Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Undoing It, Owning It,

While I'm away, readers give the advice.

On undoing a lie you've told to your child:

Consider the smoking mom (http://live.washingtonpost.com/carolyn-hax-live-140711.html#Wife-lying-to-d) [who lied to her child about smoking]: How ...

Chronically Punctual, Falling Out of Love

While I'm away, readers give the advice.

On the chronically punctual:

Chronic lateness is a personality characteristic just as much as smiling or shyness or empathy or mothering or wool-gathering to name a few of the more benign.

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Bad Mouthing, Hectic Children, more

While I'm away, readers give the advice.

On being called out for bad-mouthing:

Many years ago, while staying with my mother-in-law and brother-in-law, I overheard them saying negative things about something I had done. Later in the...

Coming Together

While I'm away, readers give the advice.

On expecting others to rally to your cause:

Over a decade ago, my dear wife's family started a tradition that could be a wonderful and inspiring tradition for others with a cause. The ...

Alcoholic Issues

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi Carolyn:

My aunt and uncle have just enlisted me to help their 24-year-old daughter, "Sarah," who lives in my city, about 2,000 miles from them. Apparently over the holidays, Sarah talked frequently...