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. “(...)

Listen to your daughter’s point of view without being defensive. Photograph: Thinkstock

Q I split up with my wife eight months ago and it is becoming hard to see my 12-year-old daughter. She seems to be really angry with me and blames me (...)

Having a family meal or evening once a week might help encourage communication with your teenage daughter. Photograph: Getty Images

Q My 15-year-old daughter hasn’t said anything more than “Yeah” or “No”(...)

Q I was wondering if you could offer any advice with regard to our seve(...)

Taking time to think and talk through what you are thinking and feeling might help you clarify what you can reasonably hope for from the relationship  and what you might have to accept. Photograph: Getty Images

Q I have been married for 26 years and have drifted apart from my husband to the point that we almost live separate lives. Our three children are all (...)