Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Age Gap Relationship

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

When is an age gap in a relationship problematic? I've been single for nearly a year after getting out of a controlling, long-term relationship. I've lately become friends with a man who ...

What is Right

Dear Carolyn:

Long story short, I left my then husband for my current husband when my kids were 5 and 7. They spent time with bio dad, but basically lived with me and their stepfather. 

Fast-forward 19 years. Our daughter is getting married ...

I Can Live With It, But...

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

My husband is not very affectionate. He never has been, but I never considered it a deal-breaker.

Since we married in 2012, I have been wanting more affection, and we've talked about it ...

But Wait, I'm Not Ready

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

I am a single mother of two fantastic kids; my son is a college senior and my daughter is a junior in high school. This week, while registering for a college tour for my daughter it ...

The Longtime Single Friend

Dear Carolyn:

I have been happily single for over a decade but have a wide circle of long-term friends (20 to 30 years). I had always dated casually but never met anyone who really lit my fire. My dates were the subject of numerous and often ...

Boyfriend's Lack of a Check-In

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

I feel hurt when I don't hear from my boyfriend during the day, but he maintains that we should be fine just re-connecting when we both get home from work. He usually works till 9 or 10 p....