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  • Question about houseguest must be decided together Aug 5, 2014 5:01 AM
    My husband and I are expecting a visit from my brother “Allen” soon. He is on again with his girlfriend “Mable.” I consider Mable one of my close friends, but I openly admit she is a total slob. My husband has said that if Allen brings Mable when he visits, she is not welcome in our home. What to do?

  • Mother’s lie by omission makes sons angry Aug 5, 2014 11:53 AM
    Single mother decided not tell her two sons that she had briefly been married twice before she married their father. But her brother spilled the beans once they were adults and now they are angry she lied.

  • Use no-kids wedding invite as teachable family moment Aug 3, 2014 1:01 AM
    My nephew is getting married on New Year’s Eve. Kids are not allowed. My children were so excited they were going to a family wedding, but I had to tell them they were not invited.

  • Parents get final say, no matter what Aug 11, 2014 12:11 PM
    Q. My mother-in-law wants my 5-year-old to sleep over at her house. The problem is that even though she has been living with the same man for several years and my husband and I think he is very nice, we still don’t feel comfortable with our daughter sleeping over at her grandmother’s house with him there.

  • Name change because of speech impediment causes friction Jul 29, 2014 12:35 PM
    Due to a speech impediment, she could not say her first name without embarrassment. So in college she decided to use her middle name instead, which has caused friction with her parents.

  • Can she re-establish trust in this relationship? Jul 28, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. I’m 26, he’s 27. Dated for about a year, fell hard and fast, moved in together after about six months and were beginning to talk about getting engaged. But I messed up and hurt him. He ended the relationship and moved out. Over the last two months, I’ve tried to repair the relationship, including going to weekly counseling.He says he still loves me but isn’t sure the relationship can be repaired. I’m not sure how to show him I’m sincere. Or maybe I’m deluding myself.

  • Boundary issues with loved ones not just about the dogs Jul 27, 2014 1:01 AM
    Q. I have two serious dog lovers in my life and feel imposed upon regularly by them both, and get veiled hostility from them when I resist.

  • Grandma should give up special name to keep the peace Jul 22, 2014 12:43 PM
    Reader's granddaughter has given her a special name that she loves. But now her daughter-in-law doesn't want her child to say it anymore. Carolyn Hax says let it go to keep the peace.

  • How to handle family games Jul 22, 2014 12:24 PM
    My husband's family likes to play games, like pingpong, bean-bag toss or cards. I am not a real fan of games, I get incredibly self-conscious and I am not very good at most of them. Several of his family members are very competitive and the pressure to play well doesn't help. Whenever I try to bow out, his aunts or other family members will convince me to play. I just don't like games, but I do like chatting with people while they play.We are all getting together soon, and I would appreciate some guidance on how to either get the game-players off my back or learn to relax and just play.

  • Son puts mom in tough situation because of sibling’s girlfriend Jul 15, 2014 11:50 AM
    Her oldest son won't attend family functions because he dislikes his brother's girlfriend. Mom now feels she has to choose who to invited and when. Carolyn Hax says both siblings are equal and she needs to say so.

  • What to do when a friend’s child has behavioral issues Jul 14, 2014 1:01 AM
    I can’t bear to be around my friend's child. He is impulsive, defiant, has been outright malicious toward my son, and in one instance caused him physical harm. I still value her friendship, however, I can’t handle the stress of being around her son. What should I do?

  • Leave boyfriend with red flags before he becomes husband Jul 22, 2014 2:44 PM
    Q. My boyfriend and I have been together for five years. However, I’m not sure if staying with him is the best decision for me. He was diagnosed with ADHD and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) as a child, and I feel as though this is really detrimental to our relationship.

  • Societal rudeness has always been a problem Jul 8, 2014 12:55 PM
    Lady's encounter with rudeness has her asking where society's gentility has gone. Carolyn Hax says there are and always will be rude people.

  • Readers give advice on friendships, parenting, more Jul 8, 2014 10:22 AM
    While Carolyn Hax is away, readers give the advice friendships, parenting and more.

  • How you phrase a question key to politeness Jul 6, 2014 1:01 AM
    While I’m away, readers give the advice.

  • It’s not kicking out, it’s teaching responsibility Jul 10, 2014 3:52 PM
    I told my 20-year-old son that if he cannot cooperate without constant reminders and nagging, he will have to make other living arrangements. He claims this would be “kicking me out because I won’t clean a bathroom.” What should I do?

  • Readers give advice while Carolyn Hax takes a break Jul 1, 2014 12:18 PM
    Readers offer their advice while Carolyn Hax is away.

  • Handling sibling battles over aging parents Jun 26, 2014 9:01 AM
    Five years ago, my mother became unable to continue living alone, so she came to live with me, my husband and two young children. As she physically declined, she paid for upgrades to our home that allowed her to stay with us longer. However, in the last year she began to fail and I was diagnosed with a chronic illness, so we made the difficult decision for her to move into assisted living. She is doing well, and I was able to return to school and go back to work full time.

  • Don’t hurt friend in trying to protect yourself Jul 2, 2014 1:26 PM
    Q. I have a great friend who I have kept some distance from, and sitting in my inbox is an email from him asking why. The truth is that his wife made a pretty blatant pass at me that I deflected.

  • Woman is hurt when others don’t support her charity work Jun 27, 2014 10:10 PM
    Q. Two years ago my adult daughter was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. We formed a team for our local MS Walk last year and invited our co-workers and family members to donate or walk or both. Unfortunately, I was hurt when her aunts and others we thought were close did nothing. Another walk is coming and I’m not sure how to proceed — swallow my pride and share my hurt, or just embrace the ones who show up?

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