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Daughter ponders not inviting mother to her wedding

Dear Amy: My mother and I have a difficult relationship. She has some serious mental issues. She has seen a few psychologists throughout her life, but once the therapy starts to bring up things my mother does not like or agree with, she calls them crazy and quits.

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Husband sends marriage to the dogs

Dear Amy: Shortly after my husband and I began dating, he bought a large-breed puppy. He took the dog everywhere he went. We then moved in together, we got another small, mixed-breed dog that we hoped would keep the large dog busy, since he was always demanding my husband’s attention.

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Stepfamily excludes one sister from wedding invite

Dear Amy: My father has been married to his second wife for 14 years. I have a pretty good relationship with my dad, and initially I enjoyed a good one with his wife. Over the years, things have changed. It is not a bad relationship, but it’s just not a good one. She has two children. Initially, I went out of my way to attend events with my father’s new family and I had a good relationship with her kids.

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Airport customers get played by line cutter

Dear Amy: I recently returned from a trip. At the airport, the gate agent asked us to start lining up, since the plane had been delayed twice and he didn’t want to delay us further. We started to form the lines he indicated by what was on our boarding passes. The line I was in reached about 50 people long and went along the back wall.

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Distant son ponders difficult family gathering

Dear Amy: I am in my 60s, the oldest of four children. My relationship with my family was distant, but for the last 10 years, I’ve attended a few family events (we are now all geographically scattered), kept in touch with my two brothers and have made an effort to see my mother, who’s getting older and lives alone.

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Girlfriend worries about future mother-in-law

A woman and her boyfriend’s mother and I do not get along. From the very beginning of our relationship she has talked constantly about his exes. She will post pictures and tag them and invite them to family functions where her son and I are expected to attend.

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College student resents parental interference

Dear Amy: I am 21 years old and attend college out of state. I am lucky to go to college, except that I can’t do anything without parents’ approval. They pay for college because they refuse for me to have loans. The problem is that since they pay for my schooling, they hold everything over my head.

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