Advice

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

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July 25

Hax: Former friend has become a ghost

Dear Carolyn: I would like your perspective on a ghosting situation. I met “Rose” four years ago in college. We kept in touch even after…
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July 25

Hax: How to foster the gift of gratitude

Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn: My family is extremely lucky — enough to eat, a safe place to live, health, loving extended…
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July 25

Ask Amy: Woman's visits to elderly give neighbor the creeps

Dear Amy: I live in a condo building that was inhabited by many elderly people who have since died, moved to retirement homes or…
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July 21

Ask Amy: Roommate feeling awkward over overnight guest

Dear Amy: I live with a roommate who is in her 60s and heterosexual. I am in my 30s and a lesbian. Recently she…
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July 21

Ask Amy: Retired colleague is tired of organizing get-togethers

Dear Amy: Now retired, I was always the one at work who instigated get-togethers with colleagues. I worked for a government organization, so there…
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July 21

How to make cabin guests lend a helping hand

After cooking, cleaning and entertaining visitors, this host was left exhausted and wondering how to get some help around the cabin.
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July 20

Hax: Apology demand illustrates larger problem

Dear Carolyn: My partner said something hurtful, which was not meant to hurt me but did. After I explained why it hurt and how I…
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July 19

Ask Amy: Family roiled by grandfather's medical choice

Dear Amy: About two months ago, my husband’s grandfather was found to have cancer. He decided to eschew traditional Western medicine in favor of…
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July 18

Ask Amy: Mom upset over middle-aged daughter's tattoos

Dear Amy: My 45-year-old daughter got a large tattoo on her inner arm. Imagine my surprise when I finally saw it. I said to…
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July 14

Ask Amy: Sisters' animosity leads to family phase-out

Dear Amy: There is a lot of animosity and competitiveness between my sister and me. I financially support myself and have a stable job.…
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July 14

Ask Amy: Hikers encounter trail of rudeness

Dear Amy: Why do people have to be so rude to old people? I need to know how to respond when someone has been…
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July 13

How to answer, 'When are you having kids?'

Anyone who asks such a personal question is likely unaware of the minefields it unearths.
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July 13

Hax: He wonders why wife teases him

Dear Carolyn: I know teasing can be a playful way to get close or nudge us not to take ourselves too seriously. But sometimes I…
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July 12

Ask Amy: Mother struggles with daughter's insults

Dear Amy: I am the mother of a 21-year-old girl and an 18-year-old boy. My problem is with my daughter. She treats me very…
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July 11

Ask Amy: Mother's failure to bond is cause for concern

Dear Amy: I have an adult daughter from a previous marriage who I love and am close to; we bonded well when we were…
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July 11

Hax: To mend fences, improve yourself

Dear Carolyn: My fiancé’s sister and I have a strained relationship. I see her only at Thanksgiving, Christmas and occasional family events. She does not…
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July 7

Ask Amy: Family reacts rudely to wedding seating

Dear Amy: My cousin invited us (a family of four) to her son’s wedding. We were disappointed we were seated near the reception hall’s…
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July 7

Neighbor doesn't want to attend makeup and jewelry parties

How can she stop invitations to come over and buy products?
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July 6

Hax: Grow your mind, grow your relationship

While I’m away, readers give the advice. On the power of the mind, Part 1: Try mentally reframing your attraction to your partner. Culturally we…
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July 6

Ex-etiquette: Don't ignore the red flags

Q: I was married for 13 years and have been separated for a year. I have two kids, ages 9 and 12. I have met…
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July 5

Ask Amy: Happily married spouse tries to prepare for loss

Dear Amy: My wife and I have been happily married for 45 years. Marrying her remains the best and wisest thing I’ve ever done.…
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July 5

Ask Amy: Texting deception will only hurt ex-wife

Dear Amy: My wife left me because she couldn’t take life with me anymore. Honestly, I don’t blame her. She basically stopped talking to…
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July 3

Hax: When elders are mean, be kind

While I’m away, readers give the advice. Dealing with mean elders, Part 1: My cruel stepmother outlived my father. When he died, I thought I…
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June 30

Ask Amy: Sisters resent brother's dependence on parents

Dear Amy: I am one of three sisters who live relatively stable and productive lives after some rough patches growing up. Our elderly parents…
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June 30

Ask Amy: Her instincts are right about risky guy

Dear Amy: I am a senior who recently started dating. I was seeing a man for about two months. I liked him, but he…
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