Carolyn Hax

Carolyn Hax: A crushing thing to tell a divorcing daughter

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Her parents don’t believe the son-in-law they love was abusive. Are they really in a position to be sure of that?

    Carolyn Hax: Phone-obsessed Mom unplugged from family

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    His wife constantly checks Facebook, texts and e-mail, and gets contemptuous when called on it.

      Carolyn Hax: Friend swipes her perfect wedding venue

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      Now the place has lost some of its magic and she doesn’t know if she should still book it.

        Carolyn Hax: My mom is trying to regift my wedding rings

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        Get to the heart of why Mom is pushing to give away keepsakes she already gave you.

          Carolyn Hax: Her over-tidy fiance could have control issues

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          Woman wonders whether continual comments about her messy habits could mean he isn’t the one.

            Advice Columnists


            Civilities: The president made history with three words last night: ‘Transgender,’ ‘bisexual’ and ‘lesbian’

            Obama’s reaffirmed his commitment to LGBT rights in his State of the Union address.

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            Civilities: Coming out on a résumé

            A gay college senior wonders about the etiquette of a job search. Also, an update on the Christian innkeepers.

            The Rev. Luke Powery, dean of Duke Chapel, and Imam Adeel Zeb, the campus Muslim chaplain and director of the Center for Muslim Life, speak to the media on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, in Durham, N.C.  The earlier decision by Duke Chapel to have Muslim students issue a call to prayer from the bell tower was rescinded and resulted in a show of support from hundreds of Duke students for their fellow students who are Muslim. (AP Photo/The Herald-Sun, Christine T. Nguyen)

            Knowledge, religion, vitriol

            A call to prayer at Duke triggers a tsunami of angry reactions.

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            Hints From Heloise: Hope is in the cards

            It’s that time again: Heloise’s annual appeal for readers to support St. Jude’s Ranch for Children.

            Hints From Heloise: Where did the vacuum bags go?

            A reader wonders what manufacturers were thinking when they created bagless vacuums.

            Hints From Heloise: New driver has old oil

            Where can her son, who recently got his first car and learned to change the oil, dispose of the old oil?

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            Animal Doctor: Getting a dog to drink more water

            Dog barely touches water bowl; treating a herniated disc; inflammatory bowel disease.

            Animal Doctor: The risks of buying dogs online

            Buying dogs from puppy mills; cat drools excessively; limiting exercise for older dogs; cat bullies other pets.

            Animal Doctor: Recipe for home-prepared dog food

            Substituting a homemade diet for commercial dog food; the case for empathetic animals; a yelping dog.

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            Ask Amy: Abuser and abused might meet at family wedding

            Setting the stage for such a fraught encounter at a high-octane event is a bad idea on many levels.

            Ask Amy: Readers conflicted about crowdfunding requests

            Two readers, one problem: friends and relatives who ask others to fund trips, dental work, IVF and more.

            Ask Amy: Wronged husband wants to tell the other wife

            Amy says he was right to confront the man and he’d be right to tell this man’s wife of her husband’s affair.

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            Miss Manners: Gentle Reader wants to celebrate herself

            Unmarried and childless, she’s given a lot to a lot of people over the years. She thinks it’s time for payback.

            Miss Manners: Foe of pacifiers must keep hands to herself

            The Gentle Reader’s relative absconds with babies’ pacifiers, as she disapproves of their use.

            Miss Manners: Dead bug trumps etiquette in this situation

            A frequent customer at a pizza place finds a dead bug on her plate and is worried about offending the server.

            Miss Manners: Sometimes a party is just a party

            The Gentle Reader has reaffirmed Miss Manners’s faith in humanity by wanting to throw a selfless party.

            Miss Manners: A winery is no place for toddlers

            The invitations said ‘no children,’ but her boyfriend wants to make an exception for his niece’s kids.

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            Advice from Slate's 'Dear Prudence'

            Live discussion with Slate advice columnist Dear Prudence, a.k.a. Emily Yoffe.

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

            @Work Advice: When your boss gives you a phone

            Employer-issued smartphone convenience comes at a price, often measured in the loss of your privacy.


              Family Almanac

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              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


              The middle child just needs some love

              Her middle child is a prickly pear. How to fix this? Meghan Leahy advises.

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

              Meghan Leahy, a parenting coach with Positively Parenting, will join Amy Joyce to talk about parenting children of all ages.

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              My teens won’t help with chores

              Two teens don’t help much. Are they still good kids?

              On Parenting: Meghan Leahy and Amy Joyce took questions about parenting

              Meghan Leahy, a parenting coach with Positively Parenting, will join Amy Joyce to talk about parenting children of all ages.

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              What to do when your child is a perfectionist

              When your son or daughter gives up when the going gets tough, here is how to handle it.

              Date Lab

              Date Lab daters Peter and Riley

              Date Lab: Two tall guys. Will they see eye to eye?

              They had a lot in common until a small hitch about a hobby.

              Sunny and Rachel

              Date Lab: Is it true that opposites attract?

              They both claim their nerdiness. That’s about where similarities end.

              Asif and Julia

              Date Lab: She’s all Microsoft, he’s all Apple

              But both could hold their own in an intelligent, interesting conversation.

              Ryan and Kanika at Bibiana on 12/3/14

              Date Lab: This pair is united on at least one thing

              They share a devotion to Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill.”

              Steve and Joan

              Date Lab: Same birthday. Same page?

              These two daters have an O. Henry ending to a chatty evening.

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