The key to overcoming anxiety is to help your daughter understand her feelings, to stop using avoidance, and to address the problems that are causing the anxiety. Photograph: Thinkstock

My daughter, who is 13, is having terrible trouble getting to school. She is in first year of secondary school and wakes up each morning full of an(...)

Teaching your child an alternative habit, like using a stress ball, can help with nail biting. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My six-year-old daughter started biting her nails around the same time she started school for the first time last September. She’s a happy girl a(...)

When the stress of exams seems too much, there are simple practices and procedures to ease it. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q My 15-year-old son is very anxious about his Junior Cert. It has got to the point where he is nearly having panic attacks at the thought of the e(...)

Before answering any question, ask your children what they might know already. For example, in an open curious tone, ask them: where did you hear about that? Photograph: Getty Images.

With the same-sex marriage referendum dominating the news, many parents are wondering how they should talk to their children about the issues raised. (...)

Whining time again: plan your responses to manage your child’s angry behaviours. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q: I have a beautiful, lively and very articulate three-year-old girl. She can be very whingey and now this is escalating into cheeky behaviou(...)

To break the night-time pattern, it is important to be calm and largely silent, and ideally to reward him with your attention only when he has got back into his bed. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q Our son, who turns three next week, has never been a great night-time sleeper. He has always been prone to waking at least once or even twice thr(...)

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(...)