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Creators Syndicate

Wife keeps putting parents first

Dear Annie: My wife, “Kate,” and I are in our early 40s and have been married for 15 years. We have two children. Kate has a deeply troubling emotional dependence on her parents that shows no sign of changing. They wanted to come with us on our honeymoon, which I initially thought was a joke. […]

Neighbors will make a bad impression

Dear Annie: My husband and I are friends with another couple in our neighborhood. The majority of the time, we get along well. We have even traveled together. The problem is, “Susie” is very loud and an extremely poor conversationalist. She dominates the get-togethers by talking about nonsense, and she constantly repeats herself. She interrupts […]

Communication breakdown

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 24 years, and it feels like we are roommates with kids. We are opposites and always have been, but it seems as if we have fallen out of sync completely. He has never been outgoing, whereas I am a social butterfly. Our kids have never […]

The prodigal parents?

Dear Annie: My husband and I are in our late 50s and have been married for 26 years. I have had the privilege of not needing to hold an outside job since I married, allowing me to be a stay-at-home mom and raise our kids, who are now grown and out of the house. My […]

Family visits are a chore

Dear Annie: My mother-in-law lives an hour away from us. My husband’s sister, “Dot,” and her husband, “Jeff,” and their married children, periodically come to our house for overnight stays in order to visit Mom. My husband often invites Dot and her family to come for several days at Christmas. We now are lucky enough […]

Tradition … tradition!

Dear Annie: I am a mother of two daughters in their 20s. Both have been emotionally, socially and financially supported by my husband and me throughout their lives. Both have advanced degrees and are now entering the work place. What should be a happy time in my life is just the opposite. The older one […]

Probation isn’t over yet

Dear Annie: I am a 20-year-old male who currently lives with my parents. I just started my first year of college. Both of my parents have prescriptions to Xanax. When I was 15, I took a few from my dad’s bottle. My parents labeled me a thief and an addict. I knew it was wrong […]

Where there’s smoke …

Dear Annie: Recently, new neighbors moved in next door. They seem nice. The problem is, the husband smokes on their porch, which is on the side of their house and only a few yards from ours. It is close enough that we can smell cigarette smoke in our bedrooms, which are all on that side […]

Family members believe the lies

Dear Annie: I am a divorced dad and my 20-something son, “Adam,” is deeply troubled. He lacks drive and ambition, and he also drinks and uses drugs. Worse, he is a chronic liar. I reached the end of my rope and arranged to send him to a rehab facility. Adam then approached my siblings and […]

This is why you rent first

Dear Annie: After five years of dating, my fiancé and I have purchased a house and are in the process of moving in together. Everything is going well, except for one thing: “Walter” does not want me to bring any of the furniture my mother gave me. My mother has kept several couches, rugs and […]

Doesn’t want to put up with it

Dear Annie: I was severely abused, physically and emotionally, when I was growing up, mostly by my mother and older sister. After many years of therapy, I have turned my life around and finally am able to feel like a worthwhile person. The trouble is, my older sister continues to be verbally abusive every time […]

What has she gotten into?

Dear Annie: I took early retirement and moved in with my son and daughter-in-law in order to help care for my five grandkids. At the time, my daughter-in-law was attending college and my son asked me to move in. I help pay the household expenses and also do the daily work around the house. All […]

Still here, still not going anywhere

Dear Annie: My 31-year-old daughter, her boyfriend and my 13-year-old granddaughter have lived with my husband and me for the past 10 years. I never thought they would stay this long. My daughter, “Tina,” asked whether her boyfriend could live with us for two weeks until his car was fixed after a hit-and-run accident. We […]

When helping seems impossible

Dear Annie: Our daughter and her husband are major hoarders. They have two teenage children who have to climb over things to get into their beds. Every room has piles of junk. They will not get rid of anything because “one day, it may be valuable.” They never invite anyone into their home, which is […]

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