Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Blue Christmas

Dear Carolyn:

My significant other and I have been in a relationship for a few years. We both agree our relationship is headed toward marriage and have discussed the long-term future. We work great together and see eye-to-eye on almost everything...

Having Kids to Please Another

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

How do I know if I want kids badly enough to have them to please my very beloved wife?

-- Anonymous

Minds aren't stretchy enough to get around that.

They can usually manage this ...

Child of Prominent but Absentee Father

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My father is a very well-known physician in a highly specialized field. Throughout my childhood and young adulthood, he wasn't around much because of the demands of his work. I was not ...

Drinker's Partner

Dear Carolyn:

I understand what you often say with regard to always disapproving of your partner's habits. But, what if your wife is a functional alcoholic?

She drinks bottles of vodka every week (the jug bottles) and is drunk and passed out ...

Butt of the Joke

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi there, Carolyn:

My husband and I have a close group of other couples whom we spend time with regularly. The problem is, my husband is often the butt of the joke in our group. I guess you could say ...

Regaining Husband's Trust

Dear Carolyn:

A dear friend of mine recently found out her husband of five years has been having an ongoing affair. She has turned to me for support, and I am more than happy to offer her an ear and a shoulder.

The only problem is I have ...