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: My son is really struggling with work

The situation isn’t helped by your telling him what a genius he is all the time

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: I know my friend's dad, and doubt the flashbacks of child abuse she's now suffering

My friend went to a therapist for cystitis, now she's remembered all kinds of abuse

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: My mother died before I could say goodbye

She was in a car crash, and we were fighting at the time. Now I'm finding it hard to forgive myself

Virginia Ironside's dilemmas: Sorry seems to be the easiest word

This reader's wife can't stop apologising, and it's putting a strain on the marriage

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Seeing my ex's son brings back the painful memory of my abortion

 I keep thinking this little boy could have been mine

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Should I tell the parents about their teenage daughter's drug habit

My daughter tells me her friend has been taking all kinds of drugs - What should I do?

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Should toddlers be sent to the naughty step?

My half-sister is too strict on her children. But I don’t know whether to speak up.

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Is paying a man for sex exploitative?

There’s a fine line between street prostitution, which implies powerlessness, and the role of high-end escorts

Virginia Ironside's dilemmas: How can we make my son a good student?

From punishment to praise, this reader has tried almost everything to stop her son performing badly at school. But nothing's worked so far. What to do?

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