Carolyn Hax: Stepparent is off the wedding guest list, per ex’s orders

Stepdaughter excludes stepparent of more than 10 years from her wedding guest list, saying it's because of her mother.

By Carolyn HaxFebruary 4, 2023

Miss Manners: They ask, I say no. Suddenly, they’re ‘just joking.’

A reader is annoyed by friends and family pretending they were “just joking” when the answer to a request is no.

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina MartinFebruary 4, 2023

Ask Amy: My friend is taking advantage of our offer to give her rides

A reader’s friend fell onto hard times and they offered to give her rides when she needed. Now, they feel like they’re being taken advantage of.

By Amy DickinsonFebruary 4, 2023

Carolyn Hax: What kind of friend gives a weight-loss book as a gift?

What possesses a friend to give a weight-loss book as a gift? This letter-writer wants to tell her how much it hurt.

By Carolyn HaxFebruary 3, 2023

Ask Amy: Grandma-to-be doesn’t want to host baby shower for unmarried couple

She thinks her son and his pregnant girlfriend should be married and doesn’t want to throw them a baby shower.

By Amy DickinsonFebruary 3, 2023

Miss Manners: Solo diner feels shamed by host’s ‘just one?’ question

A frequent solo diner doesn’t like it when restaurant hosts ask him, “Just one?”

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina MartinFebruary 3, 2023

Ask Sahaj: He wants kids, but I don’t. Should we break up?

She has two kids already and isn’t interested in having more. Her boyfriend initially said he didn’t want kids, but now he’s changed his mind.

By Sahaj Kaur KohliFebruary 2, 2023

Ask Amy: Veteran struggles with PTSD, addiction and wife’s affair

A veteran struggles with the affair his wife had during his struggles with PTSD and addiction.

By Amy DickinsonFebruary 2, 2023

Carolyn Hax: Caregiver is publicly blamed for father-in-law’s death

Sister-in-law didn't visit her ailing dad, and is now blaming his death "nonstop" on the in-law who cared for him.

By Carolyn HaxFebruary 2, 2023

Miss Manners: Landscaper is always finding clients’ hidden house keys

A landscaper is always finding clients’ hidden house keys and wonder if they should say something.

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina MartinFebruary 2, 2023

I’m looking for hope after my husband cheated. Carolyn Hax readers give advice.

He had an affair and threatened divorce. Carolyn Hax readers advise his spouse, who's looking for hope that "he can muster love for me again."

By Carolyn Hax and Haben KelatiFebruary 1, 2023

Summer camp conundrum: Let them play or send them to educational camp?

The answer is ... yes. Children need to play, and even educational camps should allow for that.

By Meghan LeahyFebruary 1, 2023

Ask Amy: Should I invite my estranged cousin to my wedding?

A bride-to-be is conflicted about inviting her estranged cousin to her upcoming wedding.

By Amy DickinsonFebruary 1, 2023

Carolyn Hax: No thank-you notes? Fine, no more gifts then.

Recognizing that thank-you notes are endangered doesn't make it feel any better to keep sending unacknowledged gifts.

By Carolyn HaxFebruary 1, 2023

Miss Manners: My friend has a large nude painting of herself on display

A reader feels uncomfortable in their friend’s living room – where a “very large and very explicit and detailed” nude photo of her hangs.

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina MartinFebruary 1, 2023

Ask Elaine: Should I change directions after being let go from my job?

A reader tries to figure out what's next after being let go from their job.

By Elaine WelterothJanuary 31, 2023

Ask Amy: I’m dating, but I can’t shake the fear of getting hurt again

A reader got out of a terrible marriage a couple years ago and worries about getting hurt again.

By Amy DickinsonJanuary 31, 2023

Miss Manners: We’re 3 years apart but she keeps saying how young I am

A reader’s friend won’t stop commenting on their age even though they’re only three years apart.

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina MartinJanuary 31, 2023

Carolyn Hax: Dependent adult son pushes back against mom’s pressure

Mom wants her son to work full time and stop relying on his dad, but his response to her expectations is at times "aggressively defiant."

By Carolyn HaxJanuary 31, 2023

The best Carolyn Hax columns about new beginnings

A roundup of the best Carolyn Hax columns about new beginnings.

By Haben Kelati and Carolyn HaxJanuary 30, 2023