Friendship challenges tend to peak for girls at about the age of 10 or 11, when the interest in friendships can be at its greatest, yet the girls have still not learnt all the necessary social skills or the ability to put things in perspective. Photograph: Thinkstock

My 10-year-old daughter is having trouble with some friends in school. It centres on her relationship with one girl who she expects to be a much clos(...)

Many young people and adults are using technology so frequently that it is interfering in normal family relationships and it has replaced many other healthy childhood pursuits. Photograph: Thinkstock

My son, who is 13, is completely addicted to technology, particularly online gaming which he would happily spend the entire day on if he was allowed.(...)

Wakey wakey: The amount of sleep children need is individual and it could be that your early waking child is getting enough sleep overnight. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My 14-month-old son has always been a bit of an early waker, but since the hour went back it has got ridiculous. The past few mornings he has been (...)

Being a parent of a young adult is about giving them space and recognising their privacy while being there for them when they need you. Photograph: ThinkStock

Q My 19-year-old son started university this year and he appears very unhappy there. He does not seem to be engaging well with the course material (...)

Decisions about the balance between parenting and career bring up your deepest values about what way you want to be as a parent and what you value as a person. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I am the mother of a gorgeous eight-month-old boy and am due to go back to work at the end of January. I am totally confused about whether to tak(...)

If hair-stroking escalates to hair-pulling, it can result in thinning or bald patches especially if it is severe or continues over an extended period. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My granddaughter is almost three and is continually pulling out her hair. She now has a bald spot on her head. Her mother had applied almond oil (...)

Sleep training requires a lot of patience and does not yield immediate results. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q: My grandson is 21 months old and his parents have never had a full night’s sleep. He wakes constantly and they are at their wits’ end to know ho(...)

It is important to channel the competitive drive appropriately in children, and to counterbalance it with an emphasis on sharing, teamwork and collective achievement. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I have heard you speak about the dangers of encouraging overcompetitiveness in young children. My question is how to deal with the situation in (...)

There is a lot you can do to improve your relationship with your son, and to transform the negative pattern that might have emerged.Photograph: Thinkstock

I seem to be fighting constantly with my four-year-old son. He is demanding and whingy, and I end up shouting all the time. I know a lot of it is m(...)

‘You want your son to realise that he can talk to you if he is ever in difficulty.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My brother took his life nine years ago. We were all devastated and, as a family, still find it hard to talk about it. At the time I did not tell my(...)