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Carolyn Hax: Pre-pregnant and struggling

Tue, 23 May 2017 20:45:00 UT

A reader writes: "Do you have any suggestions for getting through each 'hurry up then wait for weeks' cycle, and for dealing with feelings of failure and frustration when many of my closest friends are getting pregnant very quickly? My husband is very supportive but I just don't think he really understands."

Carolyn Hax: Tween daughter thinks it's dishonest to humor Grandma

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:47:00 UT

A reader writes: "We tried to explain to her that it's a kindness not to say, 'You didn't take the garbage out so I saw the takeout containers.' My daughter replied with, 'So when you told Grandma her potatoes tasted good it was a LIE?'"

Carolyn Hax: 'Thank you' not in daughter-in-law's vocabulary

Sun, 21 May 2017 18:17:00 UT

A reader writes: "I've tried to overlook this thing because it seemed so trivial. But it's really bothering me. My new daughter-in-law NEVER says thank you. For anything. Ever."

Carolyn Hax: Standoff over who gets to unload the dishwasher

Sat, 20 May 2017 15:29:00 UT

A reader writes: "When my family members visit, they always help out in the kitchen (which is much appreciated), but they put things away where they don't belong, and it drives me absolutely bats when I can't find things."

Carolyn Hax: Drama, thy name is Grandpa

Fri, 19 May 2017 18:09:00 UT

A reader shares a tale of the most recent heartache among estranged family. 

Carolyn Hax: Forgiveness for a dying mother-in-law

Thu, 18 May 2017 17:55:00 UT

A reader writes: "Am I supposed to forget the years of my mother-in-law either totally ignoring me during family gatherings, or else referring to me as "she" as though I weren't present?"

Carolyn Hax: New mom can't stop bragging on social media

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:46:00 UT

A reader writes: "Our daughter-in-law, is a professional photographer who posts photos of her boy on social media at least once every day, stating how exceptionally wonderful, smart, beautiful, special, compassionate, you-name-it he is. To me it is over the top."

Carolyn Hax: Anxiety over the prospect of losing mom

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:31:00 UT

A reader writes: "I'm single and in my late 20s. My dad passed away over a year ago, and lately, I've been having panic attacks at the thought of my mom passing away soon, too."

Carolyn Hax: Husband lets the pregnancy news out of the bag

Mon, 15 May 2017 16:21:00 UT

A reader writes: "His heart was in the right place, and he's already apologized for not thinking it through ... But I still feel cheated -- of the chance to decide when we'd tell people and who we'd tell first, of the chance to be part of that first telling and to see the first reaction."

Carolyn Hax: Father reverts to habits that almost killed him

Sun, 14 May 2017 16:06:00 UT

A reader writes: "Ever since he lost that weight, though, he has slowly started going back to his old ways. He is now full-blown back to his old diet. He sneaks out of the house and tells us he is running 'errands,' but gets angry when we ask him where he is going."

Carolyn Hax: Stuck in the middle of two former friends

Sat, 13 May 2017 17:22:00 UT

A reader writes: "Should I completely butt out, or express my feelings to one or both? I basically just feel weird about the whole thing, but would like to stay friends with both people."

Carolyn Hax: Steering relationship with mom away from religion

Fri, 12 May 2017 17:12:00 UT

A reader writes: "I know it greatly pains my mother that I do not follow our family's religion. I, too, would be upset if my children rejected something that I hold dear, but I hope I would be able to see that they are still good people."

Carolyn Hax: How to retract a proposal and stop living a lie

Thu, 11 May 2017 19:49:00 UT

A reader writes: "I proposed under what I would call major pressure this year, but am realizing now that it's a decision I made entirely to please other people -- not myself. I know I need to end it, but am paralyzed every time I think of how upset she and both of our families will be."

Carolyn Hax: Sister wants a plus-two to the wedding

Wed, 10 May 2017 17:16:00 UT

A reader writes: "Now my sister is in a serious relationship, and my parents are pressuring my fiance and me to allow her to bring both the boyfriend and her best friend, saying I might regret not inviting him if my sister and her boyfriend get married."