At 7, younger child won't understand your relationship with older child.
Don't assume you have marriage of honesty and fidelity unless and until you get evidence otherwise.
Keep things logical and low drama.
Properly placed concern here would be for fromer boyfriends conflict-avoidance.
Child's social future does not hinge on one party.
You can stay true to your convictions without coming off as the bad guy.
How long should you stick around waiting for a different answer?
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…