Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Grandma Going Overboard

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My mother-in-law repeatedly tells my 4-year-old daughter she is superior to other children. Yes, she uses that word, says it with a straight face and takes care to explain what it means. ...

Stuck in a Loop in Seattle

Dear Carolyn:

I am concerned about my ex-boyfriend. He has a female co-worker we'll call Sarah who has been his friend with benefits on and off (three times) over the past 10 years or so. My ex never wanted anything serious with her. Several ...

Nice to Myself

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

I am in the midst of night school, full-time work, attempting to renovate a new house, and then of course be a reasonable wife, friend and daughter. I basically look around and see my ...

Party Pooper

Dear Carolyn:

Two of my closest friends have a son, 6, who is a year younger than ours. This is the second year in a row that my son has not been invited to their son's birthday party. Every year we invite their son to our boy's birthday and ...

Relationship Break

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

So, I had a wonderful boyfriend until a few days ago. He was so wonderful that I wanted to marry him. For the past year, instead of sending the message that I adored him and therefore ...

Post-Breakup Blues

Dear Carolyn:

How important is it for me to express my thoughts and feelings about the end of our relationship to my ex? I dated this wonderful guy for a few months, and then one day he said via email that he didn't think we were a good fit, ...