Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Ring Back

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

Ten months ago I broke up with my fiancee of three years. Blending a family proved too difficult for us. Within a month of our breakup she was "in love" with her shoulder to cry on, and ...

Manipulative Sister

Dear Carolyn:

My husband has a sister with what seems to be a severe mood disorder. She will appear to be doing fine, then out of nowhere explode and scream at the top of her lungs at anyone. Their parents seem to brush it off, like nothing is...

Age Gap Relationship

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

When is an age gap in a relationship problematic? I've been single for nearly a year after getting out of a controlling, long-term relationship. I've lately become friends with a man who ...

What is Right

Dear Carolyn:

Long story short, I left my then husband for my current husband when my kids were 5 and 7. They spent time with bio dad, but basically lived with me and their stepfather. 

Fast-forward 19 years. Our daughter is getting married ...

I Can Live With It, But...

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My husband is not very affectionate. He never has been, but I never considered it a deal-breaker.

Since we married in 2012, I have been wanting more affection, and we've talked about it ...