Dear Amy: He is a wonderful husband and has been a great provider. He just prefers a lot of time alone and does not enjoy chit-chat or meeting new people.
Dear Drained and Wondering: Here are some life-events that can be emotionally draining on a day-to-day basis: Raising an autistic child, losing a loved-one to dementia or caring for someone at the end of life. Being in a romantic relationship should NOT be emotionally draining.
Dear Amy: I recently reached out to my estranged father to inquire about any life changes he may have had recently, because I was going through the federal security clearance process. When asked if he was still married, his response was, "Theoretically yes."
You may not have all of the answers or a surefire solution to an entrenched family dynamic, but you could help to ease your husband’s pain by encouraging him to open up to you, writes Amy Dickinson.
Dear Amy: Every year, with the help of my husband and six children, I throw myself a birthday party at a local roller rink. It's all I want: to party and rollerblade with my family and friends like I'm still young.
Dear Amy: I love my friends’ kids, but I’m both exhausted from maintaining those friendships and deeply unsatisfied with their quality.
Dear Amy: I had a long-term close friendship that I have finally completely severed. This friend is married to a prominent doctor.
Dear Amy: This betrayal led to familial estrangement from the stepdaughters.
Dear Readers: As I offer my 20th annual year-end “charity roundup,” I’d like to remind readers that while charity truly does begin at home, it need not stay there.
Dear Amy: I have two boys – ages six and three – who show every sign of loving gender-typical toys like cars and trucks. They also love the toy kitchen we bought when our older one was three.
Dear Amy: My sister says the situation is “complicated,” but for me it’s not actually that complicated.
Dear Amy: Other than being married to our father, she's not really "family," and we really don't care to continue a relationship.
Dear Amy: A while ago my wife got a cellphone call from “Martine,” a very high-strung woman whom she regarded as a friend.
Dear Amy: My friend recently asked if my husband would build a tiny house on our property for her to move into. She expects my husband to build it for her (she would pay for the materials). My husband and I said no. We don’t wish to do this, for many reasons.
Dear Amy: “Christy” and I have been friends for more than 25 years. Christy married an abusive monster, and after 15 years of her crying to me and then going back to him, I stepped away for a few years.
Dear Amy: I’ve been single since high school (I’m currently 27 years old).
Dear Readers: For the past 14 years, I have devoted one December column entirely to the idea of giving books to children on Christmas morning (or whatever wintertime holiday you celebrate).
Dear Amy: My mother-in-law is 80 and insists on living in her own house. She expects us to help with her house. Anytime anything breaks, needs fixing or work needs to be done, she expects us to tend to the issue.
Dear Amy: Should we try a long-distance relationship, or break up now because our future plans don’t seem to include the other?
Dear Amy: Can I ask my daughter-in-law not to come here when anyone in the family is sick?
Dear Amy: Her mother has a good career and makes very good money at her job. However, she has very little to show for it, with no savings or home ownership.
Dear Amy: This has bled over into my relationship with my wife, who complains that I always have to be the smartest person in the room.
Dear Amy: My best friend of many years, “Alexis,” dated married guys for years of her young adult life, basically pulverizing several marriages. This behavior continued during the early years of her own marriage.
Dear Amy: My son is 8 years old and is very talkative and inquisitive. He asks lots of “why” questions that don't always coincide with the current conversation, but are about a previous topic.
Dear Amy: I’m a girl in 11th grade. In my freshman year, I made friends with “Ruby.”
Dear Amy: How can I politely say no when friends are passing through town or vacationing here and ask if they can spend a couple of nights with us?
Dear Amy: She is openly impatient with my son and absolutely cold to me during my visits.
Dear Amy: Friends and family members have suggested that I'm crazy not to date him, but I just don't see him that way.