Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

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...

Postponing a Proposal

While I'm away, readers give the advice.

On postponing a proposal until you have just the right ring:

We will celebrate our 35th anniversary next month, and still have the gold bands I financed with my tax return way back in '80. ...

Resenting Sibling Bailouts

While I'm away, readers give the advice.

On resenting sibling bailouts as a dent in one's own inheritance:

I am always shocked by people expecting an inheritance. My dad is 84 and I am 55 -- I've received my inheritance every day ...

Organizer in Chief

While I'm away, readers give the advice.

On groups of friends who lean on an organizer-in-chief:

As a fairly extroverted person who initiates about 75 percent of my own social activities with a wide and varied circle of friends (...

Gimme My Gift Back

While I'm away, readers give the advice.

On being asked to return something given to you as a gift:

Just about the time I got my first apartment, my parents were reclaiming my brother's room as a den (he had married at this point)....

Remaining Close to Child

While I'm away, readers give the advice.

On growing and remaining close to a child who has little in common with you:

I'm an only child who takes after my father and have settled in a city across the country from my parents. My ...