Carolyn Hax

Speaking up against cruelty can make a memorable impact

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A formerly bullied kid remembers the educator who made a difference; dating with kids; Facebook etiquette.

    Carolyn Hax: Mother should drop the smoke screen with her daughter

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    Explaining a nicotine addition can be instructive to a child, but lying about the habit sends a harmful message.

      Carolyn Hax: Reader chooses to buck society’s on-time fixation

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      A chronically tardy person laments arriving at a meeting punctually, only to realize, “I rushed for this?”

        Readers’ advice on overhearing gossip

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        While Hax is away, readers offer advice on gossip, untreated disorders, and raising children.

        Carolyn Hax: Readers dish on charities, paternity leave

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        Readers give advice on how families can raise money for good causes and best strategies for paternity leave.

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          Facebook wants me to ‘friend’ my shrink. Umm, no.

          There’s something odd — and unsettling — about coming across personal photos of my therapist.

          Sick kids to benefit from Westboro Baptist’s protest of Robin Williams’s funeral

          Westboro Baptist’s protest plans for Robin Williams’s funeral help raise funds for St. Jude’s

          SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 26:  Actors Stephen Moyer (L) and Anna Paquin attend HBO's 'True Blood' panel during Comic-Con International 2014 at San Diego Convention Center on July 26, 2014 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

          Civilities: Can bisexuality become ‘past tense’?

          Actress Anna Paquin’s interview with Larry King highlights the confusion many seem to have about bisexuality.

            

          Hints From Heloise: Help for houseplants

          Not only are they beautiful, they’re also little air purifiers.

          Hints From Heloise: What’s in Worcestershire sauce?

          There are a lot of things in Worcestershire sauce, but pepper isn’t one of them.

          Hints From Heloise: Stainless-steel scratches

          A multipurpose metal polish might help, but if not, it’s probably time to call in the pros.

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          Animal Doctor: Caring for ferrets and other ‘exotic’ pets

          Think twice before getting a ferret; holistic veterinarians; indoor vs. outdoor cats; a miracle allergy drug?

          Animal Doctor: Not all dogs react the same to pain

          Some dogs have high thresholds; when dogs are a public nuisance; litter box aversion; food allergies.

          Animal Doctor: Potential hazards of flea and tick products

          A reader thinks a chemical in an anti-flea product turned a gentle dog into an aggressive one; gastritis in dogs.

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          Ask Amy: Son camps on floor while visiting dad

          Her nephew seems to be an afterthought during his visitations with his father’s new family.

          Ask Amy: Woman wonders about dating disclosure

          Disclosing bisexuality on a first date is TMI, Amy says; it’s more appropriate for a third date, in her view.

          Ask Amy: Parental breakup takes a toll on adult daughter

          She’s angry at her unfaithful father, but at the same time feels she should comfort him.

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          Miss Manners: Shapewear for the bridesmaids?

          The mother of the bride also is supplying everyone with “a good bra.”

          Miss Manners: Big friends need big chairs

          Overweight friends have accidentally broken several sofas of the Gentle Reader’s over the years.

          Miss Manners: Let guests know when dinner will be served

          The Gentle Reader is disgruntled that so many guests arrive for dinner after the scheduled time.

          Miss Manners: Mother offended by praise for ‘grandson’

          The male in question was her son, not her grandson; Miss Manners supplies a graceful response.

          Miss Manners: Wait staff are there to serve, not embrace

          Her husband introduces himself to waiters; she finds it awkward and patronizing.

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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: Spheres of non-influence

          A reader wants to keep work life and personal life totally separate. Is that unusual?

            Family

            Family Almanac

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            Offer forgiveness to daughter, and save some for yourself

            Marguerite Kelly advises a mom who is devastated by her daughter’s wish to cut her out of her life.

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            The best 10 minutes in all of parenthood

            Reinvigorating the routine with a little undivided attention.

            Hadley Hooper

            How to get the baby to sleep longer

            Marguerite Kelly advises this parent how to help an infant sleep longer.

            Meghan Leahy

            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.

            Crying girl.

            How to handle a tot with tantrums? Meghan Leahy advises.

            This almost-2-year-old is having heavy-duty tantrums. How can a parent cope? Meghan Leahy advises.

            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.

            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.

            Date Lab

            They talked about wills on their first date.

            Metro mishaps, monument visits and lawyer talk: This was a very D.C. date.

            Micahel and Karen

            Will these fit foodies find Date Lab fulfillment?

            They have a lot in common, but chemistry could be the missing element.

            Brandon and Jen

            The second time is not a charm

            A repeat Date Lab customer gets another try - 8 years later - but the result is the same

            Tony and Hope

            With this couple you can almost feel the good vibe

            A shared interest in travel, food and family bodes well for a winning date.

            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.

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