The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT)

Teen has no shame in underwear

- Jeanne Phillips Write to Dear Abby at P.O. Box 96440, Los Angeles, CA 90069 or

Dear Abby: I don’t know what to do about my 18-year-old niece. She walks around the house in her underwear. She’s been doing it for the last two or three years. It wouldn’t matter if it were just in front of immediate family living there, but she also does it in front of workmen, the cleaning women, answering the door, going out to get the mail, etc. I spoke to my brother (her father) briefly about it. His response was, “She lives here.” Is there anything I can do or say to get her to keep herself a little better covered?

Modest in Massachuse­tts

Dear Modest: Yes, there is. If her family doesn’t object to her walking around the house in her underwear, that’s their prerogativ­e. But “someone” should remind your niece that doing it in front of workmen, household staff and the mail carrier is disrespect­ful to them. How their neighbors feel about it is anyone’s guess, but if she’s built like Jennifer Lopez or one of the Kardashian­s, they may be enjoying the view.

Dear Abby: My friend is always sending me pics of food and beverages he thinks look appetizing. The problem is, the cut of steak he usually eats is cheap and unhealthy-looking. I try to tell him that betterqual­ity meat often has less fat and cholestero­l, but he tunes me out. He drinks a lot of wine, too, and I don’t think that’s good either. I’m trying to help him because I am concerned about his health. He is 56 and has gained a lot of weight. How can I keep him from a cardiovasc­ular emergency? Healthier Eater

Dear Healthier: Your friend is an adult. You can’t “keep him” from doing anything. Because he isn’t open to your helpful suggestion­s and the photos make you upset, quit looking at them. Accept that when he makes the decision to change his eating and drinking habits, the motivation has to come from within (or from his doctor). You may be able to lead by example and convince him to exercise with you. If you do, be sure to start SLOWLY.

Dear Abby: I live in a very small town where everybody knows everything. I own my home and attend a church with a small congregati­on. When a food pantry opened, I reluctantl­y began going in to supplement my food budget. The volunteers are all locals, and I know many of them. One woman, who also attends my church, volunteers there as well. This woman has adopted a smirk and a hard stare in my direction when she sees me now. While I work hard at not caring about what people think, this is a tough one. How should I handle her?

Shamed in North Carolina

Dear Shamed:

Handle it by discussing it with whoever has organized and manages that food bank. Also mention it to your pastor. If the church member is behaving as you say she is, she should be told to stop embarrassi­ng you, because it is unchristia­n and uncalled-for.

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