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Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Engagement or Pre-Wedding Jitters

Hi, Carolyn:

I'm 25 and engaged to the guy I've dated since I was 20. I feel like I've always been the one pushing the relationship forward, from wanting to be exclusive to giving an ultimatum that I was going to leave him if he didn't propose...

Unfair Resentment

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My husband is going on an annual four-day weekend trip with his male friends. We have a small baby, so this will leave me to all the baby duties without a break or a chance to do the ...

Healthy but Confused

Dear Carolyn:

I am 23. About a year ago I was diagnosed with what turned out to be a non-life-threatening cancer. During surgery and radiation, I was lucky enough to have a wonderful significant other and the care of my family. I'm healthy now...

Ex's Parents Too Friendly

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

"Ex" and I dated on and off for years, which ended years ago. It was not a healthy relationship. I am two years into a much healthier and happier relationship.

The problem is that Ex's ...

Family: The Other F Word

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

At what point can one stop prioritizing other family members' life events and start prioritizing one's own? I have dutifully attended my older and younger siblings' weddings complete with...