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Advice from Carolyn Hax for April 20

For the past three years we have limited visits with my family to three days for our sanity. The prospect of a weeklong visit is already making me anxious. We plan to schedule some outings away from my family, and we will stay in an appropriately sized and outfitted house (outdoor pool, big …

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for April 18

Dear Carolyn:

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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. 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 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. 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 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. 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. 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. 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. 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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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Oct. 6

Dear Carolyn:I was taught by my parents to live frugally, which meant never using more than I needed. I would reuse clothes and keep a car until it practically fell apart. We always lived comfortably as a family but it was definitely a test of limits because our space was only as much as we …

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Oct. 11

My girlfriend and I celebrated our two-year anniversary last weekend. She spent several hundred dollars on a gift for me, which I really appreciate.I did not give her a gift because, as a new homeowner, I am somewhat strapped for cash. When I realized her disappointment, I apologized for bei…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax

I'm a 45-year-old divorced male, and I've been dating a divorced woman for three months. We really have trust, love and respect for each other.The ex-boyfriend never had kids, and he bonded with her boys, 12 and 15. He attends their football and baseball games. She keeps him updated on sched…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Sept. 22.

I've been divorced one year after a four-year marriage. We shouldn't have gotten married, I knew that at the time, and I accept that I made a huge mistake when I full well knew better. I'm intent on not repeating that mistake.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Sept. 15

I think I overstepped the in-law boundary. My loving wife has a younger brother who lives near us. Brother is in his mid-30s, but still lives at home with (off) their mom. I tried to encourage him to move on and out of mother-in-law's house, to no avail. 

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Advice from Carolyn Hax

However, we are facing a difficult decision for the holidays this year and in the future. We live in D.C., and every Christmas, we have gone back to the West Coast to celebrate with his family. He rarely sees his family, so I've gladly accompanied him. This year, my mom finally put her foot …

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Sept. 6

A longtime friend of mine is getting married. We have been friends since we were children, but we are not as close now as we were back then.We went to different colleges, but one year went on vacation together. She invited some of her college friends. One night, one of her friends sexually a…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax for Sept. 1

We are expecting our first baby —a little girl! Just before the tell-all ultrasound, my mother-in-law expressed surprise that we would want to find out the gender and informed my husband that she does not want to know until the birth.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax

Are there letter-writers you wonder about to this day? While I'm away, readers nominate some who stayed in mind. 

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Untimely baby puts teen’s parents on hook

Are there letter-writers you wonder about to this day? While I’m away, readers nominate some who stayed in mind.

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Advice from Carolyn Hax

My husband's brother "Patrick" and Patrick's wife "Dana" run a well-known blog in a very niche industry. Often, they will make comments about how our jobs are "not enhancing our soul" or "fail to contribute to our local economy with originality." We more or less brushed this off until they s…

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Advice from Carolyn Hax

Dear Carolyn:

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