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Advice from Carolyn Hax for April 13

My husband and I recently chaperoned a five-day high school trip. The daughter of some friends was one of the students. She has had a contentious relationship with her parents, and was distant with us and the other chaperones.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for April 11

I finished my undergrad a year ago, have a good job, and consider myself financially stable. My boyfriend is finishing his master's and will graduate with $200,000 in student debt. We've been together for nine months and have not talked seriously about his massive debt.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for April 6

My boyfriend participates in the Renaissance Faire. He enjoys this greatly. However, what this means for me is that from October to April, his life is pretty much that. 

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for April 4

Dear Carolyn:

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for March 30

Dear Carolyn:

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for March 28

I get you are a strong believer of the be-content-with-yourself theory of singlehood. What I am not getting is when someone is longing for a baby, we "get" this and understand if they skip other people's baby showers, etc.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for March 23: Adult son says, 'Mom won't let me move out'

I'm 28 and Mom won't let me move out.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for March 21

Dear Carolyn:

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Carolyn Hax: "Help" can be a tough word to voice

Dear Carolyn:

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for March 9

 While I'm away, readers give the advice. 

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for March 7

While I'm away, readers give the advice.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for March 2

 While I'm away, readers give the advice. 

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Feb. 28

My best friend recently started dating someone, and it's her first serious relationship (we're both in our late 20s). It sounds like they're in it for the long haul, and I'm happy for her. The thing is, she talks a lot about being afraid of "losing him" or "scaring him off," and I can't quit…

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Boyfriend won't stop contact with unstable ex

Is it controlling of me to want, but not insist, that my boyfriend of one year cease contact with his ex?

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Feb. 21

Dear Carolyn:

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Feb. 16

I am desperate for help, and my mom isn't cutting it. My mother-in-law (whom we see often) insists on weighing in on everything we do for our son ... usually indicating that we are somehow doing it wrong because it's not what she would do. Nothing objectively wrong, just not "her way."

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Carolyn Hax: New mom has trouble with uncaring parents

My parents show very little interest in my 6-month-old twin babies. My father has been a cold and distant parent since my childhood and my mother has been very controlling and overbearing. 

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Feb. 7

My son is planning a small wedding for June. This will be his second marriage, and also his fiancee's. They are planning a ceremony on the beach in California near where they will be joining a bike ride for AIDS. My husband does not like the idea of the wedding in California nor does he appr…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax fo Feb. 2.

While "happily married" to me, my wife fell in love with another man. Their affair lasted several years. She stayed with me but was devastated when he dumped her. I was devastated when she confessed. The damage to our marriage has taken years to heal, and it seems unlikely that we will ever …

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Jan. 31

Hi, Carolyn:

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Jan. 26

My boyfriend and I are in our early 20s, and have been together for about 2½ years. In recent months we've talked of "being together for the long haul."The problem is this: While I see the value in very healthy eating and daily exercise, he isn't quite on the same page. 

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Jan. 24

My husband committed suicide a year ago and it's been absolutely horrifying, not only for me but for my 8-year-old son as well. Recently, I have been trying to date. He chose to do what he did, so should I be feeling this guilt when on a date? Please help.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Jan. 19

Hi, Carolyn:When I was married four years ago, a shocking number of people did not understand the etiquette of being invited to a formal event. Now I am planning a smaller party to celebrate our fifth wedding anniversary, and I need a way to communicate information — such as "only the person…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Jan. 17

I always wanted kids, but fate and life being as they are, I managed to get to my early 40s with no husband or children. Not from lack of trying, I assure you, but nothing took.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Jan. 12

Recently I was diagnosed with breast cancer at an early stage (but will still require surgery and other treatment). I have told only a very few people. One was a friend of over 20 years, who then told an acquaintance, someone I never would have told. I was very angry that my alleged friend t…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Jan. 10

My mother-in-law asked me for Christmas gift ideas for my 4-month-old son. I said I thought he was too young for electronic toys and asked for something simple, like blocks, board books or a teddy bear. She bought him a "baby laptop" that lights up and plays music, saying, "Well, I didn't ha…

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Carolyn Hax: When grandparents don’t fit your dream, reset expectations

What should a mom do when her children feel rejected by their own grandparents?

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Dec. 27

I often wish advice columnists would counsel neighbors, family and friends who are concerned about someone to send a letter to the patient's doctor.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax: Spouse can't be pestered into making healthy choices

The main point I want to make is this: It is clear that a lack of activity and poor diet will shorten and/or reduce one's quality of life. As I approach retirement age, I'm nagged by my thoughts that we'll be living something less than we could have because my better half is home sick or an …

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Dec. 20

For the past few years, my friend, L., has been receiving personal training from K. They have a long, strange history that until recently had normalized.In the last year they began to be intimate again despite his recent engagement to a woman in Texas and against my advice. The last time the…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Dec. 15

My best friend, who is also my roommate, sometimes makes comments to me such as, "You act so different around X group of friends," even though there have been hardly a handful of times when we have all been in one room.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Dec. 13

You often talk about a "best self" and the ways people should either live that themselves or permit others to do so. I can guess what a best self might be, but I wonder what your workaday definition is?

