Relationships

Carolyn Hax: Stay in a hotel instead of my son’s home? I’m not that person.

DEAR CAROLYN: I’m a 70-year-old mom of a 35-year-old, newly married son, my only child. What are your thoughts about his telling me that if

When depression kills: Son’s suicide moves father to help other parents

Whenever San Jose State alum Reggie Burton looked at his son Avery Burton, he saw a smart, athletic overachiever with a bright future. Avery Burton

Carolyn Hax: Teen upset by ‘sexist’ advice from her grandparents

DEAR CAROLYN: My 80-year-old parents recently upset my 17-year-old daughter by advising her that she should make a real effort to find a partner who

Miss Manners: I invited this girl, and now I’m wondering where she’ll sleep

Judith Martin  DEAR MISS MANNERS: I invited my 19-year-old niece on a trip to Colorado with my husband and our two daughters, ages 11 and

Carolyn Hax: I deserve to be called grandma, and she doesn’t

DEAR CAROLYN: Being a grandmother is very important to me. The title of grandma is a badge I wear with a great deal of pride.

Carolyn Hax: My wife insists my mom should pay for our child’s plastic surgery

Carolyn Hax is away. The following first appeared April 3, 2005. DEAR CAROLYN: When my daughter was a toddler, she fell while in the care

Carolyn Hax: He said I could have a baby, but now he’s panicky

Carolyn Hax is away. The following first appeared April 13, 2005. DEAR CAROLYN: Before my husband and I married, we discussed kids, and, although he

Ask Amy: When I say I’m burned out, they imply it’s my own fault

DEAR AMY: I work as an executive assistant. I manage other people’s lives and multiple calendars every day. I am good at my job. Columnist

Jason: Key points to consider when choosing an accountant

Where do you turn if you are looking for an accountant? Some suggest asking friends, colleagues and advisers for potential candidates. But before you do

Carolyn Hax: He sent me a text mocking immigrants, and I didn’t tell him how hurt I was

DEAR CAROLYN: I am a brown-skinned first-generation American married to a Caucasian Southerner. Thanks to his Facebook feed, I am aware of my father-in-law’s political

Carolyn Hax: They’re nasty to me just because of my name

DEAR CAROLYN: My boyfriend used to be married to “Mandy,” with whom he has two children. He had a serious affair with “Jennifer” and left

Miss Manners: I hate this new rule about posting spoilers

DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a comic book writer who has long enjoyed interacting on social media with my fans and other like-minded folks about

Carolyn Hax: Should I tell her why nobody wants to visit her?

DEAR CAROLYN: Like that New Yorker cartoon about a guy making plans — “How about never? Is never good for you?” — I find myself

Miss Manners: Her kid is in school, and she still won’t get a job

DEAR MISS MANNERS: My brother has a mediocre job where he makes minimal money, but he goes to work every day and tries to provide

Carolyn Hax: Does husband’s job-hopping point to ADHD?

DEAR CAROLYN:  My husband just quit his job. Again. Third this year, sixth in four years. He’s sort of a jack of all trades, but

Ask Amy: She meant for her remark to wound me, and it really did

Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)  DEAR AMY: Twenty-one years ago, I met my best friend. We lost touch after high school, and then found

Carolyn Hax: She says our sexy behavior ‘violated her kitchen’

DEAR CAROLYN: My husband, “Eric,” and I accidentally offended my mother-in-law, “Gwen.” Eric’s parents are very nice people but are pretty conservative. They had a

Carolyn Hax: They said my Facebook posts were insensitive after broken engagement

DEAR CAROLYN: Our niece invited us to her destination wedding. After we had already bought non-refundable airfare and paid a non-refundable deposit on the place

Carolyn Hax: I may dump her because of her bizarre eating habits

DEAR CAROLYN: I’ve been with my girlfriend about a year and, even though I love her, some days I consider breaking up with her over

Carolyn Hax: Should I warn her that her job is a scam?

DEAR CAROLYN: My sister has been selling for a multilevel marketing company for a few years now. It seems to be slightly better than some

Ask Amy: He was drunk, rowdy and unapologetic. Is this punishment too harsh?

DEAR AMY: My 21-year-old son goes to college in a neighboring state. He lives in an apartment with several friends. Columnist Amy Dickinson (Bill Hogan/Chicago

Problem Solved: Metropolitan Warehouse won’t pay up for damage

Q: Last year, I paid $1,500 for two Baker Furniture side tables from a business called The Local Vault. I contracted with Metropolitan Warehouse and

Ask Amy: She must have known her big surprise would hurt me

DEAR AMY: All my life, I have wanted to be a mother — more than anything else. Two years ago, I learned that the only

Travel Troubleshooter: Airline delay made us miss grandmother’s funeral

DEAR TRAVEL TROUBLESHOOTER: My family of four was scheduled to fly from Austin, Texas, to Quad City International Airport for my grandmother’s funeral in Moline,

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