Sheila O’Malley of Practical Parenting believes that “nobody disrespects you unless you allow them to”. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s when you’re utterly exhausted and your baby is crying yet again . . . or you’re running all day after a toddler who has no off-switch . . . or tr(...)

Jonathan Joly and Anna Saconne with their daughter, Emilia: they broadcast 20-minute slices of their lives daily.

If you see a couple out for lunch and they are both staring silently into their phones, do you think it’s (a) quite normal or (b) bizarre and r(...)

The best time of the year?

Q My wife and her mother are best buddies, allies and confidants, in a way that has always made me feel uncomfortable. Last Christmas between (...)

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Q A good friend of mine I’ve known since school (we’re in our 40s) is married to a woman who bullies and harangues him continuously. There is a lot to(...)

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Q My boyfriend is pressuring me to move in with him, and threatens to break up when I say I’m not ready. I love him but I’m still in college. He’s sev(...)

’Your concentration drops and your motivation goes’: Terry O’Connor, who is unemployed, with his dog, Lewis. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill
Men overboard

‘Deep down, it hurts. I try to stay one step ahead of depression. During the day I’m busy, but night-times are hard,” says Derek, a 39-year-old who lo(...)

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I suspected my early-teen son had started masturbating, so asked my husband to have a man-to-man chat with him, to encourage him to try resisting thos(...)

Ask anyone who does not have children and they will be able to easily recount moments when they have been excluded from conversations.  Photograph: Getty Images
Choosing a different direction

Ireland is experiencing a baby boom. According to official figures, there were 72,225 births registered here in 2012, a slight decrease on the precedi(...)

Niamh Curran, UCC student, and her mother, Rosarii, from Killurin,Co Wexford. Photograph:Mary Browne

With uniforms, homework notebooks and Leaving Certificate worries joyfully consigned to the past, starting college is both daunting and exciting. And (...)

Gráinne and Glenn McManus with sons, Conor (left) and Killian, at their home in Glasnevin, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill

You don’t really grow up until you leave home. Of course you know that household bills have to be paid, food has to be put in the fridge and clothes d(...)