Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Regretting Past Behavior

Hi, Carolyn:

I'm 40 with a wonderful family and fulfilling career. Occasionally I am consumed with regret for past behavior. In middle school, there was a boy who was different (a disability; thick glasses; blue collar in a neighborhood of ...

Scared of Mom

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

What do you do when everyone is afraid of your mother? She's not violent, and is typically a sweet, if uptight person. But there's no dealing with anything with her -- she just ignores ...

Oh Help

Dear Carolyn:

This summer, as a favor to my recently divorced sister-in-law, my husband (her brother) and I agreed to take her 13-year-old daughter for three weeks. My sister-in-law surprised us by delivering her daughter AND another 13-year-...

Better Than Being Alone

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

I am female, unmarried, and in my late 30s (I know, kiss of death). From the ages of 32-36, I was never once asked on a date, presumably because I am overweight and not conventionally ...

Flirty Friend of Girlfriend

Dear Carolyn:

Whenever I am at a party with my wife's girlfriend, she flirts with me. No ... not flirt; groping and teasing is a better description. Sticking her hands in my back pockets, grabbing my butt. When I went to kiss her goodnight (on...

Not Enough Attention

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

I'm the eldest of four children, my family's "guinea pig." Despite that, I did very well, my parents were very supportive, and I have generally loved being an eldest sister.

However, ...