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Carolyn Hax: Advice

Daughter’s ‘best’ friend is cruel

Hi Carolyn: My daughter, 7, has a “best” friend who can frequently be mean to her, tell her she won’t play with her, ask for money to be nice to her, pretend to kick her in the face, etc. But at other times, this friend is very nice to my daughter.

Carolyn Hax: Advice

Friend equates breakup with betrayal

Dear Carolyn: I have a friend whose girlfriend broke up with him. Months later he keeps going on and on about how she betrayed him and hurt him so bad. I’ve tried nicely saying to him that she didn’t lead him on or lie to him. That sometimes people break up even when they love each other.

Carolyn Hax: Advice

Wife worries her husband on path to obesity

Dear Carolyn: Recently my husband’s parents came to visit after an absence of several years. I found that his obese father was even more unbearable than usual and even the kids were uncomfortable around him. He was unable to move around very well so he only got up to rifle through my cupboards and shovel handfuls of food into his mouth.

Carolyn Hax: Advice

Husband insists wife attend nephews’ sports games

Dear Carolyn: My husband and I have been married 12 years and have no kids. Prior to getting married, my husband was aware that I did not want kids, and he expressed the same sentiment. Throughout our marriage, we have had the conversation and agreed we do not want kids. That has not changed. We don’t want kids.

Carolyn Hax: Advice

Is husband a ‘mansplainer’ or just a blowhard?

Dear Carolyn: My husband has a tendency to “mansplain.” Recently, when I asked him if he had heard of any U.S. military action planned against North Korea, he began his response by telling me the name of the leader of North Korea, the fact that they have been doing nuclear weapons testing, who Rex Tillerson is, etc., all of which I knew already and wasn’t really the answer to my question, was it?

Carolyn Hax: Advice

Lowering bachelorette party expectations

Dear Carolyn: How can I do my part in preventing any drama during my bachelorette party? I am having 10 of my closest girlfriends and family members fly with me to a resort town in Mexico. I am not having a traditional wedding so I do not have a bridal party. I did all the planning myself. I’m close to all of these girls but we are not part of a bigger friend group, so most of them don’t even know each other.

Videos

Immersed in history and reflection: Boise man walks Hadrian's Wall in England

Paul Goldy likes to get outside and walk. Last summer, he walked “next to history” on the 84 miles of Hadrian’s Wall Path from coast to coast across England. “Walking really lends itself to long-term reflection,” he says. “In today’s fast-paced world, it’s a great change.”
Katherine Jones kjones@idahostatesman.com
Immersed in history and reflection: Boise man walks Hadrian's Wall in England 1:34

Immersed in history and reflection: Boise man walks Hadrian's Wall in England

Courageous Kids Climbing program helps those with special needs gain confidence 2:19

Courageous Kids Climbing program helps those with special needs gain confidence

Married for 75 years 1:57

Married for 75 years

Through ovarian cancer, Boise woman learns to accept help
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Through ovarian cancer, Boise woman learns to accept help