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Ask Amy for March 22

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 11:53:00 EDT

Dear Amy: I was married for 10 years and have two beautiful boys with my ex-husband. We split up about five years ago, and I gave him custody of the kids because he was stalking me and obsessed with me and would not leave me alone.

Ask Amy for March 21

Tue, 22 Mar 2011 11:31:00 EDT

Dear Amy:Our son was an addict (drugs and alcohol) for many years, starting in high school. We never suspected his problem until he hit rock bottom.

Ask Amy for March 20

Sat, 19 Mar 2011 19:16:01 EDT

Dear Amy: Last night, I took my mother out for what I thought would be a pleasant, relaxing dinner. Was I wrong!

Ask Amy for March 16

Wed, 16 Mar 2011 17:30:01 EDT

Dear Amy: I am an older woman who was fired from a part-time job two years ago.

Ask Amy for March 9

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 13:15:02 EDT

Dear Amy: I have a co-worker who puts on a pot of coffee when she arrives at work each morning.

Ask Amy for March 10

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 13:12:01 EDT

Advice on dealing with an unemployed relative, a shy teenager and an office distraction.

Ask Amy for March 15

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 11:01:01 EDT

Dear Amy: I am in seventh grade. I am Jewish. I have a Native American friend in the same grade. We have a lot of classes together, and his locker is right next to mine.

Ask Amy for March 15

Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EDT

Middle School Friend Is a Bully-in-Training Dear Amy:

Ask Amy for March 14

Mon, 14 Mar 2011 11:00:00 EDT

After being out of the dating scene for a few years, he is looking for a relationship - not a discourse on ex-husbands or boyfriends.

Ask Amy for March 8

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 11:34:00 EDT

Dear Amy: I have been having a same-sex affair with a married man who has two children. Now he says the affair is over.

Ask Amy for March 7

Sun, 13 Mar 2011 11:28:00 EDT

Dear Amy:I have had 20 years' experience with my company. I moved into a new area within my company two years ago.

Ask Amy: Advice to alcoholic's sister: Save yourself

Thu, 03 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST

Dear Amy: My brother has been struggling with alcohol addiction for many years. He's bounced from place to place as long as he has been drinking, and I feel this is because he is running from himself and his addiction. He found a well-paying job in my area and seemed to be on the upswing, so I in...

Ask Amy: Wife's 'Chats' Bring on Spats

Wed, 02 Mar 2011 19:17:01 EST

Dear Amy: I fell deeply in love with "Sean" when we were in college, but we decided not to get married because my family opposed it. Both of us married other people and had not been in contact for more than 15 years. My husband knows of my past with Sean. I will care about Sean the rest of my lif...

Ask Amy: Job Seekers Should Mind Their Grammar

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 23:26:02 EST

Dear Amy: My partner and I run a small business and are currently in the process of hiring employees. We have asked candidates to fill out an application and to send us their rsums via e-mail. Although we do not expect perfection, the errors on the applications we have received are astonishing: i...

Ask Amy: Estranged dad reaches out, but his daughter is ambivalent

Mon, 28 Feb 2011 18:35:00 EST

Dear Amy: My wife and I divorced when my daughter was 2 years old. My daughter is now 34. She is a single parent with two children. I have never met my grandchildren, who are adolescents. I have not seen my daughter for 16 years because when I arrived at my former wife's home to take her out for ...

Ask Amy: Child should not be parents' pawn

Sat, 26 Feb 2011 17:07:00 EST

Dear Amy: My husband has a habit of undoing things that I do for my son. For instance, if I pick out a certain outfit for our son that my husband doesn't like, he will make the child re-dress with clothes he likes better. If I comb my son's hair, he will re-comb it in a different way. My husband'...

Ask Amy: Boss of Last Resort Rampages Through Town

Sat, 26 Feb 2011 16:56:00 EST

Dear Amy: I live in a very small resort town and work for a major hotel. In the last couple months our current general manager has made abusive comments to me and six female co-workers. He has also demoted women for no clear reason. These matters were brought up to the human resources department....

Ask Amy: College Student Frets About Friend's Drinking

Thu, 24 Feb 2011 20:26:01 EST

Dear Amy: I am a college student. Lately I've been very worried about a friend of mine. He used to be "addicted to alcohol" (his words), and for a while he stopped drinking. Recently he went to a party and started drinking again and now he wants to get drunk every weekend night. He doesn't seem t...

