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 doesn't want my help any more

"He probably genuinely wants to be caring towards his old mum, and imagines that your offering to help him move is some kind of penance"

Virginia Ironside's dilemmas: My boyfriend's family said he couldn't marry me, so we broke up

"You can’t just leap from being adoring lovers to being friends overnight"

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Are people just less friendly these days?

"If you make a deliberate attempt to smile at people in the street – you’ll be surprised how many people smile back"

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: I'm worried that my lover's husband is dangerous

'He's said he'll kill their cats and poison their children's minds unless she returns'

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Now we're sober, they're not fun to be around

"I suspect that these old friends, to whom you both used to be so close, remind you of behaviour that you now find somewhat reprehensible"

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: How to ask my son for money?

'He takes us out and spoils us rotten, but sometimes I'd just like the cash'

Two out of five marriages end in divorce but filling in the paperwork wrong can prove very costly

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: I found a love letter in my husband's pocket. Should we seek help?

"Each day he lies I despise him more and more"

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: I can't cope with living in cramped conditions

"We are on top of each other all the time and we’re often arguing"

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: I want to try bondage, but my partner isn't keen

"He goes into his shell when I mention anything like this to him"

Virginia Ironside's dilemmas: I wish I hadn't read my mothers letters

"There was so much about how thoughtless I was. How can I stop feeling guilty?"

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