Carolyn Hax

Washington, D.C.

Advice columnist

Education: Harvard University, BA in history and literature

Carolyn Hax started her advice column in 1997, after five years as a copy editor and news editor in Style and none as a therapist. The column includes cartoons by “relationship cartoonist” Nick Galifianakis — Carolyn's ex-husband — and appears in over 200 newspapers. Besides the daily column, Carolyn has a weekly live online discussion (noon Fridays). She is on Twitter, @carolynhax, and Facebook. Here are
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Carolyn Hax chat: The 25th anniversary of the column (May 20, 12 p.m. ET)

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax answers your questions about the strange train we call life.

May 20, 2022

Carolyn Hax: It’s been 25 years and readers have questions

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax answers reader questions on the 25th anniversary of her column's publication.

May 19, 2022

Carolyn Hax: When kids ask for books they’re ‘too young’ to read

A 12-year-old asked to read Neil Gaiman's "American Gods" and the parent isn't sure how to respond.

May 19, 2022

Carolyn Hax: Being ‘that parent’ vs. speaking up for your kid

When a sixth grader is frustrated by a classmate who is consistently disruptive, is it time for parents to call the school?

May 18, 2022

    Carolyn Hax: 25 columns for 25 years (and one to grow on)

    Look back on Carolyn Hax's work as an advice columnist with one column from every year she has written.

    May 17, 2022

    Carolyn Hax: Are mother-in-law’s secrets a form of control?

    His mother asks the couple to keep secrets from each other, and it's starting to feel like her way of controlling them.

    May 17, 2022

    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.”

    May 16, 2022

    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?

    May 15, 2022

    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."

    May 14, 2022

    Carolyn Hax chat: Fiance’s family is making me doubt my surprise wedding plan

    Advice columnist Carolyn Hax answers your questions about the strange train we call life.

    May 13, 2022