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Advice Columns

July 21, 2017

Q My partner said something hurtful, which was not meant to hurt me but did. After I explained why it hurt and how I felt, he refused to apologize for hurting my feelings.

When I explained that people who care about each other are supposed to apologize if they cause hurt even unintentionally, and I…

Carolyn Hax

July 19, 2017

Q: Is “milk” made from plant products such as almonds, rice or soy healthier than cow’s milk? — C.K., Greenville

A: When I led grocery-store tours earlier this year, I was stunned by what I saw in the milk case — lots of dairy alternatives called “milk.…

KathyKolasa

July 19, 2017

Q Can therapy for anger ever really work? My husband is a screamer and a bully when he feels he isn’t getting the attention (sex) he “deserves.” He agreed to go to individual counseling a few months ago after I issued an ultimatum; we have small children and I wanted to give it…

Carolyn Hax

July 14, 2017

Q I know teasing can be a playful way to get close or nudge us not to take ourselves too seriously. But sometimes I feel my wife uses it to express an opinion or point about me without saying it straight out.

These exchanges always seem a bit off, like little sidelong digs, but if I look at…

Carolyn Hax

July 12, 2017

Q My fiance’s sister and I have a strained relationship. I see her only at Thanksgiving, Christmas and occasional family events. She does not acknowledge me upon entering a room, her home or my home. She heads straight to one of her family members without a word even when I acknowledge her.…

Carolyn Hax

July 12, 2017

Q I am tired of feeling constipated all the time. One of my friends said it was probably because of the way I eat. I pretty much eat what’s fast, convenient and cheap. — W.T., Greenville

A You didn’t say how old you are or describe the way you eat, but I think I can guess that you…

KathyKolasa

July 09, 2017

Q Years ago, I had a friend named “Amy” who was very explosive and ended up being verbally abusive toward me. I ended that relationship.

Fast-forward to today — my closest friend “Julie” has recently befriended Amy, and they do lots of social things together most…

Carolyn Hax

July 05, 2017

Q I think I have fibromyalgia. I asked my doctor if diet could be a treatment, and he said he didn’t really know. The information I found on the web is confusing. Can you point me in the right direction? — M.G., Winterville

A Thanks for your question. There are steps you can take to…

KathyKolasa

July 05, 2017

While I’m away, readers give the advice.

On favoritism:

As the parent of three boys (high school, middle school and preschool), I can say without reservation that I love them equally. Each can be a pain in his own special way, and each is very different from the other. So my relationships…

Carolyn Hax

July 02, 2017

For several reasons, I am not a fan of parenting magazines. First, they reinforce the impression that child-rearing is a very complicated affair, requiring consulting with “experts” on a regular basis (and yes, I am fully aware of the irony of that statement). Second, with every issue,…

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