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Carolyn Hax: Warding off stepmother-in-law's 'baby clap'

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 15:34:00 UT

A reader writes: "My stepmother-in-law is coming to visit soon. We have a new arrival in the house and I'm dreading a repeat of her baby-rabies that we experienced with the first two."

Carolyn Hax: Encouraging children to risk self-expression

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:53:00 UT

A reader writes: "I wonder how to help my children embrace their own likes and dislikes without succumbing to pressures from peers."

Carolyn Hax: Trusting a casual sexual partner

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 20:14:00 UT

A reader writes: "How can I tell my casual sexual partner that I want him to delete my naked photos? How can I ask him if he has shown them to anyone without making it sound like I distrust him?"

Carolyn Hax: Should she give up on being close with her daughter?

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 19:56:00 UT

A reader writes: "I realize she has a lot on her plate and is probably doing the best she can. However, I have friends who are blessed to talk to their daughters almost every day. Should I just give up on ever having a closer relationship with my only daughter?"

Carolyn Hax: Should she invite estranged mother to the wedding?

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 17:18:00 UT

A reader is on the fence about inviting their bipolar narcissitic mother to their wedding. Will it just lead to more stress?

Carolyn Hax: Daughter's 'best' friend is cruel

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 17:07:00 UT

A reader writes: "My daughter, 7, has a "best" friend who can frequently be mean to her, tell her she won't play with her, ask for money to be nice to her, pretend to kick her in the face, etc."

Carolyn Hax: Wife hurt in-laws don't want her to inherit their estate

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:15:00 UT

A reader writes: "Still, it's his family's money and not mine, and I feel guilty for even caring. But I am genuinely scared for my financial future now, and deeply hurt by my in-laws' coldness."

Carolyn Hax: Introvert seeks alone-time during in-law weekends

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 19:21:00 UT

A reader writes: "When I suggest doing something on my own -- a grocery run, hopping on the bus to get coffee -- my suggestion that I would spend an hour outside the family bubble is met with shock, and I think they are hurt."

Carolyn Hax: Husband prioritizes multitasking over wife?

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:38:00 UT

A reader writes: "He told me to just approach him and he will take out his earbuds. just doesn't feel very good to interrupt him; I have to get in his face, and I find myself just leaving him be, which feels sad. It feels like I'm alone."

Carolyn Hax: Husband shocks wife by announcing he's no longer attracted to her

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 19:39:00 UT

A reader writes: "Less than two weeks ago, my husband dropped a bomb -- he says he is no longer attracted to me and doesn't feel that we have much in common anymore. This was a huge surprise to me because he has not expressed or shown any real dissatisfaction previously."

Carolyn Hax: Husband asks to go on mission trip, leave all family responsibilities

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 19:21:00 UT

A reader writes: "He is really wanting to go and has asked me if I'd be OK with it. But I'm dreading the thought. It means I will be home all alone for a week with our five kids, one an infant. When he went before, we only had four kids, older-ish, and even then it was a really hard week for me."

Carolyn Hax: How not to favor one child over another

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:33:00 UT

A reader writes: "I am asking because I was treated very differently from my sibs -- still am -- and I am expecting a second child now. I feel nervous about how it will change my relationship with my firstborn."

Carolyn Hax: She resents her husband for leaving the workforce

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 18:11:00 UT

A reader writes: "My husband hasn't worked for more than 10 years. He left his last job without informing me to be an entrepreneur. That never panned out and he hasn't attempted to return to the workforce."

Carolyn Hax: Friend equates breakup with betrayal

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:54:00 UT

A reader's friends think just because they want to stay in the relationship that the relationship should remain intact, even if the other person wants something else, making a breakup a "betrayal."