Carolyn Hax

Carolyn Hax: Should you keep secrets from your spouse?

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Wife says if she’s told a secret, she shouldn’t tell anyone. Husband says he should be the exception.

Carolyn Hax: Who is right when they argue — a wife who cries or a husband who yells?

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Mrs. Sensitive and Mr. Loud have a bigger issue than communication.

Carolyn Hax: A needy friend on top of dad’s alcoholism is taking a toll

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She feels ambushed by her friend’s needs because she has too many of her own right now.

Carolyn Hax: Steps to take when the sex life in a marriage goes kaput

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Intimacy means the need for both members in a relationship to survey and remedy a delicate situation.

Carolyn Hax: College-age daughter doesn’t need snooping by parent

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Learning to let go is part of parenthood, and an adult child’s personal affairs must remain private.

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Civilities

Civilities: Is it time to include ‘Mx.’ in the mix with ‘Ms.’ and ‘Mr.’?

Civilities: Is it time to include ‘Mx.’ in the mix with ‘Ms.’ and ‘Mr.’?

Steven Petrow gives tips on how to address people who prefer to stay on gender-neutral terms.

Civilities: A lesbian mom asks: How do I stop our Catholic bishop from insulting my family?

Civilities: A lesbian mom asks: How do I stop our Catholic bishop from insulting my family?

Steven Petrow advises that “suck it up” is not the right answer.

Life after Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage

Life after Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage

Dealing with people “full of hate.” Plus: An ally asks for help handling ignorance.

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Hints from Heloise

Hints From Heloise: Politeness at the pump

An RV driver who needs the diesel pump wishes drivers using regular gas would move quickly after fueling.

Hints From Heloise: Groceries, not garbage

A reader sounds off on grocery carts being used as garbage bins.

Hints From Heloise: Too much sun is no fun

A sunscreen with an SPF factor of 30 is the minimum one should use.

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Animal Doctor

Animal Doctor: Allergic reactions to insect bites can be serious

Biting insects can trigger serious reactions in pets; cat resists prescription diets; don’t let cats roam.

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Ask Amy

Ask Amy: Custody battle leaves lonely son in its wake

Her 8-year-old’s friends seem to be drifting away after their parents got an earful of vicious lies from her ex.

Ask Amy: Elderly mother falls for mail scams

Her children have tried to intervene but she won’t stop. Amy consults with an authority on the matter at AARP.

Ask Amy: Mom conflicted about pursuing financial support

She’s torn over whether she should ask her ex, a devoted stepdad, for child support. Amy says no.

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Miss Manners

Miss Manners: Sister-in-law is only too eager to please

In a world of moochers, excessive generosity seems a lesser worry. Still, Miss Manners sympathizes.

Miss Manners: European perplexed by Americans’ anti-Americanism

Miss Manners suggests it’s an old inferiority complex echoing the sneers of two centuries ago.

Miss Manners: Cellphone surfing needs some explanation for guests

Her husband is looking up information relevant to the topic at hand, but that is not always clear.

Miss Manners: Charity runner in marathon seeks charity of his own

The reader wants to run the Boston Marathon but doesn’t have the $5,000 required as a charity runner.

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

Work Advice: How to handle a boss who puts religion first at the office

His habits and mannerisms make some workers uncomfortable. But are those habits illegal?

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

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

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

Istock

When your 5-year-old asks about the F-word

Don’t overthink it, tell the truth, and don’t make it taboo (because then you will never stop hearing it).

Sleeping sweet girl. Vector cartoon Illustration

6 steps to dealing with a toddler’s morning tantrums

This, too, will pass, says parenting coach Meghan Leahy. Meanwhile, here are some ways to ease the pain.

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Potty-eschewing preschooler’s bathroom time turns into a battlefield

As a young boy struggles with soiling himself, the adults should understand that he has few communication tools.

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

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

Date Lab

Date Lab: Noah and Emily Jun30 2015

Date Lab: These tall redheads don’t exactly see eye-to-eye

For one of them, a couple of deal-breakers presented themselves.

Date Labbers David and Rachel

Date Lab: Who needs chemistry if you have stimulating conversation?

Two introverts find they have a lot to talk about together.

Simul and Christine datlabbers

Date Lab: They each had a card to put on the table

The question is: Did they deal aces or jokers?

Date Lab: How this couple ended up at a strip club

Okay, so they were actually outside the show bar, not in it.

Annise(Ann) and Dennis go out Oyamel May 21, 2015

She’s ‘sparkly’ like Christmas — and someone’s looking for the mistletoe

They joked around, played some games and found a little “chemistry.”

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