Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

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 ...

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 ...