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Carolyn Hax: Finding peace after unexpected breakup

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:29:00 UT

A reader writes: "He always told me if we ever broke up that he would ALWAYS be my friend. Over the past month, I've seen him from a distance, but he doesn't acknowledge me and I avoid him too."

Carolyn Hax: No desire to spend time with critical parents

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 16:17:00 UT

A reader writes: "In my childhood, criticism from my parents was the constant theme. My grades were never good enough, my room was never clean enough, whatever."

Carolyn Hax: Striking the right teasing tone

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:29:00 UT

A reader writes: "I am writing about a behavior common to a close relative and a friend. They notice something about someone and then 'give them the business' about this flaw."

Carolyn Hax: Limiting kids' screen time, with flexibility

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:19:00 UT

A reader writes: "My husband and I have an ongoing disagreement about how much technology we allow in the kids' lives. They're exposed to so much of it during the week that I think the weekends should serve as 'nature retreats' (so to speak)."

Carolyn Hax: Anti-social husband remains stubbornly anti-social

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 22:00:00 UT

A reader writes: "You said the husband was OK with "serving priorities outside the marriage." Why is that bad? Him pressuring her to do things she doesn't want to do is unfair, but isn't it fair of him to ask her for a reasonable amount of support for his family?"

Carolyn Hax: Husband prioritizes texting over conversation with wife

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:41:00 UT

A reader writes: "My husband has an annoying habit of picking up his phone the second he gets a text message, even mid-conversation, and then dropping everything else to respond right away. This irks me."

Carolyn Hax: Not keen on a wedding shower

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:24:00 UT

A reader writes: "I'm getting pressure from friends who want to throw me a wedding shower. It's really not my thing. Is this kind of pomp and circumstance required?"

Carolyn Hax: Brother refuses to get vaccinated to protect new baby

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 18:14:00 UT

A reader writes: "A couple of days after our request, he pulled me aside and let me know he and his wife don't believe vaccines are safe. She has a sibling with a developmental disability and the family has a strong feeling that vaccines were the cause."

Carolyn Hax: Hiker husband asking for too much trust?

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 16:39:00 UT

A reader writes: "He says since there's nothing there between them, it's fine to take a trip like this. I feel uncomfortable and think it's weird to take an extended, super-isolated trip with an opposite-gender friend."

Carolyn Hax: Support and acceptance for a stoic friend

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 16:26:00 UT

A reader writes: "Obviously I don't want to pressure her into sharing more than she's comfortable with, but the current state of affairs makes me really unhappy. I want to be even closer with her; I want to help her, to demonstrate my love for her by giving her emotional support and care when she needs it; I want her to be vulnerable with me."

Carolyn Hax: Not interested in adoption or a lecture

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 16:07:00 UT

A reader writes: "I know these people mean well, but how can I shut down this conversation in a way that doesn't make it seem like I'm a heartless glassbowl who doesn't care about orphaned children?"

Carolyn Hax: Niece cares for sibling at expense of social life

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:26:00 UT

A reader writes: "This is Nicole's senior year of high school and instead of hanging out with friends she is baby-sitting. I think this is unfair, and I think Nicole gets overwhelmed, but I don't think she knows how to tell my sister and brother-in-law that."

Carolyn Hax: Encouraging son to find a purpose

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 15:12:00 UT

A reader writes: "I worry that he has no social life and no ambition. He is saving some money but not a lot. He is now almost 21 and I am worried what will happen to him when I'm gone."

Carolyn Hax: She wants to marry the farmer but not the farm

Sat, 9 Sep 2017 16:00:00 UT

A reader writes: "We have tentatively discussed living elsewhere while Steve still runs the farm, but it would be something of a hardship for him and he doesn't see any need to do so since there's plenty of room in the huge old farmhouse. I can't help but wonder if it will ever really feel like MY home though."