Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Selfish Grandfather

Dear Carolyn:

My widowed-for-20-years father is having an "accidental" child with a woman my age. He is an extremely poor communicator (I got that particular gift from him), and repeatedly denied he was even dating this woman when we asked him...

Time-Out From the Family

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

Is it ever OK to take a "time-out" from the family (husband, kids) for several days? Maybe when I'm feeling not appreciated or respected for longer than I can normally tolerate? Without ...

Worried About Boy Who Likes 'Girl' Things

Dear Carolyn:

I have a 5-year-old nephew who is starting kindergarten. He is a fantastic little boy who likes "boy" things like cars and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but he REALLY likes many "girl" things like Doc McStuffins, Minnie Mouse and...

Gender Disappointment

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

I recently learned we are pregnant with our third baby, the same gender as the other two. Husband is very disappointed that we aren't having his gender preference, and I am, too, a bit, ...

Confused by What-Ifs

Hi, Carolyn:

My husband and I are expecting our first child. We have been receiving a lot of family pressure to name him after my uncle "Ben." Ben suffered from severe depression and bipolar disorder his entire life; two years ago he committed...

After the Death of a Friend

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

A childhood friend of mine passed away suddenly this past fall. She was in her 30s, married, with a small child. I had not been close to her in many years, but enjoyed crossing paths with...