David Coleman

clinical psychologist, broadcaster & author

Newspaper Articles

Every Monday I write a column in the Health and Living Supplement of the Irish Independent. It is my chance to answer your queries in depth. I also write a feature article every month that covers a whole range of psychology and parenting related issues.

If you’d like me to answer your parenting question then email me dcoleman@independent.ie

I have included direct links to my most recent articles too so I hope you enjoy them:

09 April 2012 – Family Life: When is a child ready for a night away from his mum?

02 April 2012 – Family Life: My 10 year old niece is out of control acting like a teen

26 March 2012 – Family Life: Our teenage daughter is cutting us out of her life

12 March 2012 – Family Life: Would a childminder be best for my son when I return to work soon?

05 March 2012 – Family Life: My daughter has moved in with her father to escape studying; what should I do?

27 February 2012 – Family Life: Is it worth taking a risk and letting my daughter’s father back into her life?

February 2012 Feature: Praise in public, punish in private

20 February 2012 – Family Life: What do I do with my son wanting to take the easy route in school?

13 February 2012 – Family Life: How can I help my child get over our recent break-in?

06 February 2012 – Family Life: How can I control my boy who is a ‘law unto himself’?

30 January 2012 – Family Life: What else can I do to support my stressed toddler?

January 2012 Feature: It’s time to shake things up a little!

23 January 2012 – Family Life: How can I prepare my little niece for her dad’s absence?

16 January 2012 – Family Life: Should we tell the kids our relative is pregnant via IVF?

09 January 2012 – Family Life: How can I get my partner to discipline his grandchildren?

19 December 2011 – Family Life: My son has CF: how can I ensure he has a normal childhood?

12 December 2011 – Family Life: How do we get our daughter to ease into her new room?

05 December 2011 – Family Life: Is my stressed out 12 year old going to have a breakdown?

28 November 2011 – Family Life: How do we stop the fighting between us and our daughter?

21 November 2011 – Family Life: Is our separation affecting my son’s behaviour?

November 2012 Feature: How rugby turns boys into men

14 November 2011 – Family Life: My child is overeating and misbehaving, what should I do?

07 November 2011 – Family Life: Why is my son so aggressive in school?

31 October 2011 – Family Life: My 14 month old son just won’t stay in his cot at night

October 2011 Feature: Can we sex-proof our children?

17 October 2011 – Family Life: Why is our daughter obsessed with death?

10 October 2011 – Family Life: Do I need to start disciplining my whiney son more?

05 September 2011 – Family Life: Help! My daughter has started to bite.

05 September 2011 – Family Life: My daughter hums when she eats or concentrates; should I worry?

29 August 2011 – Family Life: My stepson resents me and his sister; how can I build a relationship with him?

22 August 2011 – Family Life: My daughter has separation anxiety and I’m dreading back to school

August 2011 Feature: Sometimes no news is good news

15 August 2011 – Family Life: My 17 stone son won’t get off the sofa

08 August 2011 – Family Life: I feel like I am being pulled in three different directions by my children

01 August 2011 – Family Life: My grandson hits and kicks his mother; how can I convince her to accept my help?

11 July 2011 – Family Life: My 10 Year old daughter calls herself stupid and a wimp.

04 July 2011 – Family Life: With four children under 10, how can I keep my home calm?

27 June 2011 – Family Life: My son just began smoking.

20 June 2011 – Family Life: My girls won’t feed themselves and just make a mess – what should I do?

June 2011 Feature: The Upside of Family Downtime

13 June 2011 – Family Life: How do we get our son to accept that his parents have separated?

06 June 2011 – Family Life: How can I get my four year old to stop cursing?

30 May 2011 – Family Life: How can I help my daughter cope with my ex’s new family?

23 May 2011 – Family Life: How can I help my 11-year-old son to stop wetting the bed?

May 2011 – Feature: Coping with the Transition to Secondary School

16 May 2011 – Family Life: How can I make my 12-year-old feel safe in her own bedroom?

09 May 2011 – Family Life: Why won’t other children play with my young son?

02 May 2011 – Family Life: How can my daughter get past her stifling flight anxiety?

April 2011 – Feature: Dealing with Exam stress

25 April 2011 – Family Life: How can I get my three daughters to keep their communal room clean and tidy?