Lots of children and adults develop compulsive eating habits which are often kept secret or done in private. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My middle son, who is 10 years old, has taken to secret eating. As a family we try to limit the sweets and treats our children have, making sure th(...)

There is a tendency for grandparents to spoil their grandchildren, often with sugary treats. Photograph: iStockphoto

Q Like a lot of people, I was shocked when watching the RTÉ sugar crash programme. I am pretty cautious and careful about what what my four- and six-y(...)

‘At times it can be helpful to play along with your daughter pretending to be a baby.’ Photograph: iStockphoto

Q My five-year-old daughter has become really babyish and is pretending to be much younger than she is. She has always been quite an advanced child wh(...)

A grumpy child can be a challenge, but there are strategies to help you – and him. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My son, who just turned six over Christmas, can be very negative and grumpy. He whines all the time when he doesn’t want to do things. Even when we (...)

Avoid waiting until your son gets worked up before intervening. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q Our issues are with our three-year-old son who has been waking one to two times most nights. It started about a year and a half ago and it has now (...)

Teenagers can benefit from having a different type of relationship with both parents, which can offer them two sources of support and two opportunities to talk. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My 15-year-old daughter seems to be unhappy all the time, and my wife and I are worried about her. She seems down in the dumps and spends a lot of h(...)

“As a nation, as well as giving practical and concrete help, we need also to reach out to support the families who have experienced flooding.” Burgess Park in Athlone town  under water. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

The floods that are sweeping Ireland are not only damaging property and farmland, they are also devastating people psychologically. The flooding of o(...)

The hierarchy dynamic between twins and is very similar to the dynamic that can happen between two siblings in the same family who are close in age.

Q I have identical twin boys who just turned four over Christmas. They are two great boys, full of energy and most of the time they get on really wel(...)

When you witness a burst of self-criticism, it is first important to acknowledge your son’s feelings and help him understand them.

Q My seven-year-old son can be really self-critical. When he can’t do something, he sometimes has a meltdown and starts saying that he is stupid or t(...)

Q We have a seven-month-old son who is very placid and content. He was breastfed exclusively up until we started introducing solids at 5½ months and t(...)