Articles filed under Hax, Carolyn

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  • What’s wrong with ‘me time’ for my birthday? Feb 8, 2015 1:01 AM
    Q. I expressed to my wife recently that I might take a day off for my birthday. She said I am mid-30s and should grow up and save my personal days for important things like when the baby gets sick, and vacations.

  • Don’t let Granny’s tyrannical actions dictate life’s plans Feb 3, 2015 1:15 PM
    Granny's horrible behavior in public settings has granddaughter dreading future events. Carolyn Hax says don't worry about for now, but put Granny in her place later.

  • Eye rolls over phone time cross the line Feb 1, 2015 1:01 AM
    Q. My wife of 20 years has become obsessed with her phone. Several times I have politely asked her to put the phone down, but she responds defensively by saying, “I just have to finish looking at this,” or she rolls her eyes and scoffs as she puts it down.

  • Stand together in face of wife’s family gathering Jan 29, 2015 1:01 AM
    Husband and wife give their views on skirting family's alcoholism at gathering. Carolyn weighs in with suggestion they help each other first.

  • Rings were given as a gift. No trying to make daughter give them up Jan 27, 2015 2:01 AM
    No ifs, ands or buts. Mother's gift of wedding rings to her daughter are no longer her's to give to others.

  • Sister greiving after sibling cut her out of her life Jan 25, 2015 1:00 AM
    My older sister stopped speaking to me a year and a half ago. This is still killing me. What do I do? I’ve approached her, I’ve apologized, I’ve done it all.

  • What to do about a boyfriend who goes on and on about ex? Jan 20, 2015 12:45 PM
    I’ve been dating this guy for several months. A couple of months ago he starts talking about his first love all the time, date after date. He has told me every moment and detail of their 16-month relationship.

  • Controlling boyfriend won’t lead to mutual satisfaction Jan 19, 2015 9:37 AM
    Her new boyfriend needs to be controlling and gets jealous if she talks about her past. Carolyn Hax says that a relationship needs to be mutually beneficial.

  • Don’t let dietary restrictions or fussiness ruin a good thing Jan 16, 2015 12:01 AM
    I have been dating a smart, funny, interesting, handsome, caring man for eight months. I could see myself sharing a life with this guy ... except for one thing. As far as I can tell, my boyfriend is gluten-free by choice: He has never been diagnosed with celiac disease. He argues that cutting out gluten from his life put an end to his stomach upsets.

  • Control your output to subside back-stabber’s input Jan 12, 2015 8:00 AM
    Don't give back-stabber any information that will allow her to talk about you to others. Carolyn Hax says control your output.

  • Is waffling on having baby solely on your husband? Jan 18, 2015 4:36 PM
    Q. If my husband had never said another word about wanting kids after he first told me he didn’t want them, I’d know there would be nothing to discuss. Now I’m just getting jerked around. How do I overcome the sadness and disappointment that I feel on so many levels?

  • Bubble Wrap is for packages, not people Jan 8, 2015 1:01 AM
    When our daughter, a student/athlete and honor graduate, began to explore enlisting in the Army, it came as a total surprise, and not just to us. But it was also something that she had done completely on her own.

  • Reach out and friend lonely conversation hijackers Jan 8, 2015 4:10 PM
    Q. A group of people who once worked together on a political campaign gets together once or twice a year for lunch. This year it wasn’t pleasant. Two women, both seniors who live alone, kept interrupting the personal remarks with their own comments, asking questions, and generally hijacking individual personal comments.

  • Don’t let past dreams rule your present life Jan 5, 2015 9:31 AM
    The dream to travel was waylaid by the reality of how hard it is to move to a different country. Now regret has set in that she hasn't travelled the world. Carolyn Hax says don't let regret rule your life.

  • What to do about sister’s dueling engagement? Dec 28, 2014 1:01 AM
    Her sister is getting married after a brief engagement. In addition to being worried about her sister rushing into a relationship, she is concerned about how it will affect her upcoming wedding. What to do?

  • More than time to steer volatile wife to counseling Dec 25, 2014 12:01 AM
    Carolyn Hax directs husband to get help for his volatile wife before temper erupts at home. Lashings-out at friends hasn't hurt her targets, just the couple themselves.

  • Should she follow gut reaction to dishonest husband? Dec 19, 2014 12:11 PM
    I really need another opinion on my husband. Basically, I notice he texts with his co-worker all day. He has assured me it’s work-related, but my gut says it’s something more. He has a history of not being truthful.

  • Don’t relegate child to ‘less-than’ status Jan 6, 2015 8:57 PM
    Q. My husband’s (much) younger sister had a child as a teenager. We became the baby’s legal guardian and raised her as our own. Earlier this year, at age 15, the child wanted to live nearby with the biological mother. The child we raised has a younger sibling and the mother only allows us to see them together. I didn’t raise the younger child as my own and naturally don’t feel the same attachment.

  • Talk to son without his fiancee if she’s controlling conversation Dec 18, 2014 6:01 AM
    Carolyn Hax lays out strategy for parents to talk with son whose financee seems to controlling the conversation.

  • Holiday dilemma hints at deeper issue Dec 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    How to decide what is 'fair" when splitting up holiday visits?

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