There is no right way to be a parent.
Be yourselves without explaining yourselves.
Remove your children from presence of alcoholic (even functional) mother.
Defensive roommate might be struggling with perfection.
There's more to relationship woes than some extra weight.
Bromance seems to trump romance.
Daughter is doing fine after divorce. Mom, not so much.
What is in a name? Maybe the future of your marriage.
Phrasing without snark can be harder than it looks.
Is there a difference between relaxing and giving up?
Risky hobby makes potential guardian anxious.
Advice for aunt whose nephew loves "My Little Pony."
Time to deal with depression no different than time to deal with other diseases.
People are who they are and he's no Norman Rockwell grandpa.
How do you draw the line between abuser and the victim?
Take a good look in mirror before you become that person.
When kids screw up, you need to call them on it.
Trips to visit family becoming a hassle, so adapt to changing conditions.
Grandma won't take no for an answer.
Make non-invitation an chance for kids to see how adults handle touchy situations.
Serious dog lovers leave her feeling imposed upon.
Try some light, family-friendly defiance.
"Foreign and scary" five years in = Does Not Work.
Stop tiptoeing around issues with high-school friend, children.
Two sons differ on meeting parents' expectations.
While I'm away, readers give the advice.
While I'm away, readers give the advice.
Two years ago my adult daughter was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Hi, Carolyn: About a year ago I developed a crush on a female friend, whose boyfriend I also know independently of her. I suspect the attraction was mutual but we never acted on it.
Dear Carolyn: I am a generally happy, young teenage boy. I have recently been upset with my mother, because I feel she has been unfriendly. Whenever I ask her if I can do something, she replies that I have to mow the lawn first, or pull weeds out of the garden. I make simple requests, but it…
Dear Carolyn: My husband and I have been together 12 years. His mother is mentally, emotionally and verbally abusive.
Dear Carolyn: I would like to invite one of my good college friends to be in my wedding party. He and I live relatively far apart but have, over the years, traveled together and gotten together whenever we've been in the same city. We last saw each other about nine months ago, but alumni gro…
Dear Carolyn: What to do, as a full-grown adult, when a classless coward makes a loud, public and derogatory comment about your mother (a former friend of hers) after your unknowing mother walked out of the restaurant, where this person and party were coincidentally seated near us?
Hi, Carolyn: I'm a dad with two grown daughters ages 33 and 35. Both have graduate degrees, are gainfully employed, live on their own, and are in what seem to be healthy relationships. My wife and I feel blessed and are very proud of them.
HELLO, CAROLYN: My question is, when is spanking a child OK?
DEAR CAROLYN: My neighborhood has one small traffic island on a busy street, to calm traffic and prevent accidents. Our town maintains traffic islands as public green space with the help of community volunteer gardeners.
Hi, Carolyn: My husband's parents are in their mid-80s, and they have lived with us for 14 years. They don't pay toward household costs. They moved in with us originally because my mother-in-law took care of my son while I worked. My son is now 15. My father-in-law still works full time at a…
DEAR CAROLYN: I have a very dear cousin and a very dear daughter, but they do not hit it off. Cousin lives out of state and only visits a couple times a year — usually at one of the big holidays. Due to social media differences (for which both are at fault), Daughter refuses to be at family …
Dear Carolyn: I have no bond with my mother, and never have, including as an infant. She is self-centered, probably has Narcissistic Personality Disorder, and makes herself look good by spinning partial truths to make other people look bad. Her usual target over the years has been me (yes, t…
Dear Carolyn: So eight years ago, my best friend of 15 years — my maid of honor — basically told me, via email, no less, two months before wedding, that she had other plans on my wedding day.
My brother's wife is pregnant and very difficult. First, she took weeks to even tell me that I was going to be an aunt. Then, she asked me not to tell anyone, including my own sons, until she was further along. It took a few more weeks until she would "let" my sons know, and then she told th…
To preface, I'm a fairly neat person, not Monica-Geller-from-"Friends" clean (read: not neurotic), but I clean up after myself in the common areas as well as in my personal space. I do a more thorough clean every two or three weeks where I'll mop, vacuum, dust, et cetera. My roommates, howev…
I'm a 21-year-old currently studying abroad at a great distance from my parents. I love my parents very much, and, as a result, we communicate frequently. During college, I would call my mother four or so times a week, but with the time difference, communication here is limited to email. I h…
When my husband and I first started talking about having a baby, he confessed that he is terrified and needed time to get used to the idea. Together, he and I picked a date on the calendar and agreed that would be the day I stopped taking my birth control pills, but that I wouldn't make a hu…
I want to consider having a third child. My husband is adamantly opposed. Indeed, our second was an oops. I've kind of been in denial about the depths of his opposition, but really I know he's not going to change his mind. So how do I (a) forgive my husband for not wanting a third, because I…
My daughter is in seventh grade. Her best friend brags a lot about her grades ("I got an A" ... said with a sing-songy voice). Same best friend has issues with perfectionism. Crumbles if she gets less than an A. My daughter is an all-A-and-one-B type of student so far, which is fine with us.
For the past three years we have limited visits with my family to three days for our sanity. The prospect of a weeklong visit is already making me anxious. We plan to schedule some outings away from my family, and we will stay in an appropriately sized and outfitted house (outdoor pool, big …