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Dec. 8

I'm annoyed and appalled at my brother, "Ted," and his wife, "Lisa," regarding Christmas and I'm wondering how to approach them.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Dec. 6

 went to college with two friends who are now a couple. I currently work with the boyfriend while his girlfriend works in a different organization down the street from us.When the three of us get together or I ride with them to see mutual friends, the topic of work inevitably comes up betwee…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Dec. 1

As I write, my husband is halfway across the country taking care of his ailing mother. We have had a terrible "text" fight over the past few days, and it revolves mostly around the fact that he thinks I am "compassionless" about his mother's situation, and I am not being supportive of his de…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Nov. 29

A couple of years ago, when my two nieces married, I organized my two sons and flew cross-country to attend their weddings.This year, my son is getting married and my sister is blowing it off. She said she's too busy with her job as a teacher, but I note they've taken midyear golf vacations.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Nov. 28

Dear Carolyn:Familiar blueprint: Husband (partner) has affair with married associate at his law firm. I find out, husband comes clean and we work on our marriage. The mistress stays at his firm, and we don't tell anybody. Fast-forward a year, and husband and mistress hook up again, get caugh…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Nov. 24

How do I handle not being invited to the extended family Thanksgiving dinner? An estranged sibling is having the dinner and has excluded the other three siblings — on purpose. The only other family member who knows is my mother, a favorite target of the estranged sibling's bullying. The exte…

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Advice from Carolyn Has for Nov. 22

Dear Carolyn:My daughter "Brooke" is a senior in high school. Her mother and I have been separated six years and divorced for three. We maintain a cordial relationship and I am allowed great visitation with my daughter.I have had a girlfriend for 18 months, "Michelle." We plan on moving in t…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Nov. 17

 am in my 30s and live on the opposite coast from my family. We speak about once a month and exchange casual emails. Our relationship is generally fraught and I have gone years at a time without more than cursory communication with them.I got divorced this year; it was as amicable as possibl…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Nov. 15

A good friend recently ended a years-long relationship because of her boyfriend's emotional limitations. After they broke up, I let her know I had always wondered whether he was right for her.She feels disappointed that, as a good friend, I had not been more forthcoming about my own doubts.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Nov. 10

Each year, my mother-in-law sends out a (ridiculously braggy and self-righteous) holiday "letter" updating her friends and extended family members. She recently sent a group text to my husband, his sister and me asking for our favorite pictures from the year to include in her Christmas lette…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Nov. 8

I have been with my boyfriend for two and a half years. It appears he would like a family and marriage, but I am not sure it is with me. When he speaks of the future, he says "the woman I marry" or "my kids" but not "our children."

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Nov. 3

Two years ago my brother and his now-wife were preparing to get married and felt so much pressure, judgment and negativity from my parents leading up to the wedding that they almost uninvited them. My parents are now applying the screws to my relationship, my life and all of my decisions. Th…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Nov. 1

Dear Carolyn: What is a fair way for me to engage with my boyfriend's vastly different financial situation? I am from a family that is comfortable financially, and I have zero debt. I make reasonable money for an above-entry-level job and live within those means.My boyfriend moved here six m…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Oct. 27

A year ago (and a year after my wedding) I found out that during the wedding planning, my spouse had an affair. Since we had been married a year and I loved him, I wanted to stay and work on the relationship.Recently I found out that he had been talking to some other woman, and told her he w…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Oct. 25

Dear Carolyn:I have been seeing someone very nice and we have a lot of fun together, but when it comes to intimacy, we are always fighting. He is not very loving, is not affectionate (will hold my hand on occasion, and say I look nice, and we will sit next to each other to watch a movie). He…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Oct. 20

My only child, his wife and two children live a substantial distance away. Both my son and daughter-in-law have highly demanding, stressful careers. My husband and I are self-employed, so we can be flexible. We see our son and his family every couple of months and try to be as helpful as the…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Oct. 18

s there an age at which divorce causes more or less damage to children? My kids are in elementary and middle school. My husband and I have grown apart and live like friendly roommates. I'm very unhappy, but I think the kids perceive our home as warm and secure.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Oct. 13

My wife of three years feels the need to, in her words, "vent" to her mother whenever she and I have problems. This venting is usually bad-mouthing me, and isn't always truthful, or the complete truth. It has made it near impossible for me to have a relationship with her mother, who is convi…

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