Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Bad Mouthing, Hectic Children, more

While I'm away, readers give the advice.

On being called out for bad-mouthing:

Many years ago, while staying with my mother-in-law and brother-in-law, I overheard them saying negative things about something I had done. Later in the...

Coming Together

While I'm away, readers give the advice.

On expecting others to rally to your cause:

Over a decade ago, my dear wife's family started a tradition that could be a wonderful and inspiring tradition for others with a cause. The ...

Alcoholic Issues

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi Carolyn:

My aunt and uncle have just enlisted me to help their 24-year-old daughter, "Sarah," who lives in my city, about 2,000 miles from them. Apparently over the holidays, Sarah talked frequently...

Overly Controlling Girlfriend

Dear Carolyn:

I read your piece (www.bit.ly/ControllyGF) about the girlfriend who forbids her boyfriend to talk to other girls. I agree this seems like abusive, controlling behavior.

However, I wonder where the line is between being ...

Driven Totally Bonkers

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

A relative is hosting a surprise event. My sister lives out of state but is going to drive here for the party. When she comes to visit, she always stays with me.

I go absolutely nuts. She...

Stepmom-to-Be

Hi, Carolyn:

I am a 32-year-old woman who has been dating a wonderful man for a little over a year. We are now making lifelong plans together, starting with the process of looking for a new home to move into together.

My boyfriend has joint ...