Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Baby Daddy Drama

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

I'm nine weeks pregnant. The pregnancy was planned as I'm in my 30s and feeling like I did not want to miss my opportunity to have kids. I have a good job and can provide well for a baby ...

When to Tell

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

My husband and I have a 4- and 5-year-old and we are getting divorced, but are still living together for several months. My soon-to-be ex and I are both reading [on the topic] and doing co...

Don't Answer the Door

Dear Carolyn:

I recently had occasion to drop off a package at my granddaughter's afternoon preschool. Believing I was doing my daughter-in-law (DIL) a favor, I timed my drive to stop at my son and DIL's house to pick up my granddaughter and ...

The Other Woman

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

One of the people in my group of friends is a man who is married. To me he has never been anything other than a friend. I did once say to him that I would probably date him if he was ...

Marriage as Safety Net

Hi, Carolyn:

My sister and I have a close relationship and talk often. Her son (who was born just after her 19th birthday) turned 18 last summer and graduated from high school a semester early to join the military. He will likely be posted ...

Angry at Painting

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My boyfriend of six years and I broke up, and there is no chance of a reconciliation.

While we were together, his mother made a painting for me and got it framed. I can't look at it ...