Sarah O’Doherty, child clinical psychologist says parents need to communicate regularly with their children. Photograph: Getty Images

Parenting strategies such as the so-called “naughty step”, star charts, reward systems or sending teenagers to their rooms to curb bad behaviour are o(...)

A lot of tweens appear older than their age now – ‘they dress like older children and are all dolled up’ – and as a result there is a tendency for adults to overestimate their maturity. Photograph: Thinkstock

A new partnership between the world’s largest dedicated toy retailer and a popular jewellery and accessories chain is a telling reflection of the chan(...)

5th and 6th-year students in Drimnagh Castle who are involved in an anti-cyberbullying campaign, Let’s Kick it Out. Pictured from left: Eoin Byrne, Emmet Farrell, Thomas Maguire and Shaun McDonnell. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Teenagers’ lives now are akin to those of celebrities – they never know when they might be photographed and where those photos might appear.That’s an (...)

Ger Rowe (centre), youth worker BeLonGTo, with the Ladybirds group. Back row: Eileen, Donna, Alison and Stacy Lee. Front: Rachel and Sarah. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Sarah was just 12 and a half years old and still in sixth class in primary school when she “came out” to her mother, Mandy.“I was really scared. I don(...)

‘I like that my kids enjoy music and love certain songs but I don’t want my impressionable kids to watch the videos for songs like Miley Cyrus’ latest hit or Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines.’

Needless to say with parenthood comes great responsibility. You are shaping the future of your children and are constantly bombarded with do‘s and don(...)

Inform yourself about the technology your teenagers are using - it is part of your role as a parent, says clinical psychologist Sarah O’Doherty.

Inform yourself about the technology your teenagers are using - it is part of your role as a parent. That’s the advice of clinical psychologist Sarah (...)

Q I am a mother of two girls aged 10 and eight. Our neighbours were burgled in the middle of the day about four months ago. There was a lot of talk ab(...)

Q I am godmother to my 10-year-old niece. Her 12-year-old brother was in a serious accident and spent three months in hospital. She stayed with me and(...)

Q I am the mother of a 13-year-old girl. We’ve always had a good relationship, but I’ve been really struggling with her for the first time since sh(...)