Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Selfish Behavior

Dear Carolyn:

Five years ago, my mother became unable to continue living alone, so she came to live with me, my husband and two young children. As she physically declined, she paid for upgrades to our home that allowed her to stay with us ...

Talking Too Much

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

Someone I'm very close to recently told me, "You know, you talk about [Topic] way too much. It's getting really boring." [Topic] is something that's very significant to me right now, and ...

Losing Attraction

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My girlfriend is overweight -- more so since we started dating -- and I'm becoming less attracted to her.

I'm hesitant to discuss this with her because I don't want to project my own ...

Level of Truth

Dear Carolyn:

I have a great friend who I have kept some distance from, and sitting in my inbox is an email from him asking why.

The truth is that his wife made a pretty blatant pass at me that I deflected and, well, there is a level of ...

Expensive Extravagance to be Culturally Sensitive

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My fiance and I are planning a small, affordable wedding with our family and friends next year. We are a young couple who decided that homeownership is more important than an extravagant ...