Q I have a nine-year-old daughter who is a gentle, empathic child but can be a real worrier. She gets herself into a state over just about everythi(...)

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

Q We need help in dealing with our 20-year-old daughter who is still very rebellious at home. She is in full-time education and we can’t afford to pay(...)

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

Q My one-year-old daughter has spent the past six months without her father because he has had to work away. He has recently returned home and our (...)

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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Problems such as classroom cliques, exclusion and bullying can peak at the age of about 10. Photograph: Getty

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Can I still be a good father to her, or should I walk away for her own good? Photograph: Thinkstock Images

Q I have just become a father and am finding it hard to feel much for my four-month-old daughter. I am very fond of her, but I don’t feel anything (...)

When telling your children bad news, pick a place where you can be comfortable and when you have plenty of time. Photograph: Thinkstock Images

Q We have two children – a boy of 11 and a girl of 14 – and we have just learned that their dad is terminally ill with cancer. My husband has been(...)

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

Q I have recently accepted that I am an alcoholic, after 20 years of heavy drinking that took its toll on my marriage and family. I gave up drinkin(...)

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

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

Q I am wondering when and how I should start to wean my five-month-old son. I have been breastfeeding him from birth and this has all gone well but I (...)