Carolyn Hax

Carolyn Hax: Playing the toddler comparison game

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A mother of a 3-year-old wonders how to fend off her husband’s frequent worries about the child.

    Carolyn Hax: Avoid. Confront. How about the middle?

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    If father’s suspicions are true, that’s all the more reason to be supportive and nonjudgmental.

      Carolyn Hax: Husband’s malleable enthusiasm about family road trips

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      He resists driving 5.5 hours with both kids to visit his wife’s siblings, but he’s raring to go when it’s his siblings.

        Carolyn Hax: No chance of a sequel to these bedroom tales

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        It’s cruel for a partner to mention past sexual experiences, then rule out ever repeating them, a poster opines.

          Carolyn Hax: Trip stirs doubts about relationship

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          His girlfriend is anxious to have him meet her family over Christmas, but he’s not sure about their future.

            Advice Columnists


            Does ‘girls’ night’ out exclude a lesbian’s new fiancee?

            Girls’ night out is meant to be a “no spouse” zone and not just a “no guys” one.

            FILE - In this June 26, 2013, file photo, Sean Lewrence, of Philadelphia, holds up a flag during a rally for gay marriage, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia.  A federal appeals court on Thursday, Nov. 6. 2014, upheld anti-gay marriage laws in four states, breaking ranks with other courts that have considered the issue and setting up the prospect of Supreme Court review. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

            Did a lesbian couple bully Christian innkeepers?

            Two women wanted to wed on a farm in New York, and the owners disapproved, so protest followed.

            A wedding cake with a groom couple and a bride couple is seen at The Abbey restaurant at a celebration of the over100 same-sex marriages performed today in West Hollywood, California, July 1 2013.. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals lifted California's ban on same-sex marriages just three days after the Supreme Court ruled that supporters of the ban, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the high court. AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

            What to expect at your first same-sex wedding

            Etiquette columnist Steven Petrow offers advice on attending celebrations that may be new to you.

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            Hints From Heloise: Read the time away

            Heloise picked up a hint from her dad: bringing along ‘pass-the-time’ reading that can be left behind for others.

            Hints From Heloise: A second order of fries

            Some restaurants offer generous portions of fries; this reader re-purposes the extras at home.

            Hints From Heloise: Retract your dog!

            A reader sounds off on dog owners who let their pups confront other dogs.

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            Animal Doctor: A change in diet might prevent infections

            Fighting urinary tract infections; the possible causes of renal failure; cat is drawn to the color yellow.

            Animal Doctor: Death separates inseparable cats

            Bereavement in the animal world; the debate over neutering and its effects on the long-term health of pets.

            Animal Doctor: Euthanasia is rampant at shelters

            Millions of animals are destroyed each ear; when pets grieve; getting a cat to drink more water.

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            Ask Amy: This year, put a ‘Book on Every Bed’

            Amy kicks off her annual campaign to share a gift-giving tradition that reaps boundless, lifelong rewards.

            Ask Amy: Parents not crazy about daughter’s beau

            Long story short, they don’t think he’s good enough for her. Amy asks them to consider what she sees in him.

            Ask Amy: Annual trip to house run by cats terrifies parents

            Their son and daughter-in-law let the cats everywhere, and keep the litter box in the kitchen.

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            Miss Manners: Call to explain sad cause of canceled shower

            Her daughter’s baby died in utero shortly before birth; this mom should make the sad calls to explain.

            Miss Manners: Exchanging lists is not thoughtful giving

            A Gentle Reader wonders what the point is in exchanging shopping lists rather than choosing a gift?

            Miss Manners: Wedding cake no place for macabre humor

            Her fiance, an aficionado of skulls, has a his-and-hers version he’d like to use as a wedding cake topper.

            Miss Manners: Niece accused of wrong despite doing right

            She complied with aunt’s request not to text at movie; her boyfriend then interpreted her ‘silence’ as cheating.

            Miss Manners: Invitation to gala is missing guest’s wife

            Such a lapse would be shocking unless the invitee is an employee expected to work.

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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: Keeping confidences

            One worker was betrayed by a potential employer; the other wonders what is owed a former employer


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              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

              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.

              Greeting card for the bear mother and cub cute hug. Vector illustration.

              Tips for how to handle a jealous big sister

              Advice for a mom whose older daughter is having tantrums now that baby has arrived.

              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.

              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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              How and when to set boundaries for children

              Boundary setting can be clear and easy. Here are some ground rules to consider.

              Date Lab

              Keith and Maya 12/14/14 Date Lab

              Date Lab: Well-worn luggage seeks home

              Two world travelers discover they are both at the nesting stage. And...?

              Edward and Jenny

              Date Lab: Small town roots; big city match?

              He had difficult news to share, but that didn’t take away from their night together.

              Regina and Chris

              Date Lab: For these two Nats fans, hope springs eternal

              Their favorite team may have collapsed, but their date didn’t follow suit.


              Date Lab: He hasn’t read Harry Potter, so....yeah

              But maybe all is not lost. They are both fans of bacon.

              Jessica and Jack

              Date Lab: This one just might take

              He says she’s beautiful. She says he’s a unicorn. That’s a good thing. Plus, there’s a video!

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