Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Mom Uncomfortable with Daughter's Husband

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

I got married about a year ago, at age 30. Before that, I lived with my parents for a few years in my 20s to save some money after school. This really helped us relate to each other better...

Stopping Daughter's Smoking

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My husband and I are very anti-smoking. Both of his parents died before age 65 due to health complications related to smoking. My mom (a smoker for decades) has reached her 70s, but with ...

Competitive Daughters

Hi, Carolyn:

I'm a dad with two grown daughters ages 33 and 35. Both have graduate degrees, are gainfully employed, live on their own, and are in what seem to be healthy relationships. My wife and I feel blessed and are very proud of them.

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'Ridiculous' Red Flags

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi Carolyn:

My housemate is smitten with a girl (nothing has happened yet), and he asks me for advice and I just have SUCH A BAD FEELING. It's so viscerally anti-her that I wonder if I'm secretly ...

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 ...