.

By Abigail Van Buren April 15, 2021
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My best friend (since we were babies) and I are having a disagreement.

By Abigail Van Buren April 13, 2021
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My tattoos are destroying my marriage, and I just don't understand why.

By Abigail Van Buren April 13, 2021
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My wife and I are both recently retired.

By Abigail Van Buren April 10, 2021
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I've been separated from my wife for about four years, at her request.

By Abigail Van Buren April 10, 2021
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I'm in my late 20s, married and happily child-free.

By Abigail Van Buren April 8, 2021
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I recently met a man, and I have fallen in love with him.

By Abigail Van Buren April 6, 2021
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I have grown really close to “Pete,” my trainer at the gym I joined two years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren April 3, 2021
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I have been married to my husband for seven years.

By Abigail Van Buren April 3, 2021
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At the age of 30, I recently had to move back with my parents.

By Abigail Van Buren April 1, 2021
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My husband and I have been married for six mostly blissful years, but recently, some of his fantasies have started to worry me.

By Abigail Van Buren March 30, 2021
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I’m a 65-year-old woman with a younger brother who is 63 and physically, mentally and emotionally disabled.

By Abigail Van Buren March 20, 2021
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I have been married to my husband for 13 years.

By Abigail Van Buren March 13, 2021
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My twin sister moved to another state years ago.

By Abigail Van Buren March 13, 2021

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