John Sharry

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Sibling rows and disputes are among the most common childhood problems that parents worry about. Photograph: iStock

I have two girls who were born within only 14 months apart. They are now five and six years old. The trouble is that there can be lots rows and fights(...)

Responding to anxiety in children in the long term requires a patient approach from parents

I’m hoping you can guide me in relation to my four-year-old’s anxiety. He’s a worrier and it breaks my heart to see him so anxious at his tender age. (...)

Reassure your son that the bedwetting is not his fault and that lots of children have this problem, though it is usually kept private.

I have a bit of a problem with my six-year-old son. He is the youngest of three, a well able and very talented little chap, although he thinks he is t(...)

Once the fear is named, then it is important to encourage your daughter to face it and overcome it in small steps

My nine-year-old daughter has always had a fear of vomit. She was triggered recently by a girl vomiting in her class. The next morning she want(...)

“The last time she said she did not want to be alive  was after falling out with a girl in school.” Photograph: Getty Images

My six-year-old daughter has begun speaking about “not wanting to be alive” in a distressed state. It can happen in the middle of a tantrum, when she (...)

Some studies show that due to the extra adult attention they may receive, some only children can display particular leadership and academic abilities as adults

QUESTION After years of trying and bouts of infertility treatment, my husband and I were thrilled to have a wonderful baby boy who has grown into a d(...)

A woman and child leaving  the Manchester Arena after the May 23rd attack. Photograph:  Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

As the media continues to be dominated by the news of the terrorist attack at the Manchester Arena over the next few days, parents will be wondering h(...)

The ideal is to negotiate with your daughter’s father and reach an agreement about what is best for your daughter

Three years ago, when I was on holiday in England, I had a brief relationship that resulted in me becoming unexpectedly pregnant (due to contraception(...)

Members of the O’Tooles and Castleknock teams shake hands after a game during an U10 football tournament in Clontarf. “Girls’ involvement in team sports tends to fall off a cliff ‘right at the time when they would benefit most’.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

“I don’t know how to manage my own anger, frustration and utter gut-wrenching hurt for him when he sobs that he is not good enough,” a concerned paren(...)

Sport is not all about winning, but some competition can do no harm – and can  bring out the best in children.

My son is under 12 and turns up for GAA training. He is often left on the sidelines, but as the ages get higher, it has got worse. Now they are bringi(...)

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