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August 05, 2018

DEPARTMENT OF OVERTHINK

Dear Short Answers: How do you tactfully invite some of your co-workers to your wedding and not others? Should I include a message at the bottom of the invitation that says “please keep this invitation confidential?” If I do that it sounds like we are…

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August 03, 2018

Q I have been involved in our high school parent club for eight years. Each year we put out notices that parents are needed to coordinate events for students. For the last several years, a few parents have volunteered to help with events, but no one wants to coordinate. Parents are willing to give…

Carolyn Hax

August 01, 2018

Q: Help. I was using SuperTracker in my classroom and with my family to help teach kids about healthy eating and calorie budgets. It’s gone. On the website it says, “we recommend an Internet search to find the program that fits your needs.” I don’t think that’s very…

KathyKolasa

August 01, 2018

Q I don’t know how to help my troubled sister. She has been fighting the world since she was a little girl.

She is so unhappy and stops speaking to friends and family members, including me, on a rotating basis because we have disappointed her or stood up to her.

It is always someone…

Carolyn Hax

July 29, 2018

USE IT OR LOSE IT

Dear Short Answers: A very good friend of mine is in her 50s and has had a string of health problems — from diabetes to arthritis. Years ago, she used to try to be active, but little by little she has gotten lazier and lazier. Some days, the farthest she walks is from…

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July 25, 2018

Q: I can’t believe you have bacon and hot dogs in your refrigerator! — C.C., Michigan.

A: Like many of you, we have had the pleasure of spending time with our extended family at the beach this summer. One of our younger nieces was shocked when she saw a package of hot dogs in the…

KathyKolasa

July 25, 2018

Q My brother turned 50 (although he looks younger) several months ago. Along with the usual card and gift, I wished him a wonderful 50th on social media.

That did not turn out well. He was in the process of looking for work and was going into his third and final interview with one particular…

Carolyn Hax

July 22, 2018

Q Our son committed a felony 2½ years ago. It was a horrific shock and he has been receiving the best possible treatment. It was not a crime against people.

Since that time, our other children (with one exception) will not allow us to have their children at our home unless they are…

Carolyn Hax

July 22, 2018

HEY, THAT’S NO WAY TO SAY “HELLO”

Dear Short Answers: I recently sent out invitations for a dinner party that I was planning, and I just didn’t feel like getting into the hassle of everybody’s ridiculous dietary restrictions these days. So I included a note…

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July 22, 2018

I call it “psychological thinking,” referring to the tendency among parents of the last 50 years or so to attribute bad behavior on the part of a child to so-called “issues” that are thought to be causing emotional tensions of one sort or another. That is, in fact, precisely…

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