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Carolyn Hax: Social butterfly at odds with partner's sociability

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 18:59:00 UT

A reader writes: "I am a 'joiner' and am involved in things that occupy the rest of my free time. My partner does not, and has begun complaining that he feels lonely when I am away from home for a few hours in the evening."

Carolyn Hax: Can screaming husband change?

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 17:40:00 UT

A reader writes: "This week there was another outburst that resulted in screaming for hours at me. I know it is time to leave for my sake and that of the kids, but I want to feel I have explored the options fully before I blow up the kids' lives."

Carolyn Hax: Mom takes 'ladies first' to extreme

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 15:51:00 UT

A reader writes: "I think putting men on the spot simply because of their gender is rude and have told her so, but she brushes me off."

Carolyn Hax: Lesbian PDA offends conservative friend

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 22:03:00 UT

A reader writes: "Recently, my girlfriend and I asked Sarah out to dinner. She initially replied maybe, then about an hour later told us she would come if we 'chilled with the PDA,' and added, 'I would ask the same if your girlfriend was a man.'"

Carolyn Hax: Boyfriend's mom is abusive — what to do?

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 16:34:00 UT

A reader writes: "His mother, though, is never nice to him. She's always been nice to me, but he's told me stories that still haunt him about verbal abuse from when he was a kid. Things like, "You're a loser just like your father," and blaming their divorce on him."

Carolyn Hax: Reach out to a long-lost half-sister?

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 18:22:00 UT

A reader writes: "I was in my hometown clearing out my dad's things when I stumbled upon evidence that the woman he was seeing 25 years ago, when I was in high school, got pregnant and left town, apparently to avoid gossip and to give the child up for adoption. I was absolutely floored."

Carolyn Hax: Worried about wife's teasing

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:57:00 UT

A reader writes: "I know teasing can be a playful way to get close or nudge us not to take ourselves too seriously. But sometimes I feel my wife uses it to express an opinion or point about me without saying it straight out."

Carolyn Hax: Mom of triplets gets judged for matching outfits

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 18:35:00 UT

A reader writes: "We often hear that we're stifling their imaginations and individuality by putting them in matching there a polite way to tell people to back off? Or to help us let this go?"

Carolyn Hax: Admitting fault in battle with sisters-in-law

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:20:00 UT

A reader writes: "My fiance's sister and I have a strained relationship. I see her only at Thanksgiving, Christmas and occasional family events. She does not acknowledge me upon entering a room, her home, or my home."

Carolyn Hax: Grandma wants to simplify parenting

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:22:00 UT

A reader writes: "I think you are going to tell me my role as Grandma is to say nothing and let them parent however they want, but is there any way to tell them that babies aren't that fragile and maybe they are making this harder than it needs to be?"

Carolyn Hax: Mother rejects gender roles, at a cost to her kids

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 17:14:00 UT

A reader writes: "My sister-in-law has a daughter and a son and has always wanted to avoid bringing them up in traditional gender roles...I have no problem with that, but in the last couple years, my nephew has become the stereotypical boy who loves trucks and football and hates princess movies, and my sister-in-law is increasingly snapping at him every time he expresses a preference for 'boy things.'"

Carolyn Hax: Recovering from a friendship collision

Sun, 9 Jul 2017 16:52:00 UT

A reader writes: "Fast-forward to today -- my closest friend 'Julie' has recently befriended 'Amy,' and they do lots of social things together most weekends. I feel upset that Julie is becoming close with someone who treated me so poorly."

Carolyn Hax: Dad's trust helps son build confidence

Sat, 8 Jul 2017 21:24:00 UT

While Carolyn's away, readers give the advice. Here's their take on liberating through boundaries, treating childless people as clueless about children, and more. 

Carolyn Hax: Reframing a partner's qualities

Fri, 7 Jul 2017 21:44:00 UT

While Carolyn's away, readers give the advice. Here's their take on the power of the mind, funeral exceptions, and more.