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 a(...)

No matter how much pocket money a child gets, they should always be taught to put aside 10 per cent

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Donna Gray with her children, Alex aged 7 and Jake aged 4. The boys are pictured with their Share Box, one of the many tips Donna picked up at the Parenting Plus course in Ballybay creche, in Co Monaghan. Photograph: Philip Fitzpatrick

‘Press the pause button” sounds simple, but it’s easier said than done not to react to a tantruming toddler, a demanding tween or a ranting teenage(...)

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(...)

Get your girls away from the TV with a family health project. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I am a mum of two lovely girls, who are seven and just nine. Although they are doing very well and I have no major problems with them, I often feel (...)

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. (...)

When telling your children bad news, pick a place where you can be comfortable and when you have plenty of time. Photograph: Thinkstock Images

Q We have two children – a boy of 11 and a girl of 14 – and we have just learned that their dad is terminally ill with cancer. My husband has been(...)

A few years ago, the most common way for young teenagers to socialise was by gathering in adult-free groups in homes, clubs or even on street corners (...)

Make sure you’re getting the support you need. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I am a mother of a beautiful two-year-old daughter, who will be three in a month, and though I would dearly love another baby, I am having trouble c(...)

“Eight-year-olds worry about their weight, and 13-year-olds worry about whether they are ‘hot’ enough,” says author  Steve Biddulph. Photograph: Thinkstock

‘Fourteen is the new 18,” is what parenting educator and author Steve Biddulph hears all the time from mothers talking about their daughters. “(...)