Most Fridays, advice columnist Carolyn Hax takes your comments and questions. Carolyn has hosted this chat since 1998, answering your wide-ranging questions about life, family, relationships and more. Some questions may be adapted into full columns.

This week’s live chat is over, but you can read a transcript from the discussion below. (Having trouble reading the transcript? Email livechatsupport@washpost.com for support.) Carolyn’s next live chat is at 12 p.m. on Oct. 8 and you can submit questions here. You can also submit questions for her column by emailing tellme@washpost.com.