Articles filed under Hax, Carolyn

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  • Take initiative for chores and mom may be less demanding Jun 22, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. Whenever I ask my mom if I can do something, she replies that I have to mow the lawn first, or pull weeds out of the garden. I make simple requests, but it seems that I can’t have any fun unless she gets some benefit out of it. I am not sure if I am being too demanding of her, or if she is being too demanding of me.

  • Parents shouldn’t pry for information about son’s marriage Jun 17, 2014 11:44 AM
    Their son's marriage seems less than perfect, with his wife traveling a lot and going abroad to study. Carolyn Hax says give him strength, but don't pry.

  • How do you protect your child from a mean relative? Jun 16, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. My husband and I have been together 12 years. His mother is mentally, emotionally and verbally abusive.We now have a daughter, and after years of silence, I can’t take the abuse anymore. I don’t want our child growing up near it. My husband agrees, but wants his mom to know our girl. Where do I go from here?

  • June is the month for wedding dilemmas Jun 19, 2014 8:44 PM
    June does this to my inbox. Q. I would like to invite one of my good college friends to be in my wedding party. I’m in the awkward position of inviting someone to be in my wedding when he didn’t even invite me to his. Do I need to broach this, or just invite who I want to invite?

  • Frustrating, yes, but better to let a boor expose herself Jun 10, 2014 6:00 AM
    Q. What to do, as a full-grown adult, when a classless coward makes a loud, public and derogatory comment about your mother (a FORMER friend of hers) after your unknowing mother walked out of the restaurant, where this person and party were coincidentally seated near us?

  • Dietary changes mean friendship may be off the table Jun 10, 2014 11:23 AM
    Ever since her good friend changed her dietary habits, the couples haven't been able to go out to dine without a sermon on the benefits of the new diet plan. Carolyn Hax says instead of ending the friendship, be honest.

  • Don’t get in the middle of a family argument Jun 3, 2014 12:27 PM
    Her parents and brother rarely see each other because of a disagreement. Now, her sister-in-law and nephew will be visiting and want to stay with her and only visit the parents for a few hours. Carolyn Hax says help bridge the gap and don't meddle.

  • When is spanking a child appropriate discipline? Jun 2, 2014 10:08 AM
    Q. My question is, when is spanking a child OK? I don’t believe you can raise a child without sometimes giving them a real shock when they do something very serious.

  • Tell your kids you can monitor their texts May 29, 2014 1:01 AM
    My phone plan allows me to see the texts of my kids, 19, 17 and 14. I monitor their chat occasionally. I don’t let them know, and don’t plan on intervening unless something gets completely out of control. Selfishly I like to see chats from the oldest, who is away at school, giving me some assurance he’s alive! Thoughts?

  • Husband, wife argue if live-in in-laws should contribute to finances May 23, 2014 11:27 AM
    She says her live-in in-laws don't help contribute with the finances even though the family is struggling. Her husband just gets angry when the subject is brought up. Carolyn Hax says then come up with a Plan B.

  • Open your mind to an overseas move May 20, 2014 8:42 PM
    Her husband received a job offer overseas and she feels apprehensive about going. Carolyn Hax says embrace the challenge of a new adventure.

  • You can be kind even if your mother can’t May 20, 2014 5:01 AM
    I have no bond with my mother, and never have, including as an infant. She is self-centered, probably has narcissistic personality disorder, and makes herself look good by spinning partial truths to make other people look bad. Her usual target over the years has been me (yes, this is relevant)

  • Don’t play hostage in family squabble May 29, 2014 11:29 AM
    Q. I have a very dear cousin and a very dear daughter ... but they do not hit it off. Daughter refuses to be at family celebrations if Cousin is present. Now, of course, Daughter states Cousin is always chosen over her. I feel held hostage by Daughter. I have suggested she contact Cousin to discuss differences, but she refuses.

  • Hold on to the present while letting go of the past May 13, 2014 12:44 PM
    Reader wants to have a good relationship with his parents depsite a troubled past. Carolyn Hax says let go of the past and enjoy the present.

  • Honor your relative’s timing on releasing baby news May 9, 2014 4:41 PM
    My brother’s wife is pregnant and very difficult. First, she took weeks to even tell me that I was going to be an aunt. Then, she asked me not to tell anyone, including my own sons, until she was further along.What do I say to her to let her know how rude and selfish she’s being?

  • Go ahead, ask friend why BFF turned a cold shoulder May 16, 2014 3:20 PM
    Q. So eight years ago, my best friend of 15 years — my maid of honor — basically told me, via email, no less, two months before my wedding, that she had other plans on my wedding day. Unfortunately our mutual friends continue to be friends with her. How do I move on? I am at the point where I just want to unfriend everyone because they tolerate such behavior. Am I unreasonable?

  • Tell Mom how boyfriend’s kids are affecting your life May 6, 2014 11:21 AM
    Teen says her mom's boyfriend's young children are wild and need to be controlled, but the adults aren't doing anything about it. Carolyn Hax says it's time to tell mom the truth.

  • Don’t be judgmental about roommates’ solutions May 14, 2014 7:27 PM
    My roommates have suggested that we all chip in for a cleaning service. I’ve explained that I already clean the common areas, as well as my own space, on a regular basis and it seems wasteful and frankly lazy to me to pay for something that four able-bodied 20-somethings are perfectly capable of doing on our own. Am I being unreasonable for not wanting to contribute to the cleaning service fund?

  • How to deal with a ‘helicopter parent’ May 2, 2014 6:33 PM
    How does this 21-year-old convince her parents that she doesn't need their input on every detail of her life?

  • Ex-boyfriend’s show of affection not an insult Apr 29, 2014 12:46 PM
    Her ex-boyfriend greets her friends with hugs and warm greetings while she gets nothing but a cool nod. Carolyn Hax says don't be angry at such childish behavior.

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