Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Never-Ending Long Distance

Dear Carolyn:

I am a 33-year-old single mom with an 8-year-old son. I have sole custody of my son, but by state law I cannot move more than 60 miles away from my son's father.

I've been in a wonderful four-year relationship, but he lives 360 ...

Step-Parent or Step-Friend

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

I am the stepmother to two young adults, a 26-year-old boy and a 30-year-old girl. They are both married without children and their mother is deceased. I have five kids of my own, all ...

Told Parents

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

I wrote in a few weeks ago for advice (http://wapo.st/1yV32nQ) about telling my folks that my "happy" marriage was ending in divorce. It was just something we both decided we needed to do ...

Selfish Grandfather

Dear Carolyn:

My widowed-for-20-years father is having an "accidental" child with a woman my age. He is an extremely poor communicator (I got that particular gift from him), and repeatedly denied he was even dating this woman when we asked him...

Time-Out From the Family

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

Is it ever OK to take a "time-out" from the family (husband, kids) for several days? Maybe when I'm feeling not appreciated or respected for longer than I can normally tolerate? Without ...

Worried About Boy Who Likes 'Girl' Things

Dear Carolyn:

I have a 5-year-old nephew who is starting kindergarten. He is a fantastic little boy who likes "boy" things like cars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but he REALLY likes many "girl" things like Doc McStuffins, Minnie Mouse and...