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  • Adult daughter of alcoholic continues to struggle

    Adult daughter of alcoholic continues to struggle

    Dear Amy: I am an adult professional woman with two teenage children. I am divorced and the survivor of an abusive alcoholic mother. I have been through years of counseling and have struggled with anxiety my entire life. My relationship with my mother has always been my burden. As my children have...

  • Daughter wants to shut down parental insults

    Daughter wants to shut down parental insults

    Dear Amy: When I was growing up, my father called me terrible names, almost always centered on insulting my intelligence (calling me "stupid," a "nitwit," etc.). When I did well in college, he questioned how challenging my school was. My mother also insulted me, usually about my appearance (calling...

  • New college student needs a course in friendship

    New college student needs a course in friendship

    Dear Amy: I just started college and I'm living in a dorm for the first time in my life. This has exacerbated a problem that I've had my whole life. I'm not sure if I'm antisocial or asocial (or what), but I have a hard time making friends. I came to college with a group of friends from high school....

  • Friend wants to deliver elder assessment

    Friend wants to deliver elder assessment

    Dear Amy: When my late father was ill, I always appreciated hearing comments from friends who visited dad, since I didn't live with him. It helped me adjust the level of care and change what I did for him. RELATED: TRENDING LIFE & STYLE NEWS THIS HOUR I've had two occasions during which I noticed...

  • Protective brother wakes up to terrible surprise

    Protective brother wakes up to terrible surprise

    Dear Amy: My younger sister and I are young adults. We are extremely close and have many mutual friends. She is educated, attractive, successful, single and often regarded as the type to take no nonsense from guys. I am sometimes regarded as the slightly overprotective older brother. This past...

  • Woman may have caught online 'catfish'

    Woman may have caught online 'catfish'

    Dear Amy: I recently started dating again after 10 years. I met this guy five years ago on an online video game. He has suddenly gotten in touch with me after five years and has confessed that he's been in love with me the whole time. I was shocked. I have never been the one to clue in when someone...

  • Sister doesn't seem like family. Is she?

    Sister doesn't seem like family. Is she?

    Dear Amy: I have a younger sister, "Tammy," who was very cruel to me when we were growing up. Because of her abuse, I left home at 17, and since that time have grown out of the self-hate that she drilled into me. I've built a very strong network of friends who I now think of as my family. I have...

  • Mom on play date worried about toddler

    Mom on play date worried about toddler

    Dear Amy: I am the parent of a 2-year-old, and I have regular play dates with several other moms and their toddlers. One of these friends has a toddler, "Jimmy," who seems to exhibit many of the early signs of being on the autism spectrum. The other moms and I have wondered for many months if Jimmy's...

  • Husbands are suddenly denied access to grandkids

    Husbands are suddenly denied access to grandkids

    Dear Amy: I am a gay man. My husband and I are legally married and have been together for 20 years. We were both married to women previously, and we both have children. Our kids are older now and are having children of their own. We love our grandchildren dearly and love spending time with them....

  • Sudden crush is not the stuff dreams are made of

    Sudden crush is not the stuff dreams are made of

    Dear Amy: I have developed an unwanted, sudden and unexpected attraction to my boss. This attraction came out of nowhere. I just went to sleep one night and I had this slightly erotic, mostly fluffy and romantic dream about her. Now I have these fantasies about her, and I just want them to stop....

  • Daughter learns father's will leaves her out

    Daughter learns father's will leaves her out

    Dear Amy: During a recent visit with my father (age 75) and my stepmother (age 64), my father informed me that I would be the executor of his will. His will states that in the event of his death, everything would go to his wife (not my mother), and subsequently, upon her death, anything remaining...

  • Scorned woman now faces taking care of ex

    Scorned woman now faces taking care of ex

    Dear Amy: My mother is 63. She just ended a tumultuous three-year relationship with a man who cheated on her, lied to her and stole money from her. This is her first long-term relationship since my father died of complications from Lewy body dementia with Parkinson's more than six years ago. RELATED:...

  • Baby-sitting gig raises questions for sitter

    Baby-sitting gig raises questions for sitter

    Dear Amy: I am a 17-year-old high school senior. I'm the oldest of three siblings (one 14, one 12), whom I've been "baby-sitting" for years now. Recently, I went on my first job baby-sitting for strangers. This is a family that lives in a posh gated community in our area, whose kids are the same...

  • Mom confused when preschool son plans same-sex wedding

    Mom confused when preschool son plans same-sex wedding

    Dear Amy: My 4-year-old son came home from preschool one day and explained how one of the other children has "two uncles" and how men can marry each other. My son and I talked about how it's very uncommon but does happen, and I left it at that. He's only 4, and our family believes that consenting...

  • Woman creeped-out by family member's come-on

    Woman creeped-out by family member's come-on

    Dear Amy: After a recent family gathering, I received a series of disturbing emails through Messenger on Facebook from my brother-in-law of 19 years. First, he stated that he would like to "talk apart from family gatherings" because he wanted to "get more of a feel for who you are as a person."...

  • Birth Mother's broken promises upset daughter

    Birth Mother's broken promises upset daughter

    Dear Amy: We adopted our daughter "Laura" as a newborn. She is now in college. Laura located her birth mother, "Cassie," two years ago. Cassie lives about 45 minutes from our home and is now married with children. Cassie emails Laura frequently. She asks about school, offers advice and always asks...

  • Grieving girl seeks solace after loss

    Grieving girl seeks solace after loss

    Dear Amy: I am an 11-year-old girl. My father recently passed away. I am very mature for my age and have an autistic brother. I feel as if I should take care of my brother during these hard times. I'm also worried that my mom will remarry and that I'll have a stepfather because before my father...

  • Teen wants to stop Skyping, start visiting

    Teen wants to stop Skyping, start visiting

    Dear Amy: I turned 16 this summer, but I have gotten into a state of disagreement with my mother on a single issue. Like with many other guys my age, a great deal of strife tends to surface over relationships. That's my problem too. For nearly two years I've kept in touch with a girl from Georgia....

  • Wife wants to move because of big city blues

    Wife wants to move because of big city blues

    Dear Amy: My wife and I recently relocated from a small town in New Mexico to a city in another state. We both wanted to get out of the small town and improve our quality of life. Unfortunately, soon after buying a home here, my wife began thinking that we made a mistake. She wants to go back to...

  • Friend becomes possessive regarding friend's romance

    Friend becomes possessive regarding friend's romance

    Dear Amy: I'm in a happy, long-term relationship with my boyfriend. We are truly soul mates and plan on buying a house soon. After I complete my degree, we plan to get married. My best friend is single and several years older than I am. RELATED: TRENDING LIFE & STYLE NEWS THIS HOUR She makes a...

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