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May 4, 2013

Dear Abby: Dad’s hands-on approach makes girl uncomfortable

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:Don’t Want To Encourage Them In Illinois

:Dear Don’t Want To Encourage: Your job is to support the students, not to condemn or endorse their predicament. Telling a pregnant girl she has ruined her life isn’t helpful. What you need to do is encourage the girl to get a diploma while she can.

Too many girls fail to complete their high school education when they have a baby, and it impedes their ability to provide for themselves and their child because they are suited only for minimum-wage jobs. If you are enthusiastic about helping them, your positive attitude may be contagious and inspire them to succeed.

:Dear Abby: I wrote you a short time ago about my marital problems, but I have to share this with you! My husband, who walked out on me, went to a counselor for a session. Then we went together, and he learned a few things about me and himself.

He is coming back, and we are going to work harder at our marriage. We both recognize there were places where we needed to work together more, that he doesn’t need to be afraid to talk to me and I can be pretty understanding.

Thank you so much for being there, Abby. I know you always recommend talking to a counselor before doing anything rash, and you are so right. It made all the difference.

:Grateful Wife In Arizona

:Dear Grateful: I’m pleased counseling helped to open the clogged lines of communication between you and your husband. While it may seem expensive, it’s far cheaper than a divorce can be, both emotionally and financially.

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Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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