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March 7, 2013

Dear Abby: Thought of going to the dentist wipes smile off woman’s face

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:Gifted Out

:Dear Gifted Out: Yes. When the newest addition to the family arrives, give your employer a nice card. You should not be expected to come up with a gift. You are already giving these children loving and responsible care, and that is gift enough.

:Dear Abby: During the first year of our marriage, my husband cheated on me with women from his past, as well as new encounters. When I confronted him, he promised to stop. He would then call and email these women, and tell them I was checking up on him and he’d contact them later.

This has gone on for years. He swears he’s no longer cheating, and we have sought counseling — which I stopped because the counselor and I agreed that my husband didn’t think he had a problem.

When I confront him with my suspicions, he insists that I am “driving him away” by accusing him. He is very arrogant, and people who don’t know him believe he’s a great guy and I am the problem. I have considered revenge cheating, but it goes against my morals. I think about divorcing him, but then I think — what if I am wrong? What if he really is being faithful? What should I do? I love him.

:Unsure in Texas

:Dear Unsure: I agree that “revenge” cheating is not the solution to your problem. Hire a private detective and get to the bottom of this. If you’re wrong, you need counseling to resolve your insecurities. However, if he’s cheating, you will know you haven’t been imagining things and can decide rationally if it’s in your best interests to continue being married to a womanizer.

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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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