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Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Carolyn Hax

Hi, Carolyn:

My husband and I recently chaperoned a five-day high school trip. The daughter of some friends was one of the students. She has had a contentious relationship with her parents, and was distant with us and the other chaperones.

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Bringing Dirt to Other Parties

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

I have an old, but really close friend, who has her own old, really close friend. (My friend "Jane" and I met after college; Jane met her friend during college.) Jane and I are having a ...

Not My Debt

Hi, Carolyn:

I finished my undergrad a year ago, have a good job, and consider myself financially stable. My boyfriend is finishing his master's and will graduate with $200,000 in student debt.

We've been together for nine months and have not...

Dealing With Mom Guilt

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Hi, Carolyn:

So Cousin No. 1 tells me in confidence that Cousin No. 2 had a miscarriage and asks me not to say anything to anyone, which I do not.

Fast-forward a few months, my mom finds out about ...

Trapped in an Unhappy Marriage

Dear Carolyn:

I have been unhappy in my marriage for a long time. So long, in fact, that it started long before it became a marriage. I always had an excuse for putting off ending the relationship. In the beginning it was, "I'll wait until ...

All They See Is the Alcoholic

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

I am dating a very-newly-recovering alcoholic; he's been sober five months. We have known each other for almost two years and share many friends, most of whom knew him when he was still ...