Carolyn Hax

Washington, D.C.


Education: Harvard University, BA in History and Literature

Carolyn Hax writes a daily advice column for The Washington Post and has a weekly live online discussion (noon Fridays). She is on Twitter, @carolynhax, and Facebook. Here are resources for getting help and
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Advice columnist Carolyn Hax answers your questions about the strange train we call life.

July 21, 2023

Grandma heard us say she’s boring and we hate to visit. Hax readers give advice.

The 'boring' grandma they 'hate' to visit overhears them admitting that, then moves away without leaving her new address.

July 12, 2023

Carolyn Hax: Give up dream opportunity abroad to support aging parents?

After decades supporting clingy, difficult parents, a letter-writer is torn over pursuing a "lifelong dream abroad."

July 12, 2023

Carolyn Hax: She’s mad her ex is dating after they agreed to break up

They broke up and agreed to date other people, but she wasn't ready for her ex to embrace that idea so fully.

July 11, 2023

Carolyn Hax: Distance complicates response to mom’s cancer diagnosis

Long distances and strong personalities complicate a family's response to a mother's cancer diagnosis.

July 10, 2023

Carolyn Hax: Grandma moves next door, sees chance to rewrite rules

A grandma sees moving next door to her grandkids as a beachhead to force change to her daughter-in-law's rules.

July 9, 2023

Carolyn Hax: Trusting her taste after lifetime of dressing for others

A letter writer is eager to build trust in her own taste after dressing to please everyone.

July 8, 2023

Carolyn Hax: How aggressively to help a foundering widowed friend?

Grieving friend is a physical and emotional mess. Can they step in to help her clean up?

July 7, 2023

Carolyn Hax: No sympathy card for stepmom after stepdaughter’s death

A letter-writer is hurt that her sister sent a sympathy card addressed just to her husband after her stepdaughter's death.

July 6, 2023

Carolyn Hax: Holiday recipe? Kids get beds, single aunt gets couch.

Their holiday tradition is for the married sister and her children to get the guest bedrooms while the single sis gets the couch.

July 5, 2023