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Advice Columns

August 12, 2018

Q I am stepfather to my wife’s only child, age 8, from her first marriage. My wife always and in every way puts her son before our marriage. We went through counseling several years ago and things got better for a while, but then began slipping back into child-comes-first mode. Believe me, we…

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August 12, 2018

Q I am a white atheist (raised Catholic), long-term dating a Pakistani-American agnostic (raised Muslim). In general, there is cultural pressure for Pakistani people to marry other Pakistanis, or at least within the faith, with no American-style dating allowed. Many mixed-faith relationships take…

Carolyn Hax

August 12, 2018

IT’S NOT YOUR PARTY

Dear Short Answers: A very good friend is getting married in September. I just had a baby in June and she has said very clearly “no babies” at the wedding. My baby will be only 3 months old, and I don’t think this is fair! (I’m nursing.) What…

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August 10, 2018

Q My son and his fiancee bought a condo close to us, which then flooded. They moved in with us and repairs have taken longer than anticipated.

His fiancee, “Laura,” is an intense introvert. For that reason, I gave up my exercise, TV and craft room for her to have her “alone”…

Carolyn Hax

August 08, 2018

Q: A friend asked me to go with him “to eat some noodles” the other day. I went along although I didn’t know what I was going to eat. Are noodles healthy? — K.F., Greenville

A: Did your friend invite you over for “oodles of noodles”? Over the years I have…

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August 08, 2018

Q My mother-in-law has spent much of her life accumulating collectibles, heirlooms and furniture with the rationale that she will give them to her children and grandchildren someday. Her four grandchildren are still in high school. She’s decided that “someday” is now and is…

Carolyn Hax

August 05, 2018

When baby boomers get together, we often talk about our observations of parenting in these postmodern times, one of which is that today’s parents seem, as a rule, to want to be liked by their children, to want to be their children’s friends. That, we agree, is very odd. We ask,…

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August 05, 2018

DEPARTMENT OF OVERTHINK

Dear Short Answers: How do you tactfully invite some of your co-workers to your wedding and not others? Should I include a message at the bottom of the invitation that says “please keep this invitation confidential?” If I do that it sounds like we are…

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August 03, 2018

Q I have been involved in our high school parent club for eight years. Each year we put out notices that parents are needed to coordinate events for students. For the last several years, a few parents have volunteered to help with events, but no one wants to coordinate. Parents are willing to give…

Carolyn Hax

August 01, 2018

Q: Help. I was using SuperTracker in my classroom and with my family to help teach kids about healthy eating and calorie budgets. It’s gone. On the website it says, “we recommend an Internet search to find the program that fits your needs.” I don’t think that’s very…

KathyKolasa
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