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

Father fears stepson has been caught by a 'cougar'

DEAR AMY: I have a stepson who has been dating and living with a "cougar" since he was 23 years old. She is a nice person but I don't know why he stays with her when he is a handsome guy and a lot of girls think he looks like Bradley Cooper.

Stepdaughter's tantrums create family challenge

DEAR AMY: I have a lovely 16-year-old stepdaughter. Recently she has developed a lot of anger issues and has loud, tantrum-like outbursts where she curses out her dad and says very hurtful things to him. A month later she did it again.

Long-lost loves don't quite connect

DEAR AMY: A year ago I started a relationship with "Joe." I make him a priority in my life but he does not reciprocate, though he says I'm very important to him. At bedtime he will send a text and say, "I'm beat, going to bed, good night.

Parents wonder how to discourage teasing

DEAR AMY: My husband and I have a bright, social and engaging 5-year-old daughter.

Housekeeper has a messy marriage

DEAR AMY: For the majority of our 10 years together, my wife has been a housekeeper at various hotels. In my career, I've been fairly lucky. I have weekends and holidays off.

Bereaved woman clashes with jerk

DEAR AMY: My daughter died three years ago at age 35 of pancreatic cancer. Three weeks before her death, my husband and I treated a male friend to dinner at our country club.

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