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  • Go ahead, ask friend why BFF turned a cold shoulderMay 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    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 lifeMay 6, 2014 12:00 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’ solutionsMay 2, 2014 12:00 AM
    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 12:00 AM
    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 insultApr 29, 2014 12:00 AM
    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.

     
  • Mom needs to back off of daughter’s friendshipApr 28, 2014 12:00 AM
    Mom is tired of daughter's best friend taunting her over good grades. She wants to know if if she should encourage her daughter to end the friendship. Carolyn Hax says guide the daughter, but stay out of it.

     
  • For family’s sake, let go of idea of third childApr 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. I want to consider having a third child. My husband is adamantly opposed. I’ve kind of been in denial about the depths of his opposition, but really I know he’s not going to change his mind. So how do I (a) forgive my husband for not wanting a third, because I can’t help but feel angry at him, and (b) accept that it’s not going to happen — when I just don’t want to give up the dream that someday I’ll be snuggling a newborn again?

     
  • Speak your mind to get your meaning acrossApr 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    He says his girlfriend can be pushy sometimes, but when he brings it up, she just brushes it aside. He says she is wonderful and that wonders if he is making a big deal for nothing. Carolyn Hax says, speak your mind.

     
  • Telling on teen won’t solve problems with her parentsApr 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. My husband and I recently chaperoned a five-day high school trip. The daughter of some friends was one of the students. On the trip, she made it abundantly clear she is in a relationship with another female student.

     
  • Don’t add stress by aiming for ‘perfect’ vacationApr 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. My boys are 4 and 6 and very high-energy. My parents want to plan a weeklong family vacation along with my childless brother and his wife.

     
  • Ex-boyfriend’s actions speak loud and clearApr 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Ex-boyfriend broke up with her rather than talk about their problems. Now, he wants to work things out but won't break up with his current girlfriend. Carolyn Hax says hold on a minute.

     
  • Financial obligations make her leery of relationshipApr 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. I finished my undergrad a year ago, have a good job, and consider myself financially stable. My boyfriend is finishing his master’s and will graduate with $200,000 in student debt. I don’t want to break up with him, but, the way I see it, he’d have to throw massive amounts of money into his loans, and what I make would support us. I would end up resenting him for that. Should I break it off?

     
  • Find what's behind your own excuses before divorceApr 10, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. I have been unhappy in my marriage for a long time. So long, in fact, that it started long before it became a marriage. I always had an excuse for putting off ending the relationship. In the beginning it was, “I'll wait until after the summer”; “OK, now I'll wait until after the holidays” ... etc., etc., etc. Never happened.

     
  • How to deal with an overweight girlfriend?Apr 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    Am I a heartless superficial slob to want my girlfriend to lose the 30 pounds she recently gained?

     
  • Respectfully expressing concern is not controllingApr 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. My boyfriend participates in the Renaissance Faire. What this means for me is that from October to April, his life is pretty much that. It feels like we’ve been apart forever, and I feel as though our relationship has suffered.

     
  • Exclusion from fiancee’s social group feels like slap in the faceApr 1, 2014 12:00 AM
    His fiancee's friends, who he has tried to get to know, has excluded him from an outing. While the omission stings, he wants to know how he should react. Carolyn Hax says don't jump to any conclusions.

     
  • No matter your situation in life, being content is keyMar 31, 2014 12:00 AM
    Carolyn Hax explains ther thoughts on people who are infertile vs. those who are longing for a partner in life.

     
  • Whose problem is it that wife won’t go out? Yours or hers?Mar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    His wife has no close friends, while he has many casual ones and goes out quite often, leaving her at home. He feels this is a problem and worries about her being a homebody. Carolyn Hax asks, is it really her problem or his?

     
  • Is it OK to date your friend’s ex?Mar 24, 2014 12:00 AM
    A friend forwarded to me the online-dating profile of a former boyfriend of mine, and asked if that was him. She said they had spoken on the phone and were to meet in person. Apparently she was trying to feel out what I thought about it.I said I couldn’t tell her what to do, but I’m sure she knew I was upset. I would never do that to a friend, and I feel that if she is my friend, then she would not contact him. What do you think?

     
  • Move out and leave Mom’s guilt trip behindMar 21, 2014 12:00 AM
    Q. I’m 28 and Mom won’t let me move out. She has guilted me into continuing to live at home with her and my younger sister. How can I gain the confidence to really move out this time without hurting my mom too much or damaging our relationship?

     
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