Carolyn Hax, Washington Post

Carolyn Hax

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  • Washington Post
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  • Detroit Free Press

Recent articles by Carolyn:

Carolyn Hax: The pros and cons of motherhood

She’s squeamish about pregnancy, and that’s just for starters. → Read More

Carolyn Hax: With past stumbles, dad lost the right to walk her down the aisle

The bride’s father was always there for her older sister but absent with her. → Read More

Carolyn Hax: Tell a tardy spouse to go ahead and have fun, but it’s your turn next

Try letting him have time away from parenting duties and simply ask for the same courtesy. → Read More

Carolyn Hax: An etiquette question about inviting trouble

You don’t have to tell prospective guests who else might be attending. → Read More

Carolyn Hax: Meemaw turns every conversation into me, me, me

How to talk to your spouse about your mother-in-law’s grandstanding. → Read More

Carolyn Hax: Mother-in-law doesn’t have a filter, so run her words through yours

If she’s just not wired for politeness, you and your in-laws have to adjust your expectations. → Read More

Carolyn Hax: If you want overprotective parents to trust you, don’t roll your eyes

Follow their rules and make the most of the time you have with your niece. → Read More

Carolyn Hax: Have an underperforming son tested, but keep expectations realistic

After all, if everyone did their best in every aspect of life, who would need advice columns? → Read More

Carolyn Hax: The case for being courteous toward a friend’s ex

A friend group chose a side when a couple divorced. But it doesn’t mean they should be unkind to the other person. → Read More

Carolyn Hax: When your spouse is unmoved by the reasons to buy instead of rent

Your real goal here should be to listen and be heard with mutual respect, not to persuade. → Read More

Carolyn Hax: In-laws’ absence at son’s wedding didn’t make hearts grow fonder

Instead of giving them a cold shoulder, tell them that they hurt your feelings. → Read More

Carolyn Hax: A caregiver fears the emotional roller coaster is about to derail

If you’re in over your head, seek therapy or support groups for you and your loved one. → Read More

Carolyn Hax: Until the divorce is in the past, look forward, not inward

Your marriage is in its death throes. Get through that before trying to do a postmortem. → Read More

Carolyn Hax: You asked for the truth and didn’t get it. Therein lies your answer.

The boyfriend isn’t straight with you, yet you’re discussing marriage instead of breakup? → Read More

Carolyn Hax: Your in-laws have been sponges, and now they’re sour sponges

She plans to take a pay cut to have more family time. Their only concern: Their meal ticket. → Read More

Carolyn Hax: A couple processes a plot twist differently

After years of trying, her husband came to terms with them not having a child. But now, they are expecting. → Read More

Carolyn Hax: His daughter is moving, and he feels like he’s been sent packing

Tell him you understand where he’s coming from, and see if he doesn’t come around. → Read More

Carolyn Hax: How to get over your awkwardness with your mother-in-law

Go to her hospital room and show her how wonderful you really are. → Read More

Carolyn Hax: For nonreligious parents, family may be their saving grace

A father of a 3-year-old isn’t sure how to handle the mealtime prayer at gatherings. → Read More

Carolyn Hax: A stay-at-home mom feels hurt when her in-law goes back to work

If it were a one-size-fits-all decision, what would there be to decide? → Read More