Dear Prudence

Dear Prudence: The “On the Nose” Edition

My adult friend carries a doll with her and pretends it’s real. Help!


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This week, Washington Post writer Amanda Erickson joins Prudie to jump into your letters. First up: I punched an emotionally abusive family member in the face—how do I make it up to her? Should I tell my friend I heard that her co-workers are trash talking her? How do I get my in-laws to stop calling my biracial children “little monkeys”? I’m tired of people telling me I’ll regret shutting out my abusive parents. My mom is neglecting my kid sister—what do I do? And finally, my adult friend carries a doll with her everywhere, and I’m worried about her.

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