Ask Amy: To wait or not to wait -- that is the question

Tue, 22 Feb 2011 17:07:00 EST

Dear Amy: My first real relationship was when I was 18. The relationship got serious quickly, but I still made him wait several months before sleeping with him. Now I'm 22 and on the brink of a new relationship. I'm wondering, is it a sign of immaturity if I make a guy wait a longer time than the...

Ask Amy: Secret namesake reveals childhood crush

Sat, 19 Feb 2011 16:13:00 EST

Dear Amy: My husband has a sister who was born while he was in junior high school. His parents allowed him to name the baby. He had a crush on a classmate at the time, and named his little sister after the classmate. However, he never told the classmate he had done so. They never became close and...

Ask Amy: Facebook Creates Unfriendly Dilemma

Fri, 18 Feb 2011 20:25:01 EST

Dear Amy: I have been friends with a woman for most of my life. We lived across the street from each other growing up, and through the years we have kept in touch with annual Christmas cards. We haven't seen each other or spoken personally in many years. Last year, her 15-year-old daughter "Julia...

Ask Amy: Single Man Has a Mommy Problem

Thu, 17 Feb 2011 20:20:01 EST

Dear Amy: I'm a 27-year-old, well-educated man with a good job and plans for an even better future. I have many friends and a pretty good life. I'm single and it doesn't bother me at all, though I don't plan on being single forever. However, the fact that I'm single bothers my mother. I generally...

Ask Amy: Birthday extravaganza leaves mom fuming

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 17:55:01 EST

Dear Amy: We just celebrated my daughter's first birthday with a wonderful party at a lovely catering hall. We had live entertainment, food, an open bar for the adults, flowers, balloons, favors - you name it! I spent months planning for this party to make it a perfect event. This is my third chi...

Ask Amy: Dad disowns daughter over boyfriend

Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:58:00 EST

Dear Amy: Our sweet, beautiful 21-year-old daughter is a senior in college and will be graduating this spring. She is immature and looks younger than her age. She has not made the best choices in boyfriends in the past.

Ask Amy: Tweeted ire leads to employee fire

Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:37:00 EST

Dear Amy: This week I was fired from a customer service job. I had only been at the job for three weeks. The incident leading to my firing happened when I was exhausted and caught off guard by a very young customer who was angry about an answer I gave her. I was not at my best but tried to steer ...

Ask Amy: Some Couples Are Happy Together, Living Apart

Mon, 14 Feb 2011 17:48:00 EST

Dear Readers: Happy Valentine's Day! I've decided to celebrate this romantic holiday by featuring relationship stories with a twist. Recently, I ran a letter from "Ms. Independent," a middle-age, financially secure woman with children who is contemplating a second marriage. Ms. Independent and he...

Ask Amy: Co-worker is burdened with colleague's addiction

Sat, 12 Feb 2011 15:05:00 EST

Dear Amy: I recently started a new job. A colleague also started working here at roughly the same time. This colleague recently shared with me information about a personal addiction that is likely interfering with her job performance. Separately, my supervisor shared with me his concerns that my ...

Tween Romance Doesn't Follow Script

Fri, 11 Feb 2011 20:37:01 EST

Dear Amy: I am an eighth-grade girl. Today at school a boy who likes me asked me out in front of all his friends and my friends. I said yes to be polite. Then after everybody left, I pulled him aside and told him privately that I only like him as a friend and that was it. His face and eyes got red.

Ask Amy: Significant Other Becomes Insignificant

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 20:07:00 EST

Dear Amy: I have lived with my significant other, "Martin," for 16 years. We own a house together. The past few years, I have tried to tell him we were growing apart, but he never believed we were. Recently, a woman he dated 30 years ago e-mailed him. They began an online and phone relationship. ...

Ask Amy: Mom feels undermined by the kindness of strangers

Thu, 10 Feb 2011 17:17:01 EST

Dear Amy: As a parent of three young children, I try to teach them basic manners in public, such as taking only one treat or toy when offered, not destroying the displays of trinkets at checkout counters and not running in stores. At the same time I am busy insisting that my kids behave well, whe...

Ask Amy: They're not locked in a morally upright position

Wed, 09 Feb 2011 18:09:00 EST

Dear Amy: I am a 34-year-old airline steward. When we fly into a city, the airline provides housing in hotels for airline staff. I meet a lot of people on the road and in my line of work. What is so amazing to me is that a never-ending parade of very attractive, intelligent, personable, warm and ...

