The general recommendation is to have all screens turned off a good hour or two before sleep. Photograph: Thinkstock

Part two of this series on the importance of a good night’s sleep for families explores the challenge of technology and whether to have different b(...)

When children throw tantrums and struggle with getting up in the morning, it usually means their bedtime is far too late. Photograph: Thinkstock

Part one of a three-part series: Achieving a relaxed bedtime pattern has enormous benefits for children (improved health, well-being and achieve(...)

If you do have a minor disagreement with your partner in front of your daughter, show her how you can resolve this positively, and then repair any upset and stay connected. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My nine-year-old daughter is extremely anxious . Despite me and her dad talking to her and reassuring her, she still seems to be very worried. Her m(...)

Frequently, hair-pulling habits start out from a sensory event, for example, an itchy eyelash that your child gets into the habit of rubbing or pulling, even after the original itchiness is gone. Photograph: Thinkstock

I’m a mother of two girls, who are 10 and eight. As with all kids, they are very different in many ways. Our elder girl will talk about her worries(...)

Organising family events, such as First Communions, can be very stressful after separation. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q) My daughter is making her First Communion this year. She is an only child and I separated from her father shortly after she was born. Unfor(...)

When tackling fears with children, such as a fear of dogs, the key is to go at their pace. Do not rush them.

Q My nine-year-old girl is generally a happy child, though sometimes prone to being a little anxious and shy. She has always been a bit nervous of (...)

Anxiety about school is often a ‘social anxiety’, with worries about friendships or fitting in being at the heart of it: these anxieties are particularly heightened starting secondary school. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My 13-year-old son has always been a little reluctant to go to school, but it has got much worse since he started secondary. He constantly refuse(...)

Simple things such as having regular breaks or even playing some music during study can all help your son be more relaxed. Photograph: Thinkstock

My 14-year-old son suffers from very bad exam stress and anxiety. He is now in second year and he finds it really hard to cope with the anxiety tha(...)

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

Q I’m a mum of two boys, and I separated from their dad about a year ago. The reason for the split was that he was a cross-dresser and bisexual, somet(...)

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

I believe my nine-year-old son suffers with anxiety problems. From time to time he gets so upset and tearful that he gets a pain in his tummy and c(...)