Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Can't Pronounce Her Own Name

Dear Carolyn:

I am almost 50, a single mom to an awesome 9-year-old daughter. My parents and I have a great relationship, with one glaring exception. Every year they come out for my daughter's birthday (that's not the problem!). This is when ...

Kids in Tow

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

I know a number of parents of toddlers, preschoolers and babies who travel frequently and entertain at home, and they use words like "fun" and "relaxing" to describe their experiences. I,...

Too Much; Teasing

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

I'm in my mid-40s and I guess finally having my midlife crisis. After watching my friend's husband die of brain cancer at 52, and a co-worker drop dead of a heart attack at 53, I'm acutely...

Aunt's Feelings Are Hurt

Hi, Carolyn:

I am 44 with five children, 12, 11, 10, 7, 6. I am the youngest of four siblings. All of my brother's and sisters' children are 16-32, some with children of their own. My dad passed away about four years ago and everyone sort of ...

Sad in Maryland

Dear Carolyn:

I'm 26, he's 27. Dated for about a year, fell hard and fast, moved in together after about six months and were beginning to talk about getting engaged. I thought I had found the one.

But I messed up several times during the ...