Amy Dickenson, advice columnist for Ask Amy

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Ask Amy: Advice for the real world

In the tradition of the great personal advice columnists, the Chicago Tribune's Dickinson is a plainspoken straight shooter who relates to readers of all ages. She answers personal questions by addressing issues from both her head and her heart. A solid reporter, Dickinson researches her topics to provide readers with informed opinions and answers.

Ask Amy: Advice for the real world Samples

When should you tell the kids about a previous marriage?

DEAR AMY: My husband and I married in our mid-30s after we both had a number of serious relationships. We now have two great children ages 11 and 7 and I wonder: When is the best way to tell them their father was married before?

Roomie's infidelity drives friend up the wall

DEAR AMY: I recently found out that my roommate cheated on his girlfriend with one of our co-workers. When I confronted him about his unfaithfulness he was honest and forthcoming.

When the affair leads to marriage, is it right to celebrate?

DEAR AMY: One of my female family members -- unmarried and in her 50s -- recently disclosed to our large family that she has been having an affair with a married man for 30-plus years. Her announcement was prompted by the recent death of his wife.

Abuser and abused might meet at family wedding

DEAR AMY: Five years ago a male cousin sexually abused a younger male cousin. The abuser was just released. Do you think it is appropriate for the offender to be invited? My concern is for the victim.

Wronged husband wants to tell the other wife

DEAR AMY: My wife and I are separating after 13 years of marriage. I believe her lack of interest in working on our marital issues is tied to the fact that there is someone else already in her life, who has taken her focus away from "us."

Crowdfunding requests create conflicts for readers

DEAR AMY: Today I received an email from my 28-year-old nephew, a young man I like very much. The email outlined Tom's participation in an excursion to two gay-unfriendly countries.

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