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My son is stressed about the new LC calculated grades system

My son is stressed about the new LC calculated grades system

My son was due to do his Leaving Cert this year and, with all of the uncertainty until now, he found it difficult to stay focused. He is really worried too about the system that is now proposed and how the grades will actually be awarded, as there are a couple of...

My husband and I are fighting a lot more since the virus

My husband and I are fighting a lot more since the virus

Myself and my husband are rowing more than ever in the last 2 months. Money has gotten very tight and neither of us knows how we’ll get things financially back on track if this virus ever goes away. With all the stress we are fighting lots, and I’m worried about the...

My 10-year-old daughter is getting more and more angry

My 10-year-old daughter is getting more and more angry

My 10yr old daughter has always had a quick temper and used to have huge tantrums before she started in primary school but it settled a bit. Since the lockdown, though, her anger has been ever-present. It’s like we can’t look at her without her snapping at us or...

Should I pay my children for doing chores around the house?

Should I pay my children for doing chores around the house?

We have three children the eldest is 12 and the other two are 7 and 5. Since we’ve all been cooped up the last few weeks, I’ve been trying to get them all to do small chores around the house – they make no shortage of mess!! I'm really struggling to get any of them to...

I can’t balance working from home and childcare

I can’t balance working from home and childcare

I’m trying to work from home and it is just a nightmare with my three children. They are constantly dragging out of me and I know I am responding crossly which isn’t helping. My husband at least gets to leave the house for his work and he doesn’t seem to get it when I...

My four-year-old touches herself. Is this normal and what do I do?

My four-year-old touches herself. Is this normal and what do I do?

I am concerned about my 4-year-old daughter who will lie on the floor or couch very regularly and rub herself against her hand until her face is red and she is out of breath. If I play, or do an activity, with her she won’t do this but if she is left to free-play, she...

I’m worried that lockdown is making my daughter depressed

I’m worried that lockdown is making my daughter depressed

I’m worried about my 14-year-old girl who used to be really sociable before this whole lockdown, and loved being with her friends and is missing them terribly. She has completely closed herself off in her room and only comes out for meals. I wonder if she’s depressed?...

I stopped my kids playing Playstation but my son keeps crying for it!

I stopped my kids playing Playstation but my son keeps crying for it!

I’ve 4 kids aged 16, 9, 7 and 5. They are addicted to their PlayStation. Their mood and behaviour is terrible, so I removed the controllers last week. The 9 year old cries as he said it’s his only way to communicate with his friends, I offered FaceTime and he said no....

My son has recently become afraid of being attacked at night

My son has recently become afraid of being attacked at night

My 8-year-old son has always been a bit anxious. His latest fear is that someone is going to come into his room at night to attack him. He wants us to sit on his bed until he falls asleep and in the night wants to come into our bed. I do not allow this. During the...

My preschoolers may need a Covid-19 test. How do I prepare them?

My preschoolers may need a Covid-19 test. How do I prepare them?

My 4-year-old has been sick the last couple of weeks with cough and high temp. I’ve been in touch with the doctor twice. They didn't test him as the criteria then was if you had been to Italy. Now my 2-year-old is coming down with similar symptoms so I called my GP...

My five-year-old asks if I was married. What should I say?

My five-year-old asks if I was married. What should I say?

I have been separated from my husband since 2016. We have a 5-year-old son. We have a regular schedule for access. My son has been asking recently were we married. I’m wondering how to approach this. I want him to be an emotionally stable man when he grow up, not...

My daughter is really stressed about her Leaving Cert

My daughter is really stressed about her Leaving Cert

My daughter is doing her Leaving Cert and is totally stressed about the fact that she is missing so much school. What can I do to help her calm down? There is a lot of uncertainty about how things will pan out in the next weeks and months regarding the response needed...

Our 18-year-old daughter is now demanding her boyfriend stay over

Our 18-year-old daughter is now demanding her boyfriend stay over

Our 18-year-old daughter has a boyfriend for 18 months now. Since she turned 18 she is demanding that she should be allowed have him in her bedroom (not overnight, just during the day). Until now we have had a rule that they could go into the spare sitting room but...

Should I let my eldest daughter know that I am dating?

Should I let my eldest daughter know that I am dating?

My husband and I are separated almost 2 years and the marriage was well over for about 4 years before it officially ended. We have 3 children aged 15, 10 and 7. The older two have both shown clear signs of stress and anxiety about the separation. I'm starting to get a...

My middle child has meltdowns and said she wished she was dead

My middle child has meltdowns and said she wished she was dead

We have 3 children age 12, 11 and 9. The older two are girls and regularly fall out, with the younger of the two having huge meltdowns recently, screaming abuse at her older sister. In the last two meltdowns, she got so upset she also said she wished she was dead. We...