The Columbus Dispatch

Woman tries to balance life with two mothers

- Contact Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069

Dear Abby: I have two mothers: my biological mother and Mom, who raised me. I share everything with Mom — my hopes, dreams, fears and everything in between.

My biological mother and I are not as close. We never have been. I don’t have a single good childhood memory with her in it.

Lately, my bio mother has been extremely jealous of my relationsh­ip with Mom, even though she has never done anything to facilitate the same relationsh­ip with me. She’s pushy and constantly oversteps boundaries. Because of this, when I found out I was pregnant, I chose not to tell her.

I’m now 36 weeks pregnant, and someone adjacent to my inner circle has informed her of my pregnancy and due date. She contacted my family FUMING about my not telling her, insisting she had a “right” to know. I feel this is her, once again, feeling entitled to my life and trying to treat me as property. I do not feel she is entitled to any details about my life. Am I wrong?

— Guarded In Illinois

Dear Guarded: You are not wrong. You are entitled to privacy if you want it. Your birth mother is “entitled” only to those details of your life you are willing to share with her. (When DID you intend to share the happy news with her? After the birth?) You may need to distance yourself from the person who gave your birth mother the news if you want to avoid similar breaches in the future.

Dear Abby: I’m writing about “Anxious About Alcohol in Georgia” (Aug. 30), the teen who was torn between his parents’ views on alcohol as he prepares for his first year of college. In Colorado, Georgia and many other states, minors ARE prohibited from possessing and drinking alcohol — with an important exception.

That is, doing it in the presence of and under the supervisio­n of their parents in their home.

I’m not condoning reckless behavior, but when I was growing up, my parents let us try beer and wine at an early age. It was pretty strong, and we didn’t like it.

We were never encouraged to get drunk or use it in excess. But we learned about it, tasted it and understood the good and bad when dealing with alcohol. I believe this is why my sisters and I never had issues. We have always been responsibl­e, and I’m convinced this is a responsibl­e way to introduce alcohol to a minor.

We gain knowledge through experience. Having that experience in a safe environmen­t with the proper guidance and supervisio­n is a must. Better to learn with a responsibl­e parent than a frat brother you just met. Agree?

— Allan In Colorado

Dear Allan: Yes, I do. And thank you for pointing out that provision in the law. Many other readers echoed your sentiments about demystifyi­ng the allure of alcohol by introducin­g it in the home under parental supervisio­n. It could prevent some young people from going wild the minute they reach the campus.

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