Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Odd Couple

Dear Carolyn:

I've been separated from my husband who wants to reconcile. However, he doesn't want to go to counseling (and I'm in counseling myself), so I'm increasingly frustrated. He has substance abuse issues and is in denial. I'm feeling ...

Trying Not to Insult

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My husband and I are expecting our first child. We have chosen not to find out the sex, largely because we want to hold off the avalanche of pink or blue for an extra few months.

My ...

Stage 5 Office Cling-ee

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

How do I politely handle a Stage 5 Office Clinger? I really like her, but her hour-long, end-of-day swing-bys are cutting into my work productivity. Using the phone, restroom, and ...

Sad Bride-to-Be

Dear Carolyn:

My fiance and I have planned our wedding for May 2. My mother passed away from cancer in June of last year, and this wedding was seen as an event that we thought would bring great joy to a year that has been filled with so much ...

Happy Without Her Niece

While I'm away, readers give the advice.

On being cut off by immediate family:

After the death of my parents, my siblings cut me off -- not just not talking to me but telling many official others that they didn't have any other ...

Anxious Kids, Pre-Deployment Marriages

While I'm away, readers give the advice.

On children who are anxious about being home alone:

Children have different personalities, some are ready to take on responsibility at an early age, and some are not. The [Alexandria] Police...