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Carolyn Hax: Should you ask GF's dad for permission to marry?

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:00:00 UT

A reader writes: "I plan to ask my girlfriend's father for permission to marry his daughter. How early is this commonly done before proposing and, if possible, should it be in person?"

Carolyn Hax: MIL exacts emotional toll for child care services

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 15:47:00 UT

A reader writes: "Mainly in the form of constantly haranguing and lecturing my wife on her deficiencies as a mother -- i.e. doing anything differently than she did because she was obviously the perfect mother."

Carolyn Hax: The secret to happiness is self-honesty

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 15:48:00 UT

A reader writes: "Based on all the questions you see, is there any one nugget of advice you would give to EVERYONE to be happier and to find their own inner solutions to problems?"

Carolyn Hax: Loving on-again, off-again boyfriend unconditionally?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:48:00 UT

A reader writes: "If I love him, shouldn't I accept him for who he is and love him unconditionally? Or should I keep trying to get him to communicate with me in a way I need, since we are still learning how the other wants and needs to be loved?"

Carolyn Hax: Wife doesn't respect son's vegetarianism

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 16:29:00 UT

A reader writes: "We're usually on the same page and of course both parents should make decisions involving the kids, but I don't feel like it's even our decision to make. My son made it, and at 8 I think he's capable of deciding he doesn't like animals being killed for his food."

Carolyn Hax: Protecting grandsons from their chaotic mother

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:03:00 UT

A reader writes: "If I choose to let the boy's mother back into their lives, there have to be boundaries. Her attitude is that she's better (for now) so let's just forget all the crap that's happened in the past."

Carolyn Hax: Girlfriend 'crazy' for prolonging dog's life?

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:43:00 UT

A reader writes: "My girlfriend is crazy (maybe literally?) about her dog."

Carolyn Hax: Mother and daughter at political odds

Mon, 9 Oct 2017 17:17:00 UT

A reader writes: "As a person separate from me, I respect her having her own opinions, but as her mother I am so saddened and, well, disappointed."

Carolyn Hax: Broke boyfriend prioritizes drugs over job-hunting

Sun, 8 Oct 2017 17:05:00 UT

A reader writes: "Our relationship, overall, is healthy. But recently I have started noticing a growing resentment toward my boyfriend, because I'm always paying for most things."

Carolyn Hax: Mystery anxiety over brother's wedding

Sat, 7 Oct 2017 17:24:00 UT

A reader writes: "My older brother and only sibling is getting married in 15 days, and I'm getting more and more anxious the closer it gets. I can't seem to find a concrete reason for my nerves."

Carolyn Hax: Husband refuses to take steps to improve marriage

Fri, 6 Oct 2017 17:13:00 UT

A reader writes: "Am I a fool to leave my best friend and secure marriage because he refuses to do the (not unreasonable) things I need to be happy?"

Carolyn Hax: Suspecting he proposed just to keep status quo

Thu, 5 Oct 2017 16:45:00 UT

A reader writes: "I'm not willing to stay not-married forever. I was very close to leaving for this exact reason, and when he realized I was serious, quickly worked to get me an engagement ring."

Carolyn Hax: Staying in unhealthy marriage set bad example for daughter

Wed, 4 Oct 2017 16:30:00 UT

A reader writes: "But now my only child treats me with the same disrespect and attempts the same manipulation practices and I am just sick of it. We are still close but I am sad about her disregard and disrespect. I just want it to stop. What do I do?"

Carolyn Hax: Teen attacked for political social media posts

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 16:18:00 UT

A reader writes: "How can I ask them to allow him to express himself freely while acknowledging it is a painful topic for them? He's super-sensitive and now feels ashamed for stating his thoughts."