Carolyn Hax: Longtime boyfriend hides their relationship from his parents

They're approaching an agreed-on deadline for him to tell his parents they're dating. What if he misses it?

By Carolyn HaxAugust 13, 2022

Ask Amy: I don’t want to tell my sister my dog is dying

A reader doesn’t want to tell their sister that their dog is dying but knows she will be upset if they don't tell her.

By Amy DickinsonAugust 13, 2022

Miss Manners: My chronic back pain makes me rude to strangers

Reader’s chronic back pain and husband’s insensitivity toward it has made them resentful and rude to strangers.

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina MartinAugust 13, 2022

Carolyn Hax: Dad dismisses teaching career as a waste of time

A high school English teacher wonders how to respond to Dad's criticism that such low-paying work is a waste of skills and time.

By Carolyn HaxAugust 12, 2022

Miss Manners: Is this email to my co-worker rude?

Reader wants to squash a disagreement with their co-worker and needs help making their email more polite.

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina MartinAugust 12, 2022

Ask Amy: I keep getting cut in line at work

A reader gets upset every time one of their coworkers cut the punch out line at the end of their shift.

By Amy DickinsonAugust 12, 2022

Ask Sahaj: My mom can’t deal with emotions. How do I stop resenting her?

My mom has her own trauma she’s never dealt with.

By Sahaj Kaur KohliAugust 11, 2022

Carolyn Hax: Parents fight grown child’s career change and relocation ‘tooth and nail’

Parents fight grown child's career change and relocation "tooth-and-nail," and blame it all on a new love interest.

By Carolyn HaxAugust 11, 2022

Miss Manners: Can I ask patients not to take calls during visits?

A doctor wants to politely ask patients to not take phone calls during consultations.

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina MartinAugust 11, 2022

Ask Amy: What do I say when asked about my estranged family?

A reader is happy with their decision to not speak to their family but wonders how to respond when people ask about them.

By Amy DickinsonAugust 11, 2022

My fiance and I can’t agree on what to watch. Carolyn Hax readers give advice.

Carolyn Hax readers give advice to a letter writer who can't agree on what to watch with their fiance.

By Carolyn HaxAugust 10, 2022

She disagrees with her son’s parenting choices. Can she say anything?

My son can't say no to his 2-year-old who throws tantrums to get her way. It’s becoming increasingly difficult for me to hold my tongue. Any advice?

By Meghan LeahyAugust 10, 2022

Carolyn Hax: Friend pressures others to fix up ‘loser’ brother on dates

A friend wants matchmaking help for her brother, whose story involves “professional disgrace, financial problems and depression.”

By Carolyn HaxAugust 10, 2022

Miss Manners: It was cathartic to go to my abusive mother’s funeral

Reader and their siblings laughed their way through their abusive mother’s funeral.

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina MartinAugust 10, 2022

Ask Amy: He’s much younger but I fantasize about being with him

Reader is uncomfortable by her fantasies about a man 30 years younger who she hired to do work around her house.

By Amy DickinsonAugust 10, 2022

Carolyn Hax: Is dating a 48-year-old never-married man a waste of time?

A divorced woman who’s looking to remarry considers whether it's true that never-married men are unlikely to commit.

By Carolyn HaxAugust 9, 2022

Miss Manners: How do I handle intrusive questions about my son?

Reader is tired of strangers asking them if their son is their grandson.

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina MartinAugust 9, 2022

Ask Amy: The man I’m dating isn’t vaccinated against the coronavirus

A letter-writer found out the man they've been dating for seven months isn’t vaccinated against the coronavirus.

By Amy DickinsonAugust 9, 2022

Carolyn Hax: Is having a favorite child ‘the dirty little secret of parenting’?

A parent of three children has one favorite — and wonders whether that's rare, because other parents don't discuss this, "EVER."

By Carolyn HaxAugust 8, 2022

Ask Amy: My teenage daughter stole money from our wallets again

A parent is frustrated with their teenage daughter’s erratic behavior, which includes stealing money from their wallet.

By Amy DickinsonAugust 8, 2022