Jun 09, 2016
We raised our daughters on healthy food and made sure they had a nourishing meal each night. It's with a feeling of despair that I see them take the easy way out with their own children's diet: fish fingers more nights than not, and lots of processed foods. I worry my grandchildren will develop health issues. I have a good relationship with my daughters and don't want to spoil it. What can I do?
May 20, 2016
Two years ago, I started dating a woman I met online – we had a spark immediately. We were both recently separated; she has two amazing girls but I've always felt uncomfortable with her ongoing relationship with her ex. I understand that a good relationship between parents is infinitely preferable to two parties at war, but they're just too caught up in each other's lives. In the two years since we got together, they've been on holiday (as a foursome) several times. Whenever I mention my discomfort, she says I'm selfish and jealous. Am I being unreasonable?
May 08, 2016
A few years ago, I got very ill and I am still suffering the after-effects. I can't work and now struggle in social situations. I am finding myself incredibly lonely, isolated and depressed. I used to be outgoing and confident, but I have been losing contact with my old friends. I had thought it was because I often turn down invitations due to being unwell, but this week I received a message from one of my oldest friends to tell me that I bring her down and that I need to cheer up. I am heartbroken. I have so much love and friendship to offer, just not in the same way I was able to before. What should I do?
May 03, 2016
My husband and I have been married for eight years. I love him, we're happy. The biggest gripe in our lives is his job, which he's kept for 13 years. I feel he's institutionalised. I'm the risk-taker, he has to analyse everything. He has no trust in his superiors and is close to walking out all the time, but won't leave out of fear. This is despite getting job offers, which he ends up turning down. How can I help him take a leap of faith?
Apr 18, 2016
I started drinking at university, and 25 years later, I still drink daily and often too much. Most would consider me successful: I have a PhD, a great job, a nice house, a solid marriage, and good health. So why drink? The short answer is, I enjoy it. But I frequently feel tired (or have a hangover) the next day. I still go to work, exercise, and do everything I normally do – including drink at the end of the day. How do I stop?
Mar 26, 2016
I'm 31 and I've found myself very attracted to a 23-year-old man. Everything is going well – we have amazing chemistry – but my friends disapprove, and keep reminding me that my clock is ticking and I shouldn't waste my time on a relationship they say will probably go nowhere. I really think I'm falling for him. Help!
Mar 08, 2016
I am 40, my husband is 20 years older, and we have a four-year-old son. Our parenting methods are very different: my husband reprehends our son and puts him down, and I have to protect him. I want my son to love his dad instead of fearing him or feeling resentful, and to grow up confident and emotionally strong. What can I do?
Feb 29, 2016
One of my dearest friends is now my boss, and it's really hard. I feel I have to keep to myself things I used to tell him because I don't want to look vulnerable in front of him any more. And jealousy comes in, too. Why him and not me? I love my job, but I don't see how I can be a friend and an employee.
Feb 07, 2016
I recently graduated and have been with my boyfriend for three years. He's naturally intelligent and popular; I'm quiet and hardworking. Now he wants to move to a new, big city, where we will find jobs (hopefully) that will pay enough to cover our bills. I was offered a job in our local town that I'm not too excited about, but I at least know I will have enough to make ends meet. Though the idea of moving and having a new life sounds like a dream, at the end of the day that's all it is. Should I follow my heart and move to the big city with him? Or do I stay where I know I have a job waiting for me, yet possibly ruin my relationship?
Feb 01, 2016
I am a 14-year-old girl, and I want to be a dancer when I'm older. I feel as if I have an attachment to my dance teacher at school: we have a really good bond and I talk to her often about personal issues.
When I notice other people talking closely with her, emotions are triggered that affect me badly. (I suffered with depression last year; this mood isn't constant in the same way, but feels similar in the short term.) It sounds overdramatic, but it's something I can't control. I know she's just my teacher and that there's no good reason I should feel like this when she appears close with other students, but it seems to be affecting me more and more, and I'm unsure what to do.