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Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Dear Abby:

My husband and I have been married for 2 1/2 years, and ever since we came home from the honeymoon we have had an ongoing argument. When no one is home, I like to bathe with the bathroom door open because that way I can listen to television while I'm in the tub.

My husband constantly complains that his married kids might walk into the house and catch me bathing. I feel that since they don't live here, they should not walk in, and if they do, it's their problem and it probably won't happen again. Please help settle this.

"Bubbles" in Idaho

If the situation were reversed, I'm sure your husband's "children" would be nonplused if you walked into their homes without notice and caught them in the act of bathing -- or worse. They shouldn't be entering your house without first calling to see if a visit is convenient. Settle the argument by installing deadbolt locks on your front and back doors and using them when you don't want to be interrupted.

Dear Abby:

I am a 13-year-old girl, and I have a little brother, "David," who is 9. David is a real pest. He goes through my bras and underwear, and walks in when I'm taking a shower or dressing. (And yes, the door is closed.) I have tried telling him -- and shouting at him -- to stop and give me some privacy, but whenever I or my parents do, he doesn't get the point. He doesn't mean any harm -- but it's quite childish, isn't it?

Please help me. I'm sure it'll help other readers my age, too.

Fed-Up Sister, Haifa, Israel

Your brother isn't a baby anymore and neither are you. He may mean no harm, but at 9, he's old enough to respect other people's property and privacy.

Because neither you nor your parents can make David understand that these intrusions are rude and an invasion of privacy, ask your parents to install locks on the doors of the bathroom and your bedroom. He may be just a child, but you're a big girl now.

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby athttp://www.DearAbby.comor P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, Calif. 90069.

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