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Advice Columns

January 18, 2017

Q Are we making any progress in our efforts to lower the obesity rates in North Carolina? I joined the “Maintain Don’t Gain” program during the holidays and found that small changes made a difference for me. — J.F., Greenville

A Congrats to you and the 185 other Pitt County…

January 18, 2017

Q After another weekend hosting my parents, I'm at a loss for how to end a recurring fight with my mother. She perceives that we spend more time with my husband's family and/or enjoy their company more ... and as a result, her feelings are hurt.

We've tried to minimize comparisons, not tell…

Carolyn Hax

January 15, 2017

Q We recently discovered that our 16-year-old son has been smoking marijuana on a regular basis. At first, we intended to begin using an over-the-counter drug test but then learned that teens have figured out how to beat these tests. One of our son’s friends, for example, was regularly tested…

January 15, 2017

Q I married an aimless man. He is six years my junior and I love him more than anything in life; he is, in many ways, the man of my dreams. We married in the summer of 2015, so we're still figuring things out and I'm hoping this is just a bump.

I work full-time in a field that I love and am…

Carolyn Hax

January 15, 2017

LIGHTEN UP

Dear Short Answers: My husband has the worst table manners I have ever seen, and I don’t know what to do about it. You can tell me to just ignore it, but I am afraid that our friends won’t invite us over for dinner parties anymore because they are disgusted when they see…

January 13, 2017

Q I was recently diagnosed with PTSD. I have been severely restricting my exposure to the topic that triggered the initial breakdown, which nearly landed me in the ER. This isn't forever, but given the stakes, I'm only going to re-expose myself under the guidance of my psychiatrist.

I'm not…

January 11, 2017

Q I’ve been noticing a lot more mention of probiotics lately. What are probiotics, and why have they become such a hot topic? Should I be taking a probiotic daily? — L.K., Grifton

A It seems like forever that I have been recommending to individuals taking an antibiotic that they also…

January 11, 2017

Q Two friends have recently expressed bigoted views, and I have been left devastated and confused. These people have been truly great and supportive friends, and we've been through a lot when it comes to raising our kids.

But their newly stated views go against my core values. At the very…

January 08, 2017

One of the biggest problems among today’s parents — especially mothers — concerns their tendency to think in psychological terms about their children’s behavior problems. Mothers are more prone to this intellectual wandering than fathers not because of some gender-related…

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January 08, 2017

FIGHT BACK!

Dear Short Answers: I’m single and happy, which is great for me, but all my friends are married with small kids, and this time of year I get those cards with a zillion pictures of the kids. It makes me feel like I can’t play this game. What should I do? I used to just…

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