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Advice Columns

August 19, 2018

“Potty training is a nightmare.” So begins advice from Meghan Leahy, advice columnist for The Washington Post. More accurately, potty training has, of late, become a nightmare, thanks to advice of the sort Leahy dishes. Her approach? Do nothing. The child will eventually use the potty…

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August 19, 2018

Q My girlfriend is jealous of one of my co-workers. This co-worker is sweet (she’s married) and we share the same interest in food so we’re constantly eating together — lunches, snacks and occasionally happy hour or dinner. My relationship is long-distance and when I bring up any…

Carolyn Hax

August 19, 2018

LET IT GO

Dear Short Answers: My boyfriend and I are planning to get married in the fall. We are both Catholic, we both want kids and we agree on just about everything important. There’s only one silly problem. My boyfriend grew up in the city, and I grew up in the suburbs. I can’t…

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August 17, 2018

Q I’m a 23-year-old woman living across the country from my family, and my brother “Justin” is an 18-year-old high school grad. Justin is living at home and working, and might go to university next year.

My parents just called to share that he has been caught with marijuana…

Carolyn Hax

August 15, 2018

Q: I had a heart attack recently, and my health care provider is trying to get me to go vegan. I never paid much attention to my diet, but I am willing to try to make some changes. I might be able to be a lacto-ovo vegetarian, but I don’t see myself giving up dairy products. I love milk,…

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August 15, 2018

Q I would like to hear your thoughts on what happened with a girl I was dating for two months. We went on dates every weekend, where I also stayed at her place. We texted each other during the week. On our last date, she said I don’t text enough and that she had started to chat with someone…

Carolyn Hax

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
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