The initial priority has to be making the separation from the mother as easy as possible for the baby. Photograph: Thinkstock

On a bad day during maternity leave, it’s impossible to imagine that you will ever be able to go back to work. But of course the majority of mothers (...)

A lot of the time an affair happens because something is not working in the relationship. Instead of one or both facing each other about what’s going on, it’s more tempting to project those energies outside. Photograph: Thinkstock

There is nothing random about January being a peak month of the year for relationship counsellors. The combination of the emotional intensity of Chri(...)

Women are wonderful for celebrating and making connections and holding families together, whereas men can think in a linear fashion: What’s all the fuss about? Why do we have to do this? Photograph: Thinkstock

Throwing your house open to family and friends to celebrate one of life’s milestones sounds like a great idea, but the practicalities can threaten (...)

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(...)