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A woman feels inferior to the man she’s dating. Is he just using her until someone better comes along?
A woman wonders how to stop the endless snarky weight comments from her bulimic/anorexic family.
How does she decide whether to keep seeing him?
A mother whose kids are 4 and 5 asks how to occasionally fend off an abrasive 9-year-old neighbor.
A bit of ammonia on a paper towel — and time — may be all you need to loosen the grit on waffle irons.
Leftover candy canes? Dip the straight ends in chocolate for a fancy treat.
A reader was surprised to learn that the Postal Service does not insure money or gift cards.
They’re at a loss on how to correct their child’s rude friend. Asking the child to set an example may help.
A Gentle Reader’s friend suggests she start teaching her toddler now to ‘behave like a gentleman.’
It is not impolite to ask for someone’s exit-row seat on a plane. Nor is it impolite to refuse such a request.
The four sets of grandparents here seem to want one simple thing: To delight their grandchild.
Executive assistant is treated to nothing more than a bellowed “JOHN” when answering one boorish caller.
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Her mother-in-law is a piece of work, but she’s also going out of her way to find out things to be offended about.
Her son, 24, is fond of wearing skirts, and she’s worried about a family invitation to a conservative eatery.
Her boyfriend’s problems just seem to grow. She’d like to get out now, but he’s at a particularly low point.
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Cat has abnormal appetite; taking a cat off a medically prescribed diet can be risky; dog suffers from PTSD.
Older dogs are prone to develop usually benign cysts or tumors in hair follicles and glands in the skin.
A wife wants a dog’s ashes interred with war veteran at Arlington National Cemetery.
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Boss plans to require those who refuse flu vaccine to wear masks and gloves.
Should they divorce? A wandering husband leaves a wife with a mentally ill son.
So many holidays jammed together this year might make it hard to buy. But Marguerite Kelly has ideas.
Her son has one major problem with potty training. Marguerite Kelly advises how to fix the problem.
MOMSPEAK | In hoping the next stage of parenthood will be better, parents can miss the point of childhood.
Harvard survey finds 42 percent of kids cheated on homework. What’s the big deal?
This year, resolve to be a less meddlesome parent.
But do they like each other?
His name is Fabio and he’s helping teach her words in Italian. Perfetto!
Does the food critic have a future in matchmaking?
But is there a future?
Will their date be all academic?
Advice Columnist Carolyn Hax takes your questions and comments about the strange train we call life and your holiday horrors.
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