Advice columnist Annie Lane is a young wife and mother with a gift for helping other people solve problems. In a voice that's sympathetic, funny and firm, Lane provides common-sense solutions to life's dilemmas.
Dear Annie: I am married to a man with two children from a previous marriage.
Dear Annie: I hope you can offer a solution to my dilemma.
Dear Annie: My family (my husband, our young kids and I) vacations with two other families once or twice a year.
A man who extends his hand demanding a handshake is presumptuous and arrogant.
Dear Annie: I know I am stuck in the “old ways,” but I am trying to adapt to changing times. It is becoming very common for couples to live together before marriage.
Dear Annie: I have a friend, “Rosie,” who kicked me out to the curb (metaphorically speaking) when her sister moved into her mobile home park.
Dear Annie: My granddaughter, “Melanie,” thinks that she has a half-sister 24 years younger.
Dear Annie: I recently turned 27 and feel as if life is just passing me by. I try so many different things to find career opportunities anwd to meet other people but nothing leads to anything, and I am always stuck back at square one.
Dear Annie: On a yearly basis, my employer recognizes employees who have dedicated 10, 15, 20, etc. years of service as well as individuals who are retiring.
Dear Annie: My husband and I are in our 70s, and he is experiencing depression from lack of contact with his children.