Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

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 ...

Telling Parents

Adapted from a recent online discussion and continued from Monday.

Hi, Carolyn!

I'm going home this weekend to tell my parents that my 2 1/2 year "happy" marriage is ending in divorce and I'm so anxious! We are a close family but I kept a lot...

Telling Friends We're Divorcing

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My spouse told me earlier this week that he/she wants a divorce. I had a gay affair. I was pushing for us to work past this. We both love each other, but I guess emotional love isn't ...

Regretting Past Behavior

Hi, Carolyn:

I'm 40 with a wonderful family and fulfilling career. Occasionally I am consumed with regret for past behavior. In middle school, there was a boy who was different (a disability; thick glasses; blue collar in a neighborhood of ...

Scared of Mom

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

What do you do when everyone is afraid of your mother? She's not violent, and is typically a sweet, if uptight person. But there's no dealing with anything with her -- she just ignores ...

Oh Help

Dear Carolyn:

This summer, as a favor to my recently divorced sister-in-law, my husband (her brother) and I agreed to take her 13-year-old daughter for three weeks. My sister-in-law surprised us by delivering her daughter AND another 13-year-...