As one of my boys is 12 and prepubescent, I’m concerned about telling him about his dad before he has established his own sexual identity. Photograph: Thinkstock

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Children feel great relief once their worries are expressed and heard by others (and they are not thought ‘mad’ for having them). Photograph: Thinkstock

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You want to reduce gradually the support you give your daughter and help her relearn how to relax and fall asleep by herself. Photograph: Wavebreak Media/Getty Images

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Think how best you can open a constructive conversation with your daughter about her behaviour at home. Photograph: Thinkstock Images

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Is there anything we can do to help her calm down and accept her father? Photograph: Thinkstock Images

John Sharry helps solve your parenting problems

Don’t communicate through your kids or use them as a go-between. If you need to discuss something with their other parent, do so directly. Photograph: Thinkstock

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