Carolyn Hax: Child tires of mom ‘always defending’ her neglectful ex
Her ex-husband isn’t making time for their child. When she tries to be upbeat about it, the child says she’s “always defending him.”
Ask Amy: How do I tell my adult daughter she needs to get a job?
Reader’s daughter quit her job and moved back home. It’s been six month and she’s still not looking for a job.
Miss Manners: Awkward silences after I say I don’t have grandkids
Reader isn't sure how to avoid awkward silences after she says she doesn't have children or grandchildren.
Carolyn Hax: Inheritance from bad grandparents feels like a ‘payoff’
Her grandparents doted on her brothers but ignored her. What should she do with the money she inherited from them?
Ask Amy: I’m annoyed my brothers aren’t more involved with my son
Reader is hurt that his brothers are not more involved with his child, who has special needs.
Carolyn Hax: Job-hunter trying a new career feels like a fraud
A middle-age job hunter is changing careers and feels like a fraud for even applying for jobs "I've never done before."
Miss Manners: My friend loves to gossip about other people’s money
Reader wants their friend to stop bringing up other people’s financial situations.
Ask Amy: Can I exclude my grandma’s rude husband from a family trip?
Reader is worried their grandma’s rude new husband will ruin a family gathering.
Miss Manners: I gave my co-worker money to use his coffee machine
A reader gave their coworker money for letting them use his coffee machine at the office.
Carolyn Hax: Is asking about kids intrusive, or making conversation?
A letter-writer wants people to stop trying to make conversation by asking whether a person has any children.
Ask Amy: My husband is nosy and reads over my shoulder
Reader’s husband won’t stop reading their screens no matter how many times they ask him not to.
Carolyn Hax: Congrats on college! Now let your sister have your room.
The oldest has had the nicest bedroom since she was a toddler, and she's fighting to keep it even as she's leaving for college.
Miss Manners: Friends changed the details of our invitation
Reader invited their friends to join them and their husband for a concert, but the friends wanted amendments made to the plans.
Ask Amy: I want to leave my boyfriend but he helps with childcare
Reader moved in with their boyfriend only to realize they aren’t compatible. They want to break up but he helps out with childcare.
I think my mother-in-law doubts my baby’s paternity. Carolyn Hax readers give advice.
Carolyn Hax readers give advice to a letter-writer who thinks her mother-in-law has doubts about her baby's paternity.
Carolyn Hax: It’s hard to quit smoking, and to provide support
A close family member is trying to quit smoking. How do you support them without guilting them for cheating?
Miss Manners: Offended after someone said she didn’t like my haircut
Reader was offended when a friend said she wished they hadn't gotten a haircut.
Ask Amy: Should I tell my kids about the baby I put up for adoption?
Reader gave up a baby for adoption over 50 years ago. She wonders if she should tell her adult children.
Carolyn Hax: He keeps texting his ex, and now lies about it. Let it go?
Her live-in partner keeps texting his ex and there are trust issues on both sides. Does she let it go or keep hoping he stops?
Ask Amy: My sister keeps getting fired. How do I talk to her about it?
Her younger sister is constantly getting fired and she wants her to realize she may be the problem.