DEAR ABBY: I am currently without a job. I hesitated to inform my mother because I was sure her reaction would only add to my stress. I was right. She constantly corners me about my efforts to find a job. I talk to her nearly every day to keep up with how she and my stepfather are doing. Because she never fails to dig into me about my job search progress, I now find ways to shorten our conversations.

I can get a job or two to sustain my living expenses for the time being.

However, I’m trying to hold out for a job or career that connects to my soul passion. Working for decades in a job that sustains me and my children is no match for the longing of my passion. (I’m still not sure what it is.)

How do I curb my mother’s pushing me for a resolution without coming off as annoyed, which I am?

I’m sure she wants to express her concern, but I want support in my efforts without feeling condemned. Help me, please. — ANNOYED IN ALABAMA

DEAR ANNOYED: I will try. Because you still aren’t sure what your “soul passion” is, it’s time to find out. A place to start might be a career counseling center (some universities have them). Contact one or more and inquire whether they offer career counseling and aptitude testing. The test results will tell you what you are best suited for.

Of course, this service is not offered for free, which is why you might want to buckle down and take a job or two in the meantime to afford it, as well as to feed your little family.

As to your mother, who may be worried because you don’t yet have a plan of action, explain to her about seeking career counseling and she may calm down.

DEAR ABBY: I’ve been seeing a man, “Carson,” on and off for about five years. Last year, when I asked him if we were exclusive, he quickly said no, so I went and slept with an ex and became pregnant. I didn’t reach out to Carson because I thought the baby belonged to my ex, but when the baby was born I quickly realized she might be Carson’s. When I told him, he immediately denied she was his but still rekindled our relationship. Abby, he disappears frequently and doesn’t answer my calls. What should I do? Leave him? Stay? I do love him. — HOPELESS ROMANTIC IN PENNSYLVANIA

DEAR HOPELESS ROMANTIC: Have your child DNA-tested. If it proves she is Carson’s, he should be contributing to his daughter’s support. (The same goes for anyone else you think could be the father.) It’s important that you understand this man behaves the way he does because he is not in love with you and doesn’t care about your feelings.

He sees other women, just as he did the first time around. If this is the way you want to be treated,

Covenant Christian Academy baseball coach Joe Teuton III has been one proud dad this season.

His son, J.T. Teuton, is a rising sophomore at Covenant Christian and has made key plays as a batter and first baseman. He has a .333 batting average, 11 hits, 21 RBIs, five doubles and one home run. He played as an eighth grader and became a starter during his freshman year.

Joe, a longtime area baseball coach and leader of the Southland Hogs travel organization, said he remembers when J.T. would follow him around as a little kid in the team’s dugout at games.

Now, J.T. has emerged as a key contributor for the Lions.

“It’s really exciting as a parent and even more exciting as a coach to see him play well,” Joe said. “We always knew it was there. It just took time and maturity. I think he’s embraced his role this year. He’s been in this program long enough. He’s been working for this his whole life.

“As a dad, I’m very fortunate I get to watch this on the inside of the fence. I’m very proud. I’m just happy to have him part of our program.”

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J.T. said he enjoys playing for his dad and cherishes their conversations about the game.

“He’s told me to play with confidence, be yourself and just play hard,” J.T. said. “I’ve taken his advice since I was a kid and just went from there. When I slack off, he’s always on me, sometimes even more than the other players. I can handle it.”

Joe said he wants all of his players to strive for excellence, including his son.

“It has to be hard to be my kid in this program,” Joe said. “He probably takes a little more heat than anybody else. It’s just expected. He’s been used to that since he was in the seventh grade. When things go bad, he feels the wrath of me. Off the field, when we ride home together, we talk about baseball. He understands what comes with being a coach’s son.”

Covenant Christian baseball player J.T. Teuton runs the bases during a game against Assumption at Southland Field in Houma on March 16.

Joe, a former Delgado Community College (New Orleans) player, said J.T. has done a great job continuing the family’s rich legacy in baseball.

Joe’s father, Joe “Big Joe” Teuton Jr., started the Southland Dodge car dealership in 1968 in Houma. Big Joe was also a diehard baseball fan who funded the Southland Hogs travel team, which has sent hundreds of players from the Bayou Region on to the college level.

Big Joe died at age 75 in 2016.

“My dad was a baseball junkie,” said Joe, who held the nickname “Little Joe” after his father. “He’s like what I am. I think he would be real proud of what we’ve established here as a program and just what J.T. has done. I wish he could see J.T. today. I know he would be pumped. He loved