Advice

Looking for some advice on love, family, life? Here are tips from the Star Tribune's experts.

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June 22

Hax: Domesticating a new live-in partner

Dear Carolyn: I love my partner. He recently moved in. I’ve had so many roommates over the years (I’m pushing 30, so think 12-13 years…
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June 21

Ask Amy: Family secrets find a home with brother

Dear Amy: I have become the person in my family who holds family secrets. I am the last of my immediate family, but I…
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June 20

Hax: Friend's husband is annoying – and could be a threat

Dear Carolyn: I recently reconnected with a very good friend from college. She has worked hard to bring our whole gang of college friends together…
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June 16

Should I go out on limb to criticize florist?

A request at a high-end florist for a cheerful bouquet made this customer sad.
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June 16

Ask Amy: Nephews grab the grub, while others go hungry

Dear Amy: My sister and I have always been close. We’ve never had any issues between us, and our parents raised us well (polite,…
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June 16

Ask Amy: Husband's iPhone addiction leaves wife lonely

Dear Amy: My husband is addicted to his iPhone. It goes everywhere with him and has his undivided attention. There was a time when…
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June 15

Hax: Mom struggles to arrange playdates

Dear Carolyn: I have one child, age 7, and I had him late. He is much younger than the children of my friends in the…
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June 14

Ex-etiquette: Set boundaries when dealing with undermining parent

Q: I’m having a problem with my child’s mother and I’m not sure how to handle it. She continually undermines my plans, but this last…
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June 14

Ask Amy: Parents ponder best way to include transitioning teen

Dear Amy: My teenage daughter has a close friend named “Edward.” Edward used to be a girl and began transitioning to male last year.…
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June 13

Ask Amy: Abusive ex resurfaces on social media

Dear Amy: I had a boyfriend a long time ago who ruined my life. He ruined my credit and physically assaulted me. Naturally, my…
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June 13

Hax: Grandma needs to stop being a buttinski

Dear Carolyn: I’m having such a hard time staying out of my son’s situation. He and his girlfriend just moved into an apartment, but can…
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June 9

Classmate's tactless comment at reunion left her speechless

Expression of pity followed long tale of woe.
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June 9

Ask Amy: Sister's relationship doesn't score points

Dear Amy: My sister entered into a relationship with our stepdad’s nephew, whom she met at our mother’s wedding. She initially asked me my…
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June 7

Ask Amy: Client worries about contractor's bumper sticker

Dear Amy: We would like your insight into a moral dilemma that we recently faced. We are a progressive, Democratic household. Being in need…
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June 6

Ask Amy: Mom wonders how to deal with son's freeze-out

Dear Amy: I’m a mom of two adult children. Their dad and I have been divorced since my son was 2. My ex never…
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June 6

Hax: Girlfriend's boozing has him worried

Dear Carolyn: My girlfriend and I are in our mid-20s and have been dating for four years. We love each other deeply and generally communicate…
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June 2

Time to chill? Beverage spill led to a turbulent flight

Instead of landing in the attendant's garbage bag, child's cranberry juice soaked into passenger's pants.
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June 2

Ask Amy: Sisters squabble over 'missed call' etiquette

Dear Amy: I hope you can help solve a disagreement between my sister and me about phone call etiquette. When my sister calls and…
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June 2

Ask Amy: Family worries about widowed father's new fiancee

Dear Amy: My mother died in November. My father started dating a close family friend in January, and now they are engaged. This person…
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June 1

Hax: Time to face facts down on the farm

Dear Carolyn: I live across the country from my parents. They still live in the home I grew up in, which they built by themselves…
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May 31

Ask Amy: Dad wants to stand up to bigoted family

Dear Amy: I am the father of two wonderful children. My son is 28 and in a relationship with a man who makes him…
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May 31

Ex-Etiquette: Making plans together crucial for 6-year-old's sleeping habits

Q: My child’s father and I broke up about a year and a half ago and it has been very traumatic for our son, age…
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May 30

Ask Amy: What to expect before you're expecting

Dear Amy: My husband and I have been married for six years. I am 32; he is 37. We were going to start trying…
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May 30

Hax: Future grandma is upset over name choice

Dear Carolyn: My daughter and her husband live across the country from us, so we mostly talk with her on the phone several times per…
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May 26

Employees aren't sweet on pastry party offer after canceled lunch

Should workers voice their disappointment?
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