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: 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?

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Sister Stress

Whenever this reader's sister calls from Dubai the conversation quickly turns into an attack. She's tempted to cut off all contact, but this is her only living relative

Virginia Ironside's dilemmas: My mum hates my girlfriend

I know I can’t force my mother to like her, but obviously I don’t want to hurt her

Virginia Ironside's dilemmas: A stepfather?

I've broken up with my son's father and fallen in love with another man. I want him to move in, but he has a poor relationship with my 5-year-old boy. What should I do?

Virginia Ironside's Dilemmas: Baby daddy

I'm soon to give birth - but have the chance of starting work as soon as possible. My husband has said he could look after the baby. Shall I let him take control?

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