Dear Amy: I want out of my marriage, but I have a darling 5-year-old daughter and don’t want to ruin her life by leaving her dad. I am also terrified at being financially ruined, since we live in California, a community property state.
Dear Amy: I have been mentoring a young woman for about five years at my current company. I was instrumental in hiring her at this job (as well as her previous position). I am a fashion designer and have made gowns for many top celebrities.
Dear Amy: I have very strong feelings for a guy. I’m starting to fall in love with him! He and I have gotten really close over the last few months. We are basically great friends who have both admitted to having feelings for each other.
Dear Amy: I have been dating a guy for about 2 1/2 years. A recurring fight that we have is over one of his friends. I get along with all of his friends, and after all this time I consider them to be my friends, too, except for the group’s only female member.
Dear Amy: I am lucky enough to have my adult bachelor son (in his 30s) live near me. His father and I are in our late 60s, both self-employed, and have no retirement savings. It was always my dream to have an “equal marriage,” have my own career and be financially independent, but because of the stressful nature of my husband’s business and limited employment opportunities where we live, I ended up working part time and being a support person for the family instead.
Dear Amy: At a play group recently with my toddler son, another mother with whom I am acquainted (but not close to) mentioned in the course of conversation that she washed her 5-year-old’s mouth out with soap to curb his lying. She obviously thought it was no big deal.