Articles filed under Hax, Carolyn

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  • 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?

  • Ex’s ex is his problem to deal with, not yours Dec 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. I am concerned about my ex-boyfriend. He has a female co-worker who has been his friend with benefits on and off over the past 10 years or so. Several months before he and I met three years ago, he completely stopped being physically intimate with her and made clear his desire for a platonic friendship only. She’s still harassing him and I don’t know if there is anything I or anyone else can do.

  • Don’t over-explain new boyfriend to your kids Dec 9, 2014 2:06 PM
    Widow of 10 months has started dating again and wants to know how to introduce the new man to her children. Carolyn Hax says don't explain too much unless they have questions.

  • Find ways other than gifts to bond with niece Dec 7, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. My brother’s wife has created a lot of tension in our family right from the start. She is very opinionated and says exactly what is on her mind. She has told us she does not want us to buy anything for their daughter.

  • No need to involve ex in your post-breakup blues Dec 4, 2014 6:01 AM
    Carolyn Hax is sorry woman's ex wasn't as wonderful as she thought. She's also sorry woman can't accept he's not interested in hearing her thoughts and feelings about the breakup. She encourages her to face facts and move on.

  • Give boyfriend time to recover from shock of unplanned pregnancy Nov 30, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. I just found out I’m pregnant. I am only 21 and had been on the pill, so naturally this is a shock.My longtime boyfriend has a stable job and is being very supportive, so practically speaking there are few qualms involved. But I can’t get over the disappointment I have with his reaction.

  • 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.

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