Latest from Carolyn Hax

Need advice? Join columnist Carolyn Hax’s weekly chat (Oct. 1 | 12 p.m. ET)

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax answers your questions about the strange train we call life.
  • Oct 1, 2021

Carolyn Hax: ‘Home’ is now an abusive dad, no car, not enough cash. Where to get help?

An adult child moves back in to help Dad, and winds up isolated, stranded, and emotionally abused.
  • Sep 27, 2021

Carolyn Hax: Does personal accountability still exist?

A reader cleaning up after a parent's poor financial choices wonders why, these days, it's "not their fault" when people are ignorant, addicted, in debt.
  • Sep 26, 2021

Carolyn Hax: Parents celebrate one sister’s pregnancy less. Should the other sister speak up?

Parents are noticeably less excited for one sister's pregnancy than they were about the other sister's. Should the favored sister speak up?
  • Sep 25, 2021

Carolyn Hax chat: My friend won’t let me meet her new boyfriend because I’m his type

Advice columnist Carolyn Hax answers your questions about the strange train we call life.
  • Sep 24, 2021

Carolyn Hax: Groom wants to take her last name. How to tell his traditional parents?

A groom is thinking about taking his bride's last name. Both come from traditional backgrounds and are concerned about offending his parents.
  • Sep 24, 2021

Carolyn Hax: Abusive dad puts stepmom in hospital; child who backed him now faces the truth

Their abusive father put their stepmom in the hospital. Now the child who believed Dad's lies struggles with not backing Mom.
  • Sep 23, 2021

Carolyn Hax: An estrangement, a new baby and a grandparent caught in the middle

Their pregnant daughter is estranged from one parent, and the other parent plans to visit the baby alone. Is there a right way to handle this?
  • Sep 22, 2021

Carolyn Hax: Is it dishonest to show sympathy that you don’t really feel?

When you make sure you are there for your friends, but don't always really feel their pain, are you being dishonest?
  • Sep 21, 2021

Carolyn Hax: Is it bad not to feel empathy for a boyfriend’s minor problems?

A writer shows concern on the outside but inside feels mostly impatience for boyfriend's minor problems and complaints.
  • Sep 20, 2021