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Parents at odds with children over gender change

Dear Annie: We have two children and a 13-year-old grandson. Two years ago, our 48-year-old unmarried son very reluctantly told us that he has been diagnosed with gender identity disorder and considers himself to be female. This came as a complete surprise, but we decided to support her wholeheartedly, and we find her to be much happier than before.

May 11, 2012 | | Dear Annie


Fiancé shows immature traits before wedding

Dear Annie: I am getting married in May. My fiancé, "Stan," didn't like his last job, so my brother hired him. Stan has been working there for a year.

March 14, 2012 | | Dear Annie


Dear Annie for Jan. 27, 2012

Dear Annie: I am a bartender and waitress at a small local restaurant. We recently worked a big party that included drinks and a three-course meal. When it came time to pay, the customer left us a fairly large tip.

January 27, 2012 | | Dear Annie


Grandmother concerned about child’s health risks

Dear Annie: My pregnant granddaughter smokes. She has switched to electronic cigarettes, telling her husband that these are completely safe and will not affect the baby in any way. She also claims there is no danger of secondhand smoke.

January 23, 2012 | | Dear Annie


Volunteer concerned services are being abused

Dear Annie: Four months ago, I joined a nonprofit that provides free tutoring and homework help to elementary-school kids. When I started, the kids coming into our center were from low-income minority and immigrant families. These were kids who would be home alone all afternoon if they didn't come to us.

January 16, 2012 | | Dear Annie


Dear Annie for Jan. 4, 2012

Dear Annie: I have been married to "Horace" for less than a year. This is his second marriage. His prior marriage was to his high school girlfriend, and they have two children together.

January 04, 2012 | | Dear Annie


Controlling MIL blames wife for ruining relationship with husband, grandchild

Dear Annie: My mother lives by herself. I have not spent a great deal of time with her, but now that she is aging, I feel guilty for not being around. Mom doesn't have any friends, and my siblings barely speak to her. She is a difficult woman.

December 30, 2011 | | Dear Annie


Dear Annie for Dec. 21, 2011

Dear Annie: I usually do the cooking in the house, but occasionally, my husband likes to surprise me by preparing a meal. I'm glad he wants to relieve me of the kitchen duties, but he has a bad habit of wrecking my cookware.

December 21, 2011 | | Dear Annie


Parents deal with racism from family

Dear Annie: My husband and I adopted our daughter at birth. When my mother-in-law found out that "Amanda" is biracial, she informed my husband that we were no longer welcome in her home. Initially, she admitted it was simple racism, but now she says it's because she can never accept a child "not of my own blood." When our daughter was 3, Mom visited and told Amanda that she was a "friend," not a relative.

December 12, 2011 | | Dear Annie


A poem by Robinson in tribute to Veterans Day

Dear Readers: Today is Veterans Day. In honor of our veterans, here is a piece written by John Alton Robinson of West Monroe, La.

November 11, 2011 | | Dear Annie


Wife tired of refereeing husband, mother arguments

Dear Annie: I have been married to "George" for more than 20 years. For most of this time, there has been tension (to put it mildly) between my husband and my mother. He rubs her the wrong way, she snipes at him, and he snipes back. I've had several conversations with them over the years, asking them to be more tolerant of each other, if only for my sake. That works for a while, but eventually, they return to their old ways.

October 28, 2011 | | Dear Annie


Mom won’t let grandma put pictures of children on Facebook

Dear Annie: Yesterday, our daughter-in-law announced that she did not want pictures of her children posted on Facebook. My wife is beside herself, saying that "Mary" has no right to do this.

October 17, 2011 | | Dear Annie


Mother worries about lethargic, 26-year-old son

Dear Annie: My 26-year-old son graduated two years ago from a terrific university. During college, he lived on his own and had a girlfriend, but just before graduation, they broke up. My son had a hard time coping, and when he graduated, he came back to live at home.

October 05, 2011 | | Dear Annie


Footing the bill for unwanted house guest

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Dear Annie: I have been a single mother for 20 years. Four months ago, I was talked into letting one of my daughter's friends stay with us while her parents searched for a new home in another state. They agreed to pay me a monthly stipend for their daughter's expenses. This has not happened. I received one check, and that ...

September 12, 2011 | | Dear Annie


Real world doesn't offer the same atmosphere as college

Dear Annie: I had a fabulous time in college. I was president of my sorority, a peer mentor at our advising center and active in many organizations. I also was granted many awards and honors. I loved rushing around with little sleep and juggling many things on my plate. Now my life is a different story.

August 24, 2011 | | Dear Annie


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