Articles filed under Hax, Carolyn

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  • Whole story proves you don’t have to be friends with ex Nov 28, 2014 1:26 PM
    My wife and I are divorcing after many years of marriage, and I am having a difficult time understanding her desire to remain friends.

  • Mother-in-law’s comments about weight loss need to be scaled back Nov 25, 2014 11:55 PM
    She wants her mother-in-law to stop commenting on her weight. Carolyn Hax says after 20 years of hearing about it, it is time to say enough.

  • What to do when parents make grown couples sleep in separate rooms Nov 24, 2014 8:27 AM
    I’m going to my boyfriend’s parents’ house for Christmas. We are 27 and have been together close to five years. His parents are very conservative Christians, and the standard is for us to sleep in different rooms. I want my boyfriend to ask if we can stay in the same room.

  • Seek help, for wife has passed beyond ‘functional alcoholic’ Nov 23, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. I understand what you often say with regard to always disapproving of your partner’s habits. But, what if your wife is a functional alcoholic?

  • Deflect controlling, defensive roommate with calmness Nov 16, 2014 6:01 AM
    How do I deal with someone who keeps everything bottled up, and who’s defensive when confronted?

  • Infidelity in friend’s marriage has her questioning her relationship Nov 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. A dear friend of mine recently found out her husband of five years has been having an ongoing affair. She has turned to me for support, and I am more than happy to offer her an ear and a shoulder.The only problem is I have found myself feeling shaken in my own marriage. Our husbands have very similar personalities and both seem (seemed) like the types to never cheat. They both travel regularly for work (the affair took place on business travel). My husband has never given me a reason to suspect he is anything less than a loving and devoted spouse and father, but I feel myself looking at our relationship with a more critical eye. What can I do to give my husband back the trust he has done nothing to lose, while still being a supportive friend?

  • Don’t make ex-wife the villain because she has moved on Nov 11, 2014 1:00 PM
    I’ve recently finalized a divorce with my partner of 14-plus years. It was mostly amicable, with the intent to remain friends since we share custody of two sons. Every day I still feel anguish and grief about what has been lost, however, my ex seems happy.

  • Visiting relatives for the holidays needs to be a compromise Nov 18, 2014 1:39 PM
    His fiancee doesn't want to spend time over the holidays with his family for the next few years because of a sick relative. Carolyn Hax says she is thinking like a single person still and that needs to change.

  • Forgiveness of kids’ debt is dad’s prerogative Nov 7, 2014 12:22 PM
    My 88-year-old father recently informed me that he’s decided to change his will. I have four sisters and brothers, and three have taken out loans against their share of any inheritance. Dad has been tracking these loans and has provided in his will a formula for adjusting the split accordingly. But now he's changed his mind.

  • Your son’s decision to join Marines isn’t something done to you Nov 6, 2014 6:01 AM
    My 20-year-old son wants to enlist in the Marines. He is a very smart kid who was accepted to several good colleges and chose not to go. If he wants to go into the Marines, I would like him to go in with a college degree, but he refuses. I have also asked him to consider another branch of the military, but he refuses. He knows I am dead set against this, but he says it is his life and he gets to make the decision.

  • She’s jealous of her boyfriend’s ‘bro-mance’ Nov 2, 2014 1:01 AM
    My boyfriend and his best friend work together, lived together before I moved in, do things on the weekend together, and seem to be chatting online together 24/7. I can’t tell if I’m overreacting or if their so-called friendship is more than just friends. Is this a bromance or am I just jealous?

  • How can Mom let go of anger at daughter’s ex? Nov 2, 2014 6:01 AM
    Q. My daughter is doing very well post-divorce. I can’t seem to shake the anger I have for her ex, though.

  • Truth for nieces’ sake trumps family upheaval Oct 30, 2014 6:01 AM
    Carolyn Hax answers reader's question on getting involved as a witness to brother and sister-in-law's divorce processings. Here's what she has to say on the matter.

  • When to tell children about an unknown sibling? Oct 26, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. In a nutshell, I have children with my wife and also a child outside of my marriage with another woman due to infidelity. My wife knows, but does not want to inform our kids. When, if ever, is an appropriate time to introduce the children to their sibling?

  • 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.

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