Amy Dickinson, Special to Postmedia Network

Seven days a week, letter after letter, Amy Dickinson applies an objective eye to reader problems large and small in "ASK AMY: Advice for the real world." Amy's extensive experience includes a column on family issues for TIME magazine, regular contributions to National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and guest spots on CBS' "Sunday Morning." As an advice columnist, Amy uses her talents as a journalist and her personal experiences to answer each question with the care and attention she would devote to her closest friends. Her advice is rooted in honesty and trust, traits she applies to her writing and her life. Dickinson, who grew up on a small dairy farm in New York, currently lives in Chicago with her teenage daughter. A graduate of Georgetown University, Dickinson also has worked as a producer for NBC News and as a freelance writer for publications such as The Washington Post, Esquire and O magazine.

Stories

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Family worries about father's new fiancee

Dear Amy: My mother passed away this last November after a long illness. My father started dating a close family friend in January, and now they are engaged.

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Extreme weight loss brings extreme problems

Dear Amy: My husband had weight loss surgery about five years ago and, although he's lost an incredible amount of weight, no one prepared me for the extreme psychological changes.

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What to expect before you're expecting

Dear Amy: My husband and I have been married for six years. I am 32; he is 37. We were going to start trying to have a baby this year, but we can't agree on child care.

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Wife is worried about husband's drinking

Dear Amy: My husband's drinking has gotten out of hand. Recently, I discovered that he has been leaving the house after I go to bed to purchase more alcohol (I buy a 12-pack of beer a day for us to split, but he is purchasing hard liquor.)

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Girlfriend enlists guy in dangerous deception

Dear Amy: I am in my late 20s, and have been seeing my girlfriend, "Tami," for more than three years. We have been long-distance for the last year, but managed to get to a point where we were looking at engagement rings and shopping for a home.

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Mom wants estrangement to extend to daughter

Dear Amy: About two years ago, my mother initiated a falling-out with her siblings (after their mother's death). I supported her in this decision, because she described them as being emotionally abusive.

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Should toxic mom help daughter deliver new baby?

Dear Amy: My mother and I have had a tumultuous and toxic relationship ever since I was a child. It was a mess of bitter resentment, jealousy, explosive fights, abuse and disappointment on both sides.

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Villa guest confronts illegal drug use

Dear Amy: This past summer, my best friend of more than 30 years, her 9-year-old daughter, her new husband and others, rented a villa in the Caribbean. I was invited to join the group.