Ask Amy: Roommate creates unhealthy triangle

Tue, 08 Feb 2011 18:07:00 EST

Dear Amy: I'm 25 years old, and I've happily been with my boyfriend for the last six years. We moved in together last February and took on a roommate. Originally, it was to be my partner and me, but the third person needed some roommates. I knew she was a lonely character before we signed our lea...

Ask Amy: Don't be bullied into Facebook 'friendship'

Mon, 07 Feb 2011 11:41:00 EST

Dear Amy: I am wondering if anyone has had an experience like mine on Facebook - and I wonder what the proper response should be.

Ask Amy: Friend Wonders If She Should 'Tattle'

Fri, 04 Feb 2011 20:33:00 EST

Dear Amy: I recently saw a friend of my husband's out with another woman. The friend knew I had seen him with this woman and we passed each other without him stopping to acknowledge me or introduce me. I did not say anything to him, either. I know his wife and their kids, but I don't know them we...

Ask Amy: Boyfriend stuck in low-rent saga

Wed, 02 Feb 2011 17:48:00 EST

Dear Amy: My boyfriend has been living with his roommate/good friend for less than a year. A couple of months into living together, his roommate started seeing their neighbor. Soon she began staying with the guys every day and night, even when they were both at work. This neighbor doesn't have a ...

Ask Amy: Wife finds husband's problems inconceivable

Tue, 01 Feb 2011 17:48:00 EST

Dear Amy: My husband and I have been married for seven years. We have been trying to conceive a child for the past six years. I have had two procedures done and my doctor says I'm healthy and should not have any trouble conceiving a baby. We both really want to start a family, but it seems as if ...

Ask Amy: Girlfriend's anger needs better management

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:52:01 EST

Dear Amy: My boyfriend and I have been together for almost a year and a half. I am happy in our relationship for the most part - except one major thing. I have borderline personality disorder, which means I feel extreme highs and lows due to a very tough and painful past. The extreme emotion I fe...

Ask Amy: Girlfriend's Anger Needs Better Management

Mon, 31 Jan 2011 21:51:01 EST

Dear Amy: My boyfriend and I have been together for almost a year and a half. I am happy in our relationship for the most part - except one major thing. I have borderline personality disorder, which means I feel extreme highs and lows due to a very tough and painful past. The extreme emotion I fe...

Ask Amy: Stepmother Upset Over Cradle Robber

Sun, 30 Jan 2011 18:01:00 EST

Dear Amy: I have a stepson who recently proposed to his girlfriend of four years. They plan to get married. Normally, I wouldn't have a problem with this, but she is 42 and he just turned 29. She has been married before and has no children. My stepson has never been married and said he doesn't wa...

Ask Amy: Grandparents worried about son's divorce

Sat, 29 Jan 2011 17:23:00 EST

Dear Amy: My son is going through an acrimonious divorce. My husband and I have bent over backward to be supportive to our son. There are two small grandsons involved. I am very concerned about our losing access to the grandsons. My daughter-in-law comes from a family where there have been severa...

Ask Amy: Mother-in-Law's Mashing Grosses Out Family

Fri, 28 Jan 2011 20:03:01 EST

Dear Amy: My husband and I have been happily married for two years. His family has welcomed me with open arms, and I am grateful for their kindness and enjoy their company. The problem is my mother-in-law's cooking. She does not wash her hands! I have caught her putting her fingers in food, licki...

Ask Amy: Grandma undermines mom's sex education

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 20:00:01 EST

Grandma Undermines Mom's Sex Education Dear Amy: A few days ago my 14-year-old daughter came to me and said she has been considering having sex with her boyfriend. We sat down and talked for a couple of hours about birth control and safe sex practices, and decided together that she should wait si...

Ask Amy: Mean girls might be spawn of mean moms

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 18:42:00 EST

Ask Amy: Mysterious IM leads to wild Googlechase

Tue, 25 Jan 2011 18:06:01 EST

Dear Amy: At the end of my workday recently, I received an instant message that said, "Hey, sexy." There are very few people I know who would IM me that, even jokingly. I wrote back, "Who is this?" then the person immediately got offline. I Googled the screen name and in the list of results from ...

Ask Amy: Getting husband to talk is serious business

Sun, 23 Jan 2011 18:53:00 EST

Dear Amy: It is very difficult to talk to my husband about serious topics. For instance, the other day we tried discussing if we are going to have children.

Ask Amy: Employment Search Frustrates All Parties

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 18:08:00 EST

Dear Amy: Your response and reaction to "Perplexed in Maryland" were disappointing. We, the unemployed, already have plenty of so-called experts offering us advice on how to search for a new job. Any defense you and other people offer for poor business practices, such as not getting back to appli...

