Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Gluten-Free Poser

Dear Carolyn:

I have been dating a smart, funny, interesting, handsome, caring man for eight months. I could see myself sharing a life with this guy ... except for one thing.

As far as I can tell, my boyfriend is gluten-free by choice: He has...

Just Wondering

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

Do you attach any particular significance when half of a longtime couple frequently refers to himself in the singular in situations when he shouldn't? For instance, if a friend asks what ...

Worrying Daughter

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My daughter just turned 12, and refuses to stay home alone, even for short periods of time. She's never had separation issues, never a problem dropping her off at school or a friend's ...

I Want A Baby

Dear Carolyn: 

When my husband and I first started dating (seven years ago) he was upfront that he didn't want any more kids. He is 47 and has a 20-year-old daughter. I'm 42, don't have any children and was previously married to a guy I ...

Stressful Weekend

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

In a couple hours I'm heading out for a very stressful weekend. I'd love any words of wisdom.

Here's the short version: weekend with immediate and extended family 1,000 miles from home (i...

Behind Your Back

Dear Carolyn:

How do you treat someone who talks about you behind your back? She does this with everyone. Cutting her out of my life is not an option.

-- G.

Think of it in terms of output and input, where output is what you say to her, ...