Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Spanking a Child

Hello, Carolyn:

My question is, when is spanking a child OK? I live on a rural dirt road off a busy road. We have about seven neighbors and all know each other and help out when needed.

We have a young couple with two young boys, 4 and 3, ...

The Tortoise and The Hare

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My husband is Mr. Decision, chop-chop, everything has to be decided quickly and with little fanfare. I move more slowly, and am constantly being picked at and nagged to hurry up and make ...

Monitoring Kid's Chats

Dear Carolyn:

My phone plan allows me to see the texts of my kids, 19, 17 and 14. I monitor their chat occasionally. I don't let them know, and don't plan on intervening unless something gets completely out of control.

Selfishly I like to see...

Wasn't Certain About Marriage

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

In Monday's column, a man "wasn't sure if he ever wanted to get married." Are there people who actually think this, or does everyone use it as a way to continue enjoying the status quo ...

Relationship Cycles

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

Do relationships go through cycles? Like where they're good and then they go to OK, and then they go back to good? I've been in a relationship with a guy for three years and I'm beginning...

Destruction in the Kid Zone

Dear Carolyn:

My neighborhood has one small traffic island on a busy street, to calm traffic and prevent accidents. Our town maintains traffic islands as public green space with the help of community volunteer gardeners.

Several homes ...