Ask Amy: 'Fun grandma' doesn't play nice

Fri, 21 Jan 2011 17:23:00 EST

Dear Amy: My husband and I have a 4-year-old daughter. She is my mother-in-law's only grandchild. My mother-in-law baby-sits her for an afternoon each week. This is a very nice offer and arrangement that we greatly appreciate. Unfortunately, she insists on being what she calls "the fun grandma." ...

Ask Amy: Associate's drinking affects her business

Thu, 20 Jan 2011 19:34:00 EST

Dear Amy: I suspect that a woman with whom I have a professional relationship has a serious drinking problem. I believe her drinking has cost her at least one customer, and I am afraid she is jeopardizing her entire business. I'm worried that if I confront her about this problem, it will destroy ...

Ask Amy: Girlfriend Walked on the Wild Side

Wed, 19 Jan 2011 19:43:01 EST

Girlfriend Walked on the Wild Side Dear Amy: I have been dating "Connie" for six months. She is by far the best girlfriend I have ever had. She is comfortable in her own skin and accepts me as I am.

Ask Amy: As the new year advances, so do resolutions

Tue, 18 Jan 2011 12:39:01 EST

Dear Readers: In my New Year's Day column, I shared my resolution for the new year and asked readers to do the same. Scores of readers responded. We are now a couple of weeks into the year, when resolve typically starts to wane. I hope that reading these responses will inspire people to stick to ...

Ask Amy: Loving couple wants to put a wall between them

Mon, 17 Jan 2011 18:12:00 EST

Dear Amy: My boyfriend and I have been dating for almost five years. We are middle age, well educated and financially secure. We are deeply in love and completely committed to each other. Between us, we have four children from previous marriages. His two are out of the house and my two are teenag...

Ask Amy: Fiancee wants to avoid evil-stepmother syndrome

Sun, 16 Jan 2011 15:42:00 EST

Dear Amy: My fiance and his 12-year-old son recently moved in with me, and I want to set some household boundaries without coming across like an evil stepmom. My stepson-to-be is a good kid, but doesn't do the little things around the house that I would like him to do, like pushing in his chair a...

Ask Amy: Reformed gambler deals with wife's addiction

Fri, 14 Jan 2011 20:14:00 EST

Dear Amy: My wife and I got into big trouble because of our gambling. We had to file for bankruptcy due to credit card debt. We got a divorce over it all. I was left to pay back $13,000 and went to a gamblers rehab. We ended up getting remarried with the understanding we both go to rehab. She qui...

Ask Amy: Can a hostess ignore her early-rising house guest?

Thu, 13 Jan 2011 17:51:00 EST

Dear Amy: I am living with the man I expect to marry, and we have a wonderful relationship. His folks live in another city, and when they come to visit (about three times a year) they stay in our guest room. We enjoy their company for the most part, but there is one problem. I work a full-time jo...

Ask Amy: Host sleeps in while guest gets busy

Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:28:00 EST

Dear Amy: I am living with the man I expect to marry, and we have a wonderful relationship. His folks live in another city, and when they come to visit (about three times a year) they stay in our guest room. We enjoy their company for the most part, but there is one problem.

Ask Amy: Wife Says No to Starring in Peep Show

Tue, 11 Jan 2011 12:15:00 EST

Dear Amy: My husband and I have been married for more than 30 years. This year for Christmas we received a great little video camera. You can imagine my surprise when, after some holiday cheer followed by some holiday "whoopee," he disclosed that he had hidden the camera and filmed our sexual enc...

Ask Amy: Couple at odds over cleaning for guests

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 17:45:00 EST

Dear Amy: It is my firm belief that my house is not a hotel. My house is my house! Whenever we have company, my wife insists that we spend a lot of time and energy cleaning the house before our guests arrive. She nags me incessantly, even when I tell her I'll get it done. I think we should show p...

Ask Amy: If you're rethinking marriage, it's best to wait

Sun, 09 Jan 2011 21:23:00 EST

Dear Amy: I've been with the same woman for almost two years. We're both 37 and have never been married.

Ask Amy: Abused daughter keeps distance from mom

Sat, 08 Jan 2011 17:44:00 EST

Dear Amy: I'm a 41-year-old only child, and my entire life my mother was verbally and emotionally abusive.

