Virginia Ironside

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

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Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: I've tried everything to get pregnant, what should I do now?

"Many subfertile couples find themselves trapped in a longing for a child, which is combined with a certainty that there is a baby out there waiting to be born"

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: My wife gets clingy when I leave for work

It’s getting so there are only a few days that things are OK. It seems that my job is the problem, but I can’t do anything else, so what can we do to make things better?

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: I need my mother by my side, how can I stand by and watch her die?

My mum's refused another round of chemo, even though it could give her another six months of life. I feel so betrayed

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: A dinner date with 'Daddy's little princess'

This reader's girlfriend expects him to pay for everything. Is there any hope for an old-fashioned love affair in the modern world?

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Should I tell my husband about my driving ban?

Some advice for a reader who's managed to keep a big secret from her partner

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: A volcanic family row

My eldest daughter recently started a violent row with me, she's since apologised, but I'm finding it really hard to deal with it and move on

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Should children be allowed to run wild?

The reader is worried that her seven-year-old son is not adequately supervised when he stays over at a friend's house. Should she speak to the other child's mother?

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Virginia Ironside's Dilemma: Will I ever feel properly ‘grown up’?

I've held down a good job for years, and am about to be a father, but I still feel like I’m pretending to be adult

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

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

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