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
Latest from Carolyn Hax

Carolyn Hax chat: Hootenanny of Holiday Horrors 2021 (Dec. 10 | 12 p.m. ET)

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

December 10, 2021

How to deal with feeling ashamed about pandemic weight gain? Carolyn Hax readers give advice.

Carolyn Hax readers give advice to a letter writer who feels shame over gaining weight during the pandemic.

December 8, 2021

Carolyn Hax: A good relationship is elusive with son’s distant wife

Their son’s wife is shy and distant. How can these in-laws build a better relationship with her?

December 8, 2021

Carolyn Hax: How to stop wishing the worst for the former love of your life?

The "love of my life" is now married to someone else and expecting, and it's hard to stop wishing the worst for them all.

December 7, 2021

Carolyn Hax: Estranged father keeps pressuring child who wants ‘no contact ever’

A father's cruelty led his child to choose estrangement, but he won't take "no contact" for an answer.

December 6, 2021

Carolyn Hax: Aunt unfriends niece for not inviting her to her baby shower

Her brother died 11 months ago. It felt like another death to her when she saw she wasn't invited to his daughter’s baby shower.

December 5, 2021

Carolyn Hax: Daughter-in-law seeks agent to manage parents’ guilt trip

Daughter-in-law asks for help talking to her parents, who are upset that she and her husband might be moving away.

December 4, 2021

Carolyn Hax chat: My husband keeps blaming me when he can’t find something

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

December 3, 2021

Carolyn Hax: Siblings at odds over long-kept secret about father’s abuse

A father confessed to the long-ago abuse of his teenage child, and his other child is upset — at her sibling, for not telling her of the abuse.

December 3, 2021

Carolyn Hax: A job, a toddler, no child care and so much tone-deaf advice

A working parent with no child care grows increasingly frustrated as "usually wise confidants" offer unrealistic advice.

December 2, 2021