Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Don't Want to Be the Godmother?

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

Can I turn down being the godmother? My sister is 12 years younger than I am and is six months pregnant at age 35. I have one 22-year-old son and, as much as I love being his mother, Im ...

Inappropriate Gift

Hi, Carolyn:

I have been dating a man for about six months now. We exchanged gifts for Christmas and I do not know what to make of what I received. He gave me earrings he clearly bought on a trip he took a good six months before he met me. We ...

Socially Obligated

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

I'm 34. I usually prefer to spend my free time with my significant other of nine years. I also have a small core of very close friends, and about twice a month, we have dinner/drinks with ...

Trying to Do the Right Thing

Dear Carolyn:

I recently invited my family to our home for an afternoon open house. This is not something I do often, maybe once every five years, in part because my family is hard to be around as a group. There are seven sibs, three with ...

Friend of Friends With Kids

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

Is it normal that friends with kids, once they have kids, become harder to feel connected to? We all graduated college together, started getting jobs, married, etc. Now I'm the last of ...

Wondering if Abuse is Real

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

Our daughter is divorcing after a 25-year marriage and wants us to divorce our son-in-law, too. We have known him since the two were teenagers, and we love him as a son.

Our daughter is ...