Dear Carolyn: My husband left the day before Thanksgiving to attend a funeral. My brother, who lives nearby and whom I haven't seen since last Thanksgiving, was supposed to join us, but has been ill himself and canceled at the last moment. He asked us not to come to his home. My son, home from college after a difficult adolescence, has not spoken to me in nearly a year. He chose to stay in his room for the entire four-day weekend and ignore me and his sibling.
Updated: December 18, 2011, - 05:11 PM
Dear Carolyn: I don't know how to deal with my mom and her recent irresponsible decisions. She is in love again with her on-again-off-again boyfriend. To mark this new development, he recently gave her a very expensive "commitment ring," or, as I like to call it, an "I cheated on you, so here's a blinding diamond to forget about that" ring. She says in another life it would be an engagement ring (not sure what that means) and she is "sooo happy."
Updated: December 04, 2011, - 01:47 PM
She must pick her battles.
Updated: November 25, 2011, - 10:51 AM
Dear Carolyn: A nonparent here with a gripe about today's parents: I don't remember my parents helping me with my homework on a daily (or even weekly) basis.
Updated: November 13, 2011, - 04:10 PM
Dear Carolyn: I have been very good friends with another girl for many years. We're both in our 20s and have always had very different political views. This has never been too much of a problem because we learned to skirt most issues and "agree to disagree."
Updated: August 14, 2011, - 07:35 PM
Dear Carolyn: I'm having an ethical dilemma related to my ex-husband. We've been divorced a year, separated for two. We were together more than five years. We were both very hurt by the breakup, but ultimately it was my decision to leave.
Updated: July 17, 2011, - 03:17 PM
Dear Carolyn: I'm gay. Congratulations, you're the first person I've told. I've had a number of miserable hetero relationships that obviously couldn't go anywhere, but I'm starting to go crazy.
Updated: January 23, 2011, - 03:21 PM
Dear Carolyn: I am an older woman, and not very mobile. I moved in with my son's family following an injury. They have been very helpful and supportive.
Updated: January 16, 2011, - 02:32 PM
Dear Carolyn: I'm engaged to the man of my dreams. He's gorgeous, really brilliant, loves my family, and loves me unconditionally. However, he is not intimate.
Updated: January 09, 2011, - 06:00 PM