Virginia Ironside

Virginia Ironside is an agony aunt, columnist and author. She writes the weekly Dilemmas column for The Independent.

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Grey power: families that have strong connections with grandparents are likely to have more stable children

Life is grand as a granny

The unexpected pleasures of ageing are the theme of Virginia Ironside's new book. And the greatest of all those joys, she says, is having grandchildren

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Coping with an empty nest

A child leaving home can be like the death of a friend and being made redundant all at the same time. Virginia advises a mother on how to cope

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: It's me or the puppy

This reader bought her young son a puppy for Christmas, now her partner claims he's allergic and has issued an ultimatum. Should she ditch the puppy? Or the puppy-hater?

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Our dad abandoned the family. How can we forgive him?

This reader's father left the family for another woman last year. Now mum's taken him back, but his children are in a less forgiving mood

Virgina Ironside's Dilemmas: I ran off with my husband's best friend. What now?

Her new partner says she should go for the money she's entitled to, but what if that means her ex-husband has to sell the home that's been in his family for generations?

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: My hopelessly romantic ex says I'm not 'the one'.

This reader's ex-boyfriend says he just wants to be friends. Is it possible to convince him otherwise?

Christopher Ironside examines one of his designs in 1968

The true story of how my dad made the mint

He designed the first decimal coin, and now Virginia Ironside’s father is getting one of his own

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: How can I get rid of my daughter's boyfriend without alienating her?

This reader's daughter recently moved in with her obnoxious boyfriend, but the two of them are still bringing their laundry home to mum

Pushing the envelope

Whatever happened to Christmas cards? These days we send mass-produced rubbish, if anything. But a handmade creation is a joy for ever, says Virginia Ironside

To lose your mother, as Murdoch has, is part of the slow progression into adulthood. Yes, even at 81

Rupert Murdoch's mother Dame Elisabeth died this week, it's a devastating and sometimes transformative experience at any age

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