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: My father has late-stage Alzheimer’s and is in a nursing home.
Annie: My husband has adult children from his first wife. My new daughter-in-law has become quite vocal about jewelry items that I wear.
Dear Annie: I have a question and hope your advice will make me see the light. I have been dating and living with my boyfriend off and on for 12 years.
Dear Annie: I was widowed two years ago. I joined a group last year that gets out and does things together.
Is there such a thing as mobile phone etiquette? The general answer to your question is no, it is not OK for people to be on their phones while in your presence.
Dear Annie: I’m a retired man. My elderly mom lived with me for a long time, and I stayed busy with her.
Today, we’ll hear from people who didn’t have children but would if given another chance.
Today we’ll hear from parents who, if given the chance to start over, would opt not to have children.
Dear Readers: In a column last month, I posed a question: “If you had to do it all over again, would you have kids?”
Several weeks ago, someone requested that I pose a question to my readers that Ann Landers asked in 1975: “If you had to do it all over again, would you have kids?”