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  • Is it extra pounds or lazy behavior that’s upsetting? Nov 10, 2014 2:59 PM
    Q. My girlfriend of two years could stand to lose about 20 pounds, which would result in increased energy (as it is now she spends a lot of time sitting around playing iPhone games), more confidence (she says she doesn’t like the way her clothes fit her), and more attraction between us (I’m reluctant to admit it, but her added weight is a bit of a turnoff).

  • Boyfriend has to want to work through his grief but compassion helps Oct 23, 2014 6:01 AM
    A reader asks, "Is there a limit to how long one must indulge their partner’s grieving period?" Carolyn Hax says yes and no.

  • Is a ‘narcissistic’ husband what you really want? Oct 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. I’ve got a problem with my fiance and partner of 4 1/2 years. I’m just not sure I’m comfortable assuming his name. He told me that I WOULD take his name one way or another, and that he wouldn’t discuss it further.

  • After a failed relationship, he has no desire to date Oct 19, 2014 1:01 AM
    I feel like I should want to pursue a relationship, but dating holds no appeal at the moment.

  • Will the truth really matter at this point? Oct 30, 2014 12:34 PM
    My father had several affairs, left our family, and remarried another woman. We have confronted him about his sins, but he acts as though everything is fine and he has done nothing wrong.

  • Bad uncle’s random gift giving needs to be addressed Oct 14, 2014 12:20 PM
    Reader has a brother who will give gifts to some nieces and nephews during the holidays and not others. She wants to know how to address this rude behavior.

  • How you treat people on your bad side tells a lot about your character Oct 12, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. My girlfriend's dad keeps reaching out to her, inviting us to dinner, forgiving her loans, etc.She stays in sporadic contact, but is cold and distant. Is this a character flaw that after 10-plus years she still can’t forgive him? What if I get on her bad side?

  • Niece may not need, or want, aunts to get involved in her break up Oct 7, 2014 11:34 AM
    Should two aunts get involved with "distraught" niece's break up? Her overseas mother seems to think so. Carolyn Hax says mind your business unless she really needs you.

  • Post-pregnancy weight is no one else’s business Oct 5, 2014 4:59 PM
    After the birth of her baby, her husband's friend keeps asking about her exercise regiment. Carolyn Hax says that is no one's business but hers.

  • Remind wife she has choice in becoming guardian Oct 5, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. My brother-in-law has two teenage children and he has decided his next hobby is going to be racing cars. My wife and I are the ones responsible for raising these kids if anything happens to him.

  • Just be there for friend in abusive relationship Sep 30, 2014 12:22 PM
    Her friend recently announced her engagement to abusive boyfriend. She can't be happy for the couple knowing their history, so how does she react? Carolyn Hax says be honest and be there.

  • Wife wants husband’s acceptance just as she is Sep 28, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. My husband and I have an ongoing fight. I’m not good at a lot of things. I’m OK with that. My husband is good at anything he tries. My husband thinks I should branch out into different challenges.Why can’t he just be happy with me as I am?

  • Some friendships need explanation before ending Sep 28, 2014 1:01 AM
    I think our friendship has run its course because of how her marriage ended and things that have happened in the aftermath, but I feel callous and judgmental in telling her that. Any suggestions on what to say, and how to say it?

  • Family shouldn’t give her guilt trips about moving Sep 23, 2014 1:05 PM
    She and her husband are ready to head into the next phase of their life, with a possible move in the future. She's afraid her parents and sibling will give her a hard time for wanting to move away. Carolyn Hax says they shouldn't stand in the way of her happiness.

  • How to handle outbursts from an adult relative? Sep 21, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. My husband has a sister with what seems to be a severe mood disorder. She will appear to be doing fine, then out of nowhere explode and scream at the top of her lungs at anyone. I worry about the image this sends to my young son. What is my position as my husband’s wife to deal with these “explosions” and mental issues?

  • Bride’s decision to involve both dads causes conflict Sep 16, 2014 12:17 PM
    Bride wans her biological dad and stepdad to walk her down the aisle. Her bio dad says it should just be him, and step dad is OK with that. Carolyn Hax says it should be the bride's decision.

  • Should she move in with a man who is separated, but not divorced? Sep 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. My boyfriend been separated from his wife for the last four years. (I had nothing to do with their marriage ending). Should I let the fact that he is not divorced stop me from continuing or growing the relationship? Would I be a fool to move in with him? At what point do I give him an ultimatum?

  • Grandpa-to-be’s image tarnished in daughter’s eyes Sep 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. My widowed-for-20-years father is having an “accidental” child with a woman my age.

  • Selling boyfriend too much raises red flags Sep 19, 2014 12:47 PM
    How do I get through to my longtime friends that they will meet my new boyfriend in time, but their approval is not going to be a determining factor in my decision to move forward?

  • Single mom needs to make choices that meet her needs Sep 9, 2014 12:59 PM
    Single mom wants to marry long-distance boyfriend, but can't take son away from her ex. What should she do? Carolyn Hax says do what meets her needs.

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