October 23, 2012
DEAR ABBY: Since Halloween is nearly here, I have a question about trick-or-treating. Last year on Halloween I was sitting down for an early dinner that was planned for 5 p.m. so we wouldn't be disturbed by trick-or-treaters. Suddenly, the doorbell rang. When I answered, I was bombarded with requests for candy from three boys who live down the street. It was still light outside. I told them to come back later, when I wasn't eating dinner. I wanted to teach them that they shouldn't overextend the holiday and disrupt other people's lives.
October 25, 2012
DEAR ABBY: My wife and I have had many discussions regarding tattoos. She would say she wanted one; I'd be against it. Well, just before her birthday she had her best friend, a tattoo artist, give her a small tattoo of a dragonfly with dots representing our four children. I didn't know about it for about six weeks, until I walked up behind her at her computer desk and noticed it on her upper shoulder. Our kids knew and hadn't said anything. I got really mad and left the house for a while.
September 7, 2012
DEAR ABBY : Last night at a restaurant, my husband and I were surprised to see a male server wearing a blond wig and full makeup. I was, to say the least, shocked and very glad we hadn't brought the children - ages 11 and 14 - with us. How do you explain something like that to an 11-year-old? The 14-year-old would be able to "get it. " What kind of policies are in place for restaurants in cases like this? What if customers are offended? Could I request a different server or just leave?
September 4, 2012
DEAR ABBY : I am a 29-year-old gay man. In my community, coming out at work isn't an option. I really like my job and want to keep it, but a female colleague is not only trying to persuade me to go out with her, but she has gotten our co-workers involved. I'm constantly pressured by my supervisor to just "give her a chance. " I have already told everyone I'm not interested in mixing my personal and work lives, and I want to come to work only to work - not upgrade my marital status. But the pressure from everyone has gotten worse.
August 31, 2012
DEAR ABBY : My father died eight years ago. Mother couldn't afford to bury him at the time, so he was cremated. Mom asked me to keep his ashes until her time was up so they could be buried together. Having the ashes makes me feel like he is still with me, that I have not totally lost him. However, over the last year, my brothers and sisters have led my mother to believe that I won't respect her wishes to have them buried together when the time comes. She is pressuring me to bury him NOW. It hurts me that my family could even think I would take that away from my mother.
September 23, 2012
DEAR ABBY : I'm an 18-year-old woman who lives at home with my parents. I have been seeing an amazing person for a while now. There is just one problem. My mother has decided to put "rules" on our relationship. By rules, I mean: a curfew, how often I see him, where I am to be with him and various other things. Also, she randomly blurts out that I am "never to move in with him until I am married. " I don't plan on moving in with him until we both have our college degrees. I am technically an adult, which means to me that I can make my own decisions and suffer the consequences if there are any. I know I live in my parents' home.
October 14, 2012
DEAR ABBY : I'm 17 and go to a high school with drug addicts and girls who are lucky they aren't pregnant. (Some are.) My father thinks I'm like them even though I have proven time and again that I'm not. I have a 4.0 GPA and have never done drugs or had sex. I'm not allowed to drive anywhere without my mother accompanying me. If I want to go on a date with my boyfriend, my parents must be present. I have lost friends who are tired of having to hang with my parents and me. I have tried telling my dad this, but he claims I'm being ridiculous and then picks a fight with me. I suggested family counseling, but Dad refused.
July 20, 2010
DEAR ABBY: I understand the frustration of "Takes My Job Seriously," the supervisor who complained about her female employees requesting time off for kids' school and sports events or beauty appointments. Over the last few years I have noticed a decline in work ethic across the board. Phone calls go unreturned, workers stand around idle, and errors are made on important forms. People seem to do the minimum necessary to make it to the end of the day, and supervisors aren't much different - they allow this behavior.
November 9, 2012
DEAR ABBY: I was raised in a home where "Yes, ma'am" and, "No, sir" were expected, and I have used that respectful form of address throughout my life. Yes, I grew up in the South. Six months ago, my husband and I moved north with our two children for job relocation. My co-workers tell me that they're offended by my constant use of "ma'am" and "sir. " I sense that upper management and my supervisor like being addressed that way. But what do you suggest I do with the rest of my co-workers?
October 17, 2012
DEAR ABBY : My 15-year-old stepson, "Justin," doesn't drink or do drugs. For the most part, he stays out of trouble. The problem is, he has been caught for the third time having unprotected sex. Justin has lied repeatedly about this. His father lets him get away with many things. But this is different. A 15-year-old boy can't take care of a baby, and having sex with multiple partners means exposing everyone involved to STDs. My husband and his ex have dealt with this by trying to ignore it. But the more I think about it, the more I see the danger of Justin's life being changed forever because his parents don't want to make him unhappy for a minute.