Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Don't Answer the Door

Dear Carolyn:

I recently had occasion to drop off a package at my granddaughter's afternoon preschool. Believing I was doing my daughter-in-law (DIL) a favor, I timed my drive to stop at my son and DIL's house to pick up my granddaughter and ...

The Other Woman

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

One of the people in my group of friends is a man who is married. To me he has never been anything other than a friend. I did once say to him that I would probably date him if he was ...

Marriage as Safety Net

Hi, Carolyn:

My sister and I have a close relationship and talk often. Her son (who was born just after her 19th birthday) turned 18 last summer and graduated from high school a semester early to join the military. He will likely be posted ...

Angry at Painting

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My boyfriend of six years and I broke up, and there is no chance of a reconciliation.

While we were together, his mother made a painting for me and got it framed. I can't look at it ...

Engaging the Sister

Dear Carolyn:

My wife's parents, in their mid-80s, returned to the U.S. three weeks ago after working and living in Europe, and are staying with us until their household goods arrive. My wife's sister, who lives about two miles away, has yet ...

Distance and Distancing

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

I have been in a long-distance relationship for nearly a year. About six months in, we both agreed that it was going to the marriage place (especially her). But after a series of ...