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Carolyn Hax: Achiever mom struggles to appreciate son for who he is

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:34:00 UT

A reader wonders: "How can I approach this incident, mocking bow and all, without overreacting to the point that I damage our relationship, or overthinking to the hyperbolic, '... thus he will never succeed at anything'?"

Carolyn Hax: Parents shouldn't act as family go-betweens

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 17:07:00 UT

A reader writes: "I'm inclined at this point to say that unless we hear from the party thrower directly, we don't consider it an invite. However, her parents then seem put out that they have to shoulder the burden for us not going."

Carolyn Hax: Standing up to bullying in-laws

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:29:00 UT

A reader writes: "I have been married for over 30 years and throughout the marriage, my in-laws have made fun of my interests and certain traits of my personality under the guise of teasing."

Carolyn Hax: Supporting one through a divorce

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 17:48:00 UT

A reader writes: "I'm wondering if you can provide some general advice on the best way to be there for someone going through a separation/divorce."

Carolyn Hax: Thinking of rekindling that old flame

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:36:00 UT

A reader writes: "Now, five years later, I'm done with school, my finances are in great shape, and I'm ready to make a commitment to her."

Carolyn Hax: Should I count on my sister when setting future plans?

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:57:00 UT

A reader writes: "I decided to invite her to live with me and my family, which involved buying a new (and much more expensive) house. Now she has decided to try to work things out with her husband, and will probably break her promise of a several years' stay in our home."

Carolyn Hax: Feeling fear at the prospect of divorcing

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:00:00 UT

A reader writes: "After several years of ambivalence and unsuccessful marriage counseling, (my husband) told me he was 'done' a couple of months ago. So, I started taking steps towards separating."

Carolyn Hax: How to handle rudeness

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 18:46:00 UT

A reader writes: "My husband and I have been going to dinner nearly every Friday night for years with another couple, 'Kay' and 'Jay.' My husband considers Jay to be one of his best friends, and Jay is a great guy; he is smart, kind and sensitive. For the past few years, Kay has become increasingly rude with me."

Carolyn Hax: Grateful, but overwhelmed in a time of need

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 18:41:00 UT

A reader writes: "Our apartment was flooded out in storms over the weekend, and my husband and I lost most of our stuff (insurance will not cover it)."

Carolyn Hax: Not liking grandma treating grandson like a toy

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 18:26:00 UT

A reader writes: "My mother-in-law treats my son like a toy that (not who) is there to amuse her on her terms and show off to her friends"

Carolyn Hax: Understanding a sibling choosing not to attend wedding

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 17:59:00 UT

A reader writes: "I'm getting married in D.C. in four months, and my brother will not commit to whether he's coming or not."

Carolyn Hax: Struggling with a young son's inattention at school

Wed, 8 Feb 2017 17:46:00 UT

A reader writes: "He's fallen so far behind that his teacher thinks he can't catch up and go on to first grade, and she admits she doesn't have the time to interact with him the way he needs, but also says she doesn't think he qualifies for special-ed assistance."

Carolyn Hax: Promoting harmony with money from rude relative

Tue, 7 Feb 2017 18:53:00 UT

A reader writes: "I have one of 'those' older relatives who thinks very differently than I do about the world. She recently posted something on Facebook that was not quite a direct insult to my boyfriend, but is enough for me to decide I am done with this person."

Carolyn Hax: Excluding Dad's girlfriend from a wedding

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 18:37:00 UT

A reader writes: "I'm fine with having my dad there, but I absolutely do not want my dad's girlfriend there."