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Heartbroken woman receives abuse at home

Dear Amy: I recently experienced a terrible heartbreak. This has changed the way I view the world (and myself), and I find myself having trouble trusting other people. Basically, it’s been a very tough time for me emotionally.

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Man with reunion crush wants to connect

Dear Amy: I never thought I’d be writing to an advice columnist, but I am recently divorced. My wife and I were separated for years, so my non-relationship time is quite long. I don’t date and had no intention of looking for another relationship.

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Mom can help lovesick teen become Wonder Woman

Dear Amy: I have a lovely daughter who just turned 13. She’s happy, smart, kind and caring. During the last school year (seventh grade) she asked if she could date a boy. At first I said “no.” Then she insisted that it would only be a simple silly “kid dating” thing, and I then allowed it. Fast-forward to six months later, and things have changed.

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Gambling addict has family in hock

Dear Amy: My mother-in-law has a gambling addiction. She gambles away her and her husband’s incomes, and takes out payday loans. We are constantly barraged with calls from debt collectors looking for her; she has stolen money from people (including her own children); she has gambled away land that had been in her family for more than 100 years; she has taken out a credit card in my husband’s name and not paid it, putting a huge black mark on his previously impeccable credit.

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Grandma sends granddaughter home with invoice

Dear Amy: I sent a check for $300 to my mother to cover my daughter’s expenses during her visit. Upon my daughter’s return, my mother sent me an invoice for $475.50 for additional expenses, including the cost of gas to and from the airport to transport her (45 minutes away), train tickets to go to the city to a museum, and the cost of the museum admission. It was an itemized bill.

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Parents wonder why DIL doesn’t like them

Dear Amy: I have four adult children and three grandchildren. They all live 2.5 hours away and have very successful, fulfilling lives. My husband and I couldn’t be prouder. They usually call every week or so and I send an occasional text or email. The problem is our daughter-in-law, who wants nothing to do with us. She is the mother of our only grandchildren. She refuses to visit, especially on the holidays. When we visit, she is pleasant, but seems to barely tolerate us.

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Family is worried about online ‘catfish’

Dear Amy: My niece is a lovely young woman. My daughter and I are very close to her. I have often acted in a motherly fashion to her while she was growing up and she was a bridesmaid in my daughter’s wedding. We speak to her regularly and, although she lives in another state, we see her whenever possible. She is an adult in her mid-30s. She is beautiful, sweet, intelligent, and has a wonderful boyfriend and a good job.

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