Q My five-year-old daughter began kindergarten this year and I have noticed that she has been telling a few lies lately. Some are little white lies and she seems to think these are funny. But she also becomes angry if we question her about the truth; particularly when we find out she has been throwing her lunch in the bin at school. How do I address this behaviour without making her feel that she is a naughty girl for lying?
Q My father-in-law recently died from cancer. This was difficult for all of us but particularly difficult for my seven-year-old son. Although my father-in-law eventually died peacefully in his sleep, my son overheard us talking about this. Since then, my son has become afraid of sleeping alone and says that he is scared he could die in his sleep too. How can I make this better for him?
Q My employer has recently announced big changes within our organisation. This news has greatly affected morale at work and many of my colleagues seem to have become caught up in negativity. I am also very disheartened by the proposed changes and find it difficult to stay focused on my day-to-day work. How do I get through this time of uncertainty?
Q My eight-year-old son has recently been diagnosed with ADHD and has been prescribed medication to help manage the condition. Although we are relieved that the medