Carolyn Hax

Carolyn Hax: A disagreement over drinking signals a deeper issue

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A partner always judging and the other always feeling judged is a recipe for unhappiness.

    Carolyn Hax: Is desire a strike against her boyfriend?

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    Beau’s inclination to go to ballgame with his parents instead of attending a wedding with her may be a problem.

      Carolyn Hax: Parents want to honor her, but not her wishes

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      COLUMN | Her parents want to host a baby shower, but refuse to accept her request that it be co-ed.

        Carolyn Hax: Finding middle ground while policing movies and T.V.

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        How do you draw the line between what’s appropriate for kids to watch — and what’s not?

          Carolyn Hax: Mom wants to feel appreciated, but not with a group card

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          Her son’s family signed a Mother’s Day card, and her grandson made one, but she wants more from her son.

            Advice Columnists

            Civilities

            Civilities: ‘When two lesbians marry why does one wear a dress, and the other pants?’

            Civilities: ‘When two lesbians marry why does one wear a dress, and the other pants?’

            Steven Petrow explains that fashion choices are not the same as gender identity.

            Civilities: For trans people, being ‘terrified of bathrooms’ is common

            Civilities: For trans people, being ‘terrified of bathrooms’ is common

            Her daughter was harassed while in line to use the restroom because she looks like a boy.

            Civilities: Bruce Jenner: “Have an open mind and an open heart”

            Civilities: Bruce Jenner: “Have an open mind and an open heart”

            On Friday night 16.9 million viewers watched Diane Sawyer interview Jenner about being a transgender woman.

            More Civilities with Steven Petrow

            Hints from Heloise

            Hints From Heloise: Do the bump?

            A reader finds handshakes distasteful and would prefer fist bumps or Japanese-style bowing.

            Hints From Heloise: Brown-sugar blues

            The age-old question of what to do with rock-solid brown sugar.

            Hints From Heloise: Stop before you go

            A reader advises stopping mail, etc., the day before a vacation to make sure the stop order went through.

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            Animal Doctor

            Animal Doctor: Pets and their owners share diet-related conditions

            Some human diet-related diseases are also seen in their pets; persistent cough; curbing a dog’s aggression.

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            Ask Amy

            Ask Amy: Sometimes ‘I love you’ seems like a threat

            To maintain the polite distance she wants to keep, ‘how nice, thank you’ may be the best response.

            Ask Amy: Woman needs to stop coming out and simply ‘be’ out

            Amy sees that the writer wants very much to be taken seriously. But first she must take herself seriously.

            Ask Amy: Secret passion leads to awkward friendship

            She shared a kiss with an ex-prof. Now his partner, who’ll be studying in her city this fall, wants to be roomies.

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            Miss Manners

            Miss Manners: Young dandy doesn’t seem to know rule about hats indoors

            A fellow in a feathered fedora worn at a wedding was introduced as ‘the most dapperest man I know.’

            Miss Manners: Spontaneity can be another form of disrespect

            The Gentle Reader is often called to spontaneous meetings by someone who may become a business partner.

            Miss Manners: ‘Happy Memorial Day’ doesn’t quite fit the bill

            The only fitting use of such a greeting would be to encourage shopkeepers who use it to advertise sales.

            Miss Manners: Dishwasher drama can be easily avoided

            How should a disagreement on which way to load silverware be resolved when one is visiting the other?

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            @Work Advice columnist Karla Miller (DEB LINDSEY/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)

            Work Advice: Her maternity leave may become permanent

            What to do when your company plans to lay you off while you are on leave.

              Family

              Family Almanac

              Illustration by HADLEY HOOPER for THE WASHINGTON POST

              A few final thoughts from Marguerite Kelly

              The parenting columnist offers her best advice after 35 years of writing.

              Illusration by Hadley Hooper for The Washington Post

              When co-sleeping leads to commotion

              FAMILY ALMANAC | Two boys, 4 and 9, enjoy co-sleeping, but it can cause commotion.

              Help! My teen son is driving me crazy

              Her 14-year-old doesn’t listen and Marguerite Kelly advises how to handle it.

              Meghan Leahy

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              The summer backslide

              How to avoid it without ruining the fun.

              On Parenting: Meghan Leahy, Amy Joyce take questions about parenting

              Join us at 11 a.m. to talk all things parenting.

              Social network birds design, vector

              A stepmom-to-be considers her tightrope-walking skills

              Advice on parenting in split-family situations.

              On Parenting: Meghan Leahy, Amy Joyce take questions about parenting

              Join us at 11 a.m. to talk all things parenting.

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              How to be your daughter’s confidante

              Helping a “bossy” 7-year-old who’s feeling ostracized at school.

              Date Lab

              Becca and Jordan

              This couple revealed to each other their special craving — for cheese

              Like the saying goes, fun is in the eye of the beholder.

              Jacqueline and Matt

              Date Lab: She’s already a winner in his book

              At first sight, he said, “Wow!” She said, “Great!” Will the rest of this couple’s evening be as beautiful?

              Tom and Kathleen at Flemings steak house 4/4/15

              Early in the date he asked her: Have you seen ‘Married at First Sight’?

              If the people on the TV show can get hitched at first sight, our daters can spend an evening having fun, right?

              Mordecai and Elizabeth

              Can good repartee open a door to romance?

              This pair ditched the small talk and got down to their bucket lists.

              Missy and Padtraig(Pat) at Restaurant Eve 4/4/15

              Two charmers with a lust for life

              DATE LAB | Does the spark at first sight last all evening for these daters?

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