Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Sad in Maryland

Dear Carolyn:

I'm 26, he's 27. Dated for about a year, fell hard and fast, moved in together after about six months and were beginning to talk about getting engaged. I thought I had found the one.

But I messed up several times during the ...

Used to Be the Nasty One

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

Yesterday, I was putting my son down for a nap in my in-laws' guest room. Through the magic of their HVAC system, I could hear my mother- and sister-in-law tearing me apart -- everything ...

Don't Call Me Grandma

Dear Carolyn:

When my son's eldest started to talk, I encouraged her to call me "G-ma" because I didn't care for "Grandma." She never could learn G-ma, but instead called me Mamaji. I thought this was adorable and very special since it was her...

Happiness or Fear

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

I have been single for a long time. I haven't even been on a date in a long time. Recently, I was talking with an old friend who suggested I get out more. I replied that I'm perfectly ...

Overreacting on Moving

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

I almost always agree with your advice, or don't strongly disagree, but this is an exception (bit.ly/2hrMove), [about moving two hours away for a husband's promotion]. What's the big deal...

In the Doghouse

Hi, Carolyn:

Since you're an avowed dog lover, I'm hoping you can help. I have two serious dog lovers in my life and feel imposed upon regularly by them both, and get veiled hostility from them when I resist.

My sister has a darling golden ...