Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

The Name Game

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My boyfriend of two years and I are expecting our first baby. This was unplanned, and we had both certainly intended to wait till marriage. But we're excited to be welcoming a baby boy.

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Helping Overseas Niece

Dear Carolyn:

My sister who lives overseas (for her husband's job) just emailed our younger sister and me: Her 20-something daughter is distraught after being dumped four weeks ago by her first serious boyfriend. My niece, who's lived for a ...

Income Disparity

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My husband and I make around the same amount of money. Soon, he will make more than three times as much. While this is great for us overall, I am a little worried about how it will affect...

Desperately Seeking Vs. Letting it Happen

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

About actively pursuing relationships versus letting things happen naturally, from last week (wapo.st/1rivakG). You seem like a big advocate for the latter, which I agree is the ideal.

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Lucky in Life

Dear Carolyn:

This seems like such a minor issue, but it's starting to really bother me. My friends and I are at an age when the people who've made it are really making it, and when the people who haven't made it really haven't. We're ...

Enabling Dad's Food Addiction

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

Among my dad's constellation of mental-health issues, the most neglected problem is his food addiction. He makes little attempt to control his food intake, and is now diabetic and takes ...