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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Tell them about your addiction and recovery: children in particular can find this helpful. Photograph: Getty Images

I am now sober but it seems my wife and children have got on with life without me

It is important that parents demonstrate support for each other’s parenting decisions, especially in front of the children. Photograph: thinkstock

John Sharry helps a mother share the discipline role

Breastfeeding can be a big challenge for mothers going back to work. Photograph: Thinkstock

John Sharry advises a gradual approach to feeding when going back to work

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