Carolyn Hax

Carolyn Hax: One separating couple, two different ways of dealing with it

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A woman getting counseling and moving on must recognize what she can’t do for her in-denial husband.

    Carolyn Hax: Mom needs to quit or tell her daughter. No ifs, ands or butts.

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    A woman who has a few cigarettes at work lies to the girl when asked whether she smokes.

      Carolyn Hax: How to find out if you and a potential partner are a good fit

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      The clues: How hard do you have to work to keep the peace? And do you know what love can and cannot do?

        Carolyn Hax: How to respond to unsolicited parenting advice

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        A neighbor has crossed bounds by being critical of children’s activities.

          Carolyn Hax: Conquer social anxiety one small step at a time

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          A reader wants to know how to get over her insecurity about flirting with men.

            Advice Columnists

            Civilities

            Civilities: ‘Honey, are you calling from 1952?’ Dealing with dated stereotypes

            Civilities: ‘Honey, are you calling from 1952?’ Dealing with dated stereotypes

            Steven Petrow answers questions on how to dealing with telemarketers and bullies on social media.

            Guys, here’s why it’s not worth testing yourself for a ‘lump’ down there

            A “Today” show segment promoted monthly testicular self-exams to save lives, but there’s no evidence it does.

            Civilities: How to prevent kids from learning to fear gay people

            Civilities: How to prevent kids from learning to fear gay people

            To change people’s long-held views on LGBT families, we must be our own ambassadors.

            More Civilities with Steven Petrow

            Hints from Heloise

            Hints From Heloise: The great indoors?

            A reader wants to make her indoor/outdoor cat as comfortable as possible when they move.

            Hints From Heloise: Keeping kids safe

            Heloise urges parents and grandparents to ‘think like a kid’ to remove potential hazards.

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            Animal Doctor

            Animal Doctor: Neurological disease affects pugs, other breeds

            Diagnosing pug dog encephalitis; revealing the origins of puppy mill dogs; food, litter and water concerns.

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            Ask Amy

            Ask Amy: Business partners didn’t leave it at the office

            His wife’s business partner wants her to be much more. Counseling is the first step toward saving the marriage.

            Ask Amy: Elderly father-in-law is verbally abusive toward wife

            Amy applauds the reader for standing up to his bully of a father-in-law and urges him to help his mother-in-law.

            Ask Amy: Affair partner wants to come clean. Should she?

            Her ex-beau is marrying a woman he cheated on with her. She wants to warn her before the wedding.

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            Miss Manners

            Miss Manners: Public plea for donations may be politely declined

            The Gentle Reader was accosted at the theater and later at a restaurant for donations to pet causes.

            Miss Manners: Don’t blame higher education for people who are rude

            Etiquette education is the province of parents and other caretakers, not schools.

            Miss Manners: Current invitation isn’t contingent on one in future

            In-laws’ views on gay marriage make them wonder how to negotiate invitations to their children’s nuptials.

            Miss Manners: Disposable glassware pressed into multiple service

            At a friend’s party, the disposable glasses were anything but — the host wanted them used repeatedly.

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

            @Work Advice: More questions about employers’ demands

            Many workers wonder, “Is this legal?”

              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

              Kid shouting through vintage megaphone. Communication concept. Blue sky background as copy space for your text

              The right response when your child doesn’t want to be ‘bossed around’

              A middle road can make the situation better for all.

              On Parenting: Meghan Leahy take questions about parenting

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

              Portrait illustration of a worried kid expressing sadness and depression

              Dealing with a 4-year-old’s behavior — without using time outs

              A mother wonders how to get her son to be less aggressive with his siblings.

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              How parents can learn to say yes again

              A mother thinks she says no too often, but doesn’t remember how to say yes.

              Date Lab

              Yo'av and Lily

              When our first pick can’t make the date, she suggests a friend

              They’ve both spent time in Israel. They both are shy and ambitious. ...

              Megan and Rob

              Fox’s Tony Perkins fretted about Date Lab dead ends ...

              So we sent his young, single producer out. Here’s what happened.

              (Mitch, Dan, Chelsea, Amanda, Sarah) Group date for special Dating issue 2/8/15

              Date Lab has an adventure: A group date!

              Will increasing the numbers increase the odds of a match?

              Kenneth and Katie 12/29/14

              Date Lab: Ms. Happy-Go-Lucky meets Mr. Motivated

              She wants people to like her. He wants someone self-sustaining.

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