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September 24, 2017

I am a member of the last generation of American children who were no big deal. No one made a big deal over me, ever. Not my mother, my father or anyone else. For my parents, raising me properly was a big deal, but I was not. It may come as a shock and surprise to some readers, but the process and…

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September 24, 2017

Q I allowed my daughter and her now-husband to continue to live with me after they got married a few months ago, in hopes that they would fly the coop soon so I can finally have an empty nest. They are both 21. They both work retail and go to school. I know they would very much like to live on…

Carolyn Hax

September 24, 2017

COMMUNAL PROPERTY?

Dear Short Answers: My new boyfriend and I were at a restaurant and it started to rain really hard. When we left, he simply grabbed an umbrella from the pile of umbrellas that were by the door. Since we hadn’t brought an umbrella with us, he was basically stealing one.…

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September 22, 2017

Q It’s been over a month since my ex and I had an argument, and we haven’t spoken to each other since. We’ve been together for over a year and have had trivial arguments like this, and we always get back together after a few days of “cooling off.” I always like to…

Carolyn Hax

September 20, 2017

Q We recently moved here from Pennsylvania. My neighbor served us butter beans. I said they were just lima beans. She said no. What can you tell me about them? — P.R., Winterville

A Welcome to eastern North Carolina! I fully enjoy exploring local food cultures and hope you will too. Magen…

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September 20, 2017

Q I am writing about a behavior common to a close relative and a friend. They notice something about someone and then “give them the business” about this flaw.

You probably know this type of jovial person who will write this off as a normal part of being a close friend. The ones I know…

Carolyn Hax

September 17, 2017

Q I get very frustrated with my children when they don’t obey me, even down to the simplest of instructions, and end up yelling. How does a parent stop yelling at her kids?

A Thank you, thank you, thank you for asking this very pertinent and timely question. Yelling is commonplace among…

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September 17, 2017

Q My husband has an annoying habit of picking up his phone the second he gets a text message, even mid-conversation, and then dropping everything else to respond right away. This irks me.

I am uncomfortable being confrontational and so will often build up resentment gradually until I get…

Carolyn Hax

September 17, 2017

YOUR SISTER’S KEEPER

Dear Short Answers: I took my dog to the dog park yesterday, and while I was there a woman came in with a rather large dog. Soon after, she left and left her dog in the dog park. I thought she might be just going to her car or something but I was there for over 30…

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September 15, 2017

Q My wife and I are expecting our first child in about eight weeks, and under the advisement of our obstetrician and pediatrician, we’ve asked our parents and siblings who will be near the baby to get vaccinated against whooping cough (pertussis). Seemed pretty easy, I know it’s a…

Carolyn Hax
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