Being a wise mother-in-law can be challenging

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: How can I be a good mother-in-law? Our son got married a few months ago and they live fairly near us. It’s hard for me not to call them every day, but I don’t want to be an interfering mother-in-law. How can I avoid this but still let them know I care? — R.J.

More thoughts on second kids

DEAR ABBY: “Maybe Only One in Georgia,” who asked whether she should have a second child, needs to understand there are no guarantees. Her 5-year-old could end up hating her younger sibling or adoring her. Parents create a child because they want to share their union with a new life. Each child is unique and represents a life commitment, not just 18 years of hard work.

Helping the poor is always worthwhile

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Do you think we’ll ever do away with poverty? I heard someone say we could do it if we just tried hard enough, but didn’t Jesus say somewhere that there would always be poor people? I can’t imagine living the way millions do in some parts of the world. — V.M.

Tempted by guys who bring trouble

DEAR ABBY: I have been with my current boyfriend for a year and a half, and I love him dearly. However, I often find myself drawn to other guys who I know are nothing but trouble. It never goes further than simple flirting, but I still feel guilty for doing it when I’m in a relationship. How do I keep myself from temptation? — Hard to Resist

Daughters wanted control over the seniors’ wedding

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am 78, my husband is 85. We fell in love and married last year, and now his 60-year-old daughters are complaining that they never got to plan the wedding for their daddy — and they say they are “family,” and that he needs to choose to be with family or with me.

We should seek to be like Jesus rather than celebrities

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Recently, my high school newspaper asked a number of students who they wanted to be like. Almost without exception they named famous musicians, athletes or other celebrities. Why are we so absorbed with celebrities today? Or have we always been? I would have named Jesus if they’d asked me. — M.M.

These readers have foolish problems

DEAR READERS: It’s April Fools’ Day, the one day I can share some of the more unique letters that come my way — clearly, more than a few of which were written in an attempt to have some fun with me. Enjoy!

Pregnant sister wants to keep it classy

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My sister eloped and quickly became pregnant. They had intended to announce the marriage to family with a spring visit and small celebration, but instead shared all the news after her first trimester of pregnancy.

Husband stays up all night, dating online

DEAR ABBY: I have been married for seven years and have two children. My husband has what I can only describe as an Internet addiction. He’s literally online from the time I go to bed until I wake up to take our kids to school. I checked and discovered many profiles he has made up on different dating sites.

Nice guys don’t get girls drunk

DEAR ABBY: I’m 13, and my classmates are just beginning to “date.” Sometimes what this means is, “Hey, do you want to go to my house, get drunk and have sex?” There’s already a pregnant girl in our school. She’s 12.

Even pastors need time for rest and renewal

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: As a pastor, I’ve always thought I had to do everything people wanted me to do. But lately I’ve gotten so tired that some days I have to force myself to even get out of bed. I’ve heard about people in business getting burned out, but can it happen to someone who’s supposed to be serving God? — Rev. K.S.

Children can learn a lot attending church services

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: Why do some parents insist on bringing their young children to church? Even if the kids are well-behaved, they don’t pay attention or get anything out of the service, and they just bother those of us sitting near them. — M.C.

Already caring for one grandchild, pondering adoption of a second

DEAR ABBY: I’m 62 and own my own home. I have legal guardianship of my eldest grandson, who is 5. Another grandchild is 21/2 and in foster care. I would like to keep both children together because I have been told that in the long run it is better so they won’t lose contact with each other.

God is able to break through to even the hardest heart

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: My youngest brother says he gave up religion in college and now claims he’s an atheist. He says religion is just for weak people (like me, I guess he means). How can I convince him he’s wrong? He just laughs when I try to tell him about my faith in Jesus. — L.C.

Wife regrets office romance but won’t remove journal entries

DEAR ABBY: I have been married almost 20 years. Eight years ago, my wife began an emotional affair with a co-worker. It lasted a year, until he left the company. Although they never had sex, they did have some physical contact that most people would consider inappropriate, and my wife considered ending our marriage because of the feelings she had for him.

The Bible notes our responsibility to take care of ourselves

DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: I’m an emergency room nurse in our local hospital, and I get very discouraged because so many of the people we see are there because they’ve done something stupid or they haven’t taken care of themselves. Does the Bible say anything about taking care of our bodies? Or is it just concerned with spiritual things? — D.E.

Don’t invite guests you’re hoping won’t show

DEAR ABBY: My daughter is being married soon, and I need some guidance about inviting my aunt and uncle to the wedding. They live about 30 miles from us. We moved to this area four years ago, and we’ve had them over for dinner once and invited them another time. They declined because they were going to be out of town.

Being ‘social’ while buried in a book

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My 62-year-old sister has the habit of pulling a book from her purse in any social outing involving friends, relatives, etc., and reading. I consider her behavior the height of rudeness, ignoring everyone in her presence in favor of a book. And I’m a 66-year-old retired librarian! May I have your opinion on her conduct?