Carolyn Hax: Husband procrastinates work — again — and tanks a beach vacation

Husband’s procrastination issues have become his spouse's problem by cutting deeply — and expensively — into family time.

By Carolyn HaxAugust 30, 2023

Miss Manners: I’m too embarrassed by my house to host dinners

The letter-writer thinks their house is a “dump” and doesn’t want to invite people for dinner.

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina MartinAugust 30, 2023

Ask Amy: My kid told me I’m selfish for helping others

Mom is shocked by the idea that helping others could be seen as selfish.

By Amy DickinsonAugust 30, 2023

Ask Elaine: 24-year-old feels lost in grief a year after sister died

The writer feels they will never be happy again after their sister died from brain cancer.

By Elaine WelterothAugust 29, 2023

Ask Amy: My birth mother’s family wants to keep me a secret

Letter-writer found their birth mother’s family, but they want to keep their identity a secret.

By Amy DickinsonAugust 29, 2023

Miss Manners: I reconnected with an old friend. Now I remember why I didn’t like her.

Letter writer regrets reconnecting with an old friend who complains about everything.

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina MartinAugust 29, 2023

Carolyn Hax: Is it better to lie about how attracted you are to your partner?

An ex always wanted more compliments, and a letter-writer wonders whether faking it would have helped their marriage survive.

By Carolyn HaxAugust 29, 2023

Ask Amy: Best friend says sorry for emotional affair with my husband

Writer is not sure whether to respond to an apology.

By Amy DickinsonAugust 28, 2023

Carolyn Hax: They share custody but child cries when she goes with mom

Daughter “cries and is inconsolable” when going to her mother’s.

By Carolyn HaxAugust 28, 2023

Miss Manners: How to travel without being a ‘nuisance’ to the locals

This letter writer is worried about being annoying when they travel to areas as a tourist.

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina MartinAugust 28, 2023

Carolyn Hax: His parents keep moving to be near family without asking

The writer is not pleased parents of husband want to relocate close to their family again.

By Carolyn HaxAugust 27, 2023

Ask Amy: I’m hurt my stepchildren didn’t acknowledge my mom’s death

Stepchildren skipped the letter-writer’s mother’s funeral and didn’t even offer condolences.

By Amy DickinsonAugust 27, 2023

Ask Amy: She’s sad her daughter is skipping her dad’s 80th birthday celebration

Should this mom tell her daughter she’s sad she’s skipping dad’s 80th birthday celebration trip?

By Amy DickinsonAugust 26, 2023

Miss Manners: Daughter wants to do a family cruise. No thanks.

Daughter really wants family to go on a cruise together, but the letter writer would rather not.

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina MartinAugust 26, 2023

Carolyn Hax: Relative looks for polite exit from messenger role with ill nephew

How does this letter-writer step down as thoughts-and-prayers messenger between loved ones and an ailing nephew?

By Carolyn HaxAugust 26, 2023

Miss Manners: Grandparents will surely fall asleep at grandson’s show

Letter writer already knows their elderly parents will fall asleep at grandson’s show.

By Judith Martin, Nicholas Martin and Jacobina MartinAugust 25, 2023

Ask Amy: Siblings wonder if it’s worth finding their biological father

Letter writer and brother were the product of their mother’s affairs and still don’t know much about their biological father.

By Amy DickinsonAugust 25, 2023

Carolyn Hax: After dad’s death, their progressive-activist mom marries a bigot

A letter writer feels the loss of both parents after widowed progressive mom stands by her racist, homophobic new husband.

By Carolyn HaxAugust 25, 2023

Ask Sahaj: My cousin was my bestie. She dropped me ‘like a hot potato.’

A reader feels hurt after their cousin stopped emailing then said she has no time to chat.

By Sahaj Kaur KohliAugust 24, 2023

Carolyn Hax: Gynecologist turns appointments into lectures on losing weight

She dreads her yearly OB/GYN appointment because her doctor won't stop pressuring her to lose weight.

By Carolyn HaxAugust 24, 2023