Disorderly Home Life Creates Problems for Kids

Thu, 06 Jan 2011 19:58:01 EST

Dear Amy: Six months ago, I got drunk and woke up in bed with another man. My fiance was yelling at him. It has been hard, but I quit drinking, got counseling and made it my purpose in life to be a better mother and partner. I had been unhappy for years because my fiance never goes anywhere with ...

Ask Amy: Grandparents Are Not Feeling Like Rock Stars

Wed, 05 Jan 2011 19:51:01 EST

Dear Amy: My son dated and subsequently married a divorced woman with a daughter, "Chelsea," who is now 13 years old. When we became aware of this child in his life, we sent her $100 gifts for her birthday (late October) and for Christmas. We've done this for the past five years. My son is the CP...

Ask Amy: Employment etiquette not up to snuff

Mon, 03 Jan 2011 17:27:00 EST

Dear Amy: I have had two interviews with a company - one by phone and the other in person. I sent a note of thanks and asked what the next steps would be. The response was that the company was regrouping and they would get back to me the following week. Well, they never did. Obviously, I didn't g...

Ask Amy: Married friends travel in pairs

Sun, 02 Jan 2011 17:24:00 EST

Dear Amy: I have two sets of married friends whom I've been close to for more than 20 years. We all live in the same neighborhood and are all friends, traveling together and spending vacations together, etc. I got divorced five years ago and am now single. These two couples do a lot of things tog...

Ask Amy: Bride ponders inviting her mystery sister

Sat, 01 Jan 2011 20:34:00 EST

Dear Amy: I am getting married in about five months. As I am finalizing the guest list, I am starting to wonder about some "extended" family. My father was married before my mother. He had four children with his previous wife. They are all much older than me. We have always lived on opposite coas...

Ask Amy: Sisters' Reconciliation Great Start to New Year

Fri, 31 Dec 2010 19:02:00 EST

Sisters' Reconciliation Great Start to New Year Dear Amy: I'm writing in response to "Sad Sister," who wants to reconcile with her sister after growing up as the bully sibling. I had the same relationship with my younger sister, only she was the bully and I the victim. Our parents did everything ...

Ask Amy: Girlfriend Needs to Learn to Fight Fair

Thu, 30 Dec 2010 20:11:01 EST

Dear Amy: My girlfriend and I have been together for more than five years. We have grown a lot and gotten past the immaturity of our early 20s. We used to fight constantly, but now our fights are so rare that I would say we have a great relationship with great communication. My girlfriend can say...

Ask Amy: Girlfriend plays emotional ping-pong

Thu, 30 Dec 2010 17:11:00 EST

Dear Amy: I've been with my boyfriend for more than two years, and the whole time I have been with him his family has seemed to pick and choose when they want to like me.

Ask Amy: Family Prefers PhD to Pole Dancer

Wed, 29 Dec 2010 17:20:00 EST

Dear Amy: Last year our 25-year-old son divorced after a brief marriage. It has been a difficult time for him, but he is an emotionally healthy person.

Ask Amy: Husband is uncomfortable when his wife is in the mood in other people's houses

Tue, 28 Dec 2010 23:04:00 EST

Dear Amy: My wife and I are in our late 50s and have moved around the country several times over the years.

Ask Amy: Parents Argue While Kitchen Burns

Mon, 27 Dec 2010 19:11:00 EST

Dear Amy: My husband and I are having an argument and need an outside opinion.

Ask Amy: High School Friendship is Awkward Now

Sun, 26 Dec 2010 02:06:00 EST

Dear Amy: Back when I was in high school, I was in a very close group of friends that included "Trevor," a guy who was dating another of my close friends, "Lauren."

Ask Amy: Exploring the Perils of Footwear and Fandom

Sat, 25 Dec 2010 18:00:00 EST

Dear Amy: I have a problem with my 80-year-old mother.

Ask Amy: Mother's Constant Calls Smother Daughter

Fri, 24 Dec 2010 23:42:00 EST

Dear Amy: I am a busy stay-at-home mom to two young children.

Ask Amy: Neighbors like to drive with a buzz on

Wed, 22 Dec 2010 19:35:01 EST

Dear Amy: At a recent neighborhood gathering, one of the couples (childless, late 30s) revealed that when they go out for nice dinners, they usually have two or three cocktails at home just prior to leaving their house.

Ask Amy: Mom needs to put her Christmas wishes higher on the list

Tue, 21 Dec 2010 00:00:00 EST

Dear Amy: I am a happily married mother of two children, ages 12 and 16.