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September 16, 2018

Q I have been married to my second husband for 24 years. We have a 16-year-old and I have two adult children.

I have moved seven times in 17 years for his job. He didn’t have to quit and take another job, but they were opportunities for him to climb the ladder in his career. I have had to…

Carolyn Hax

September 16, 2018

DON’T LOOK BACK

Dear Short Answers:

I have a wonderful family with three kids, five grandkids and a terrific husband. I’m not sorry about any of the decisions that I made, but I am feeling more and more like I didn’t fully explore the alternatives that seem to be available to…

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September 14, 2018

Q During extended family get-togethers with my side of the family, there is one person who does 95 percent of the talking. When I ask someone else in the room a question about their lives, this person always jumps in and takes over the conversation again. This talker also never inquires about what…

Carolyn Hax

September 12, 2018

Q: I feel guilty every time I drink whole milk. Is it really that bad for me? — G.K., Greenville

A: First, a shout-out to Gretchen Wilson, the new Pitt County Schools Child Nutrition director. I shared a delightful lunch with her recently, and she is filled with great ideas and enthusiasm to…

KathyKolasa

September 12, 2018

Q My 27-year-old daughter recently broke up with her live-in boyfriend. Now she wants me to tell her I’m on her side of every dispute.

It’s her life, she’s an adult: Got it. But should I really be expected to tell her she acted well when she didn’t? She was needlessly cruel,…

Carolyn Hax

September 09, 2018

Q My husband of 15 years has two sisters who live two and four hours away, respectively. Sadly, both parents died five years ago. We try to keep the family ties despite the distance.

Ten years ago, the sister who lives closer to us, “Liz,” married “George.” George has three…

Carolyn Hax

September 09, 2018

As another school year begins, one of many pertinent questions is “Has the per-child or per-teacher (it doesn’t matter) rate of verbal and emotional abuse by teachers on students increased dramatically over the past 50 years or is it that the definition of such abuse has been dumbed…

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September 09, 2018

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

Dear Short Answers: I’ve been a friend of Mary Claire’s for five years now. Her daughter is getting married and does not want any of her former coaches or teachers present (my husband is one of them). Mary Claire asked if I can attend as the guest of another…

Short Answers

September 07, 2018

Q My parents (mom and stepdad) are in their 70s, retired, healthy and doing well financially. They spend their money on traveling the globe and constantly remodeling their new Florida McMansion. That’s fine. They can spend their money on whatever makes them happy.

They weren’t the most…

Carolyn Hax

September 05, 2018

Q: Our pediatrician suggested we eat more meals at home. Can it really be that important? We just have too much going on to eat at home. — F.J., Winterville

A: I would encourage you to try to eat at least one meal a week at home with your children. Chelsea Viscardi, a second-year Brody…

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