Carolyn Hax

Carolyn Hax: Perspective on an ‘Is this all there is?’ crisis

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A reader wonders whether she needs a different life after seeing a friend’s husband and a co-worker die young.

Carolyn Hax: Seeking togetherness in a fractured family

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Family members have been splitting apart. Now, her kids have been excluded from a nephew’s wedding.

Carolyn Hax: He has a girlfriend, and many female friends

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His girlfriend sometimes appears ill at ease with his having so many female friends. What should he do?

Hax Philes: Getting to know yourself means asking questions

One reader shares thoughts on getting to know yourself by asking questions you’ve forgotten the answers to.

Carolyn Hax: In a rush to reclaim a relationship

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A woman who lost her boyfriend over her “inappropriate” behavior with other guys has more mending to do.

Advice Columnists


U.S. Ambassador to Denmark visits woman in local hospice

Good deed: U.S. Ambassador to Denmark visits woman in local hospice

What to expect at my first gay wedding?

Discussion of same-sex nuptials and what’s up with Facebook’s new gender options?

Petrow piggy bank

Civilities: A lesbian daughter fears parents play favorites

A potential family feud bubbles up over money set aside for grandchildren.


Hints From Heloise: Don’t let ladder get wired

A retired fire department worker warns of ladders coming in contact with overhead electric wires.

Hints From Heloise: Rebates spark debate

Is there an ulterior motive in manufacturers making rebates so difficult to redeem?

Hints from Heloise: LATCH helps secure care seat

LATCH seats (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) are required in most cars manufactured after 2002.

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Animal Doctor: Dog is finally cured of itchy skin condition

Salmon and other fish oils can improve a dog’s coat; veterinary association weighs in on feral cats.

Animal Doctor: Mange mites are often overlooked

Specialist misses source of problem; cat won’t use litter box to poop; dog has adverse reaction to flea drugs.

Animal Doctor: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, in a Lab

Dog turns aggressive; environmental contamination; massage therapy; dog becomes agitated while riding.

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Ask Amy: High schooler worries about college cost

Student worries about the financial strain private school tuition puts on parents.

Ask Amy: Time to recover from ‘worst week ever’

She got blindsided by a bad work review, a Facebook breakup and being dumped by a friend.

Ask Amy: Gramma wants to charge for baby-sitting

It’s really a savings plan for the grandchild, but before she could explain it, her daughter-in-law balked.

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Miss Manners: The ol’ silverware ‘gotcha’

Using the wrong silverware is not the end of the world and is a minuscule matter in the world of etiquette.

Miss Manners: Just say no to sales party invitation

No excuses are necessary for declining such an invitation, however guilty one may feel for saying no.

Miss Manners: Online status update: Leave me alone!

A Gentle Reader abhors the online ‘buddy list’ that alerts others that one is online.

Miss Manners: Gifts require acknowledgment. Period.

The Gentle Reader bought a car for a recent college grad and heard not a peep of thanks.

Miss Manners: Restaurant hostess spares all from diaper

When a customer wanted her to dispose of a soiled diaper in the bus trays, she understandably balked.

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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: ‘Is that legal?’ Karla, advisers weigh in.

Employees wonder about spousal surcharges for health insurance and posting vacation plans for all to see.


Family Almanac


What to do about bored kids this summer

Marguerite Kelly gives advice about what to do with two boys who sit around and watch TV.


Mom needs to apologize this time

She disagrees with her son’s girlfriend on many things, but maybe she’s the one to apologize.

Illustration by Hadley Hopper for the Washington Post

Go all new-school on bullying

It’s time to transfer 11-year-old victim to a better education environment.


The looming empty nest

Ordinary events remind writer that one stage of motherhood is coming to an end.

Even kids know that guns are a public health issue

With surgeon general debate, adults run the risk of alienating those they are trying to protect

Cutting the writing section from the SAT is just plain dumb

No skill should be more valued that being able to translate your thoughts clearly into writing

How mothers can have joy and fun

Olympian mom shows that parenthood doesn’t need to be a zero-sun game.

Senioritis is very rarely fatal

Despite dire warnings and parental angst, few students lose their acceptances to senioritis.

Date Lab

Michael and Liza at Woodward table June 22. 2014

A date that ends with a proposal, sort of

He might not be the right guy for her, but she gives the thumbs up for others to date him.

Eleena and Daniel

Date Lab: They asked the D.C. questions, and the fun followed

Despite disagreeing on the merits of Louis C.K., this couple found much in common.

James and Mo go horseback riding

A date on horseback

A ride through Rock Creek Park sparks conversation — and interest.

Joe and Annie at iLPorto on May 29, 2014

It’s not how the date starts that matters, it’s how it ends

Here’s a date that even hip surgery couldn’t keep from happening.

Stephen and Joshuah

Keep calm and meet your soul mate. Or not.

They’re new to D.C. and searching for a connection.

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