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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...

My husband is too strict. How can I get him to be kinder?

My husband is too strict. How can I get him to be kinder?

I think my husband is too strict with our little boy who is 7 since last month. Every time I try to address it with him, we just end up in a big fight and he says that I spoil our son and nothing changes. How can I get him to be kinder? Conflicts about parenting...

My 20-month-old daughter is having extreme tantrums

My 20-month-old daughter is having extreme tantrums

In my family we have a 3 year old boy and a 20 month old girl. When things don’t go my daughter’s way she gets into a very bad temper. She will either lie on the floor banging her head against the floor, bang her head against the door or wall or she will bite her own...

How to talk to children about Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

How to talk to children about Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

It can be very hard to know what to say to children about Covid-19. Often this is because we ourselves may be confused or anxious about the spread of the virus and the likely risk that our family may face. So, before you even think about talking to your children about...

Does my seven-year-old need to have play dates every week?

Does my seven-year-old need to have play dates every week?

I’m really stressed about play-dates, and what's ok for my 7-year-old daughter’s development. It seems the girls in her class (small rural school) have play-dates every Friday. This seems totally excessive to me. With work and the busyness of life I can only manage...

Should we let our daughter go on holiday with her friend’s family?

Should we let our daughter go on holiday with her friend’s family?

My 12-year-old daughter has been invited to go away with a friend's family on their holiday to Orlando for two weeks this summer. She has never been away from us for that length of time before and it feels like it is too far away. I know she'll be gutted if we say no,...

I want to wean my four-year-old son off co-sleeping

I want to wean my four-year-old son off co-sleeping

Our four-year-old wakes after about two hours and only goes back to sleep if I or his dad get into bed beside him. He gets very upset and won't settle unless we do this. I want to wean him off us sleeping in with him gradually. Any advice on how best to do this? CLICK...