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Our teen keeps immediately checking texts. How do we stop him?

He thinks our arguments about phones and texting are out of touch with today’s youth. I am not sure how to find common ground on this issue.

By Meghan LeahyFebruary 8, 2023
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Ask Amy: My cheating father tried to attend my mom’s funeral

A letter writer’s father cheated on their mother and treated her horribly during their divorce, but still tried to attend her funeral.

By Amy DickinsonFebruary 8, 2023
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Miss Manners: My friend gave me a gift made by someone who bullies me

Letter writer wonders if they should tell their friend that her friend is a mean bully.

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina MartinFebruary 8, 2023
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Carolyn Hax: Withhold late mother’s ‘unhappy’ journals from siblings?

One sibling has unearthed their late mother's "unhappy" journals, and weighs keeping them from the other siblings.

By Carolyn HaxFebruary 8, 2023
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Carolyn Hax: Parent searches for the upsides of having an only child

A parent with secondary infertility struggles to see the upsides of having only one child.

By Carolyn HaxFebruary 7, 2023
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Ask Amy: My husband’s social media presence uncovered a possible family secret

A letter writer’s husband has a big social media presence, and one of his posts led to a possible relative reaching out.

By Amy DickinsonFebruary 7, 2023
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Miss Manners: My wife accepted two Super Bowl party invites

Letter writer thinks it’s rude to try to go two parties in one night.

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina MartinFebruary 7, 2023
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Ask Amy: My partner wants me to stop being friends with my ex

The letter-writer’s partner doesn’t want him to be friends with his ex, but he doesn’t want to drop the friendship.

By Amy DickinsonFebruary 6, 2023
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Carolyn Hax: Family treasures in ‘storage’ actually went to the dump

When their parents' move to assisted living forced a quick clean-out, one sister agreed to "store" the furniture — at a landfill.

By Carolyn HaxFebruary 6, 2023
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Miss Manners: Should I send a Valentine’s Day card to a man I haven’t met?

Should this married letter-writer send a Valentine's card to a man with a high-profile public image?

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina MartinFebruary 6, 2023
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Ask Amy: My sister emailed my ex about my weight

A reader is tired of their sister incessantly commenting on their weight.

By Amy DickinsonFebruary 5, 2023
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Carolyn Hax: Mom thinks their stepdad’s death will mend rift with kids

A mother thinks her kids will be close to her again when their "jerk" stepfather dies, but her children have other ideas.

By Carolyn HaxFebruary 5, 2023
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Carolyn Hax: Stepparent is off the wedding guest list, per ex’s orders

Stepdaughter excludes stepparent of more than 10 years from her wedding guest list, saying it's because of her mother.

By Carolyn HaxFebruary 4, 2023
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Miss Manners: They ask, I say no. Suddenly, they’re ‘just joking.’

A reader is annoyed by friends and family pretending they were “just joking” when the answer to a request is no.

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina MartinFebruary 4, 2023
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Ask Amy: My friend is taking advantage of our offer to give her rides

A reader’s friend fell onto hard times and they offered to give her rides when she needed. Now, they feel like they’re being taken advantage of.

By Amy DickinsonFebruary 4, 2023
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Carolyn Hax: What kind of friend gives a weight-loss book as a gift?

What possesses a friend to give a weight-loss book as a gift? This letter-writer wants to tell her how much it hurt.

By Carolyn HaxFebruary 3, 2023
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Miss Manners: Solo diner feels shamed by host’s ‘just one?’ question

A frequent solo diner doesn’t like it when restaurant hosts ask him, “Just one?”

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina MartinFebruary 3, 2023
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Ask Amy: Grandma-to-be doesn’t want to host baby shower for unmarried couple

She thinks her son and his pregnant girlfriend should be married and doesn’t want to throw them a baby shower.

By Amy DickinsonFebruary 3, 2023
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Ask Sahaj: He wants kids, but I don’t. Should we break up?

She has two kids already and isn’t interested in having more. Her boyfriend initially said he didn’t want kids, but now he’s changed his mind.

By Sahaj Kaur KohliFebruary 2, 2023
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Ask Amy: Veteran struggles with PTSD, addiction and wife’s affair

A veteran struggles with the affair his wife had during his struggles with PTSD and addiction.

By Amy DickinsonFebruary 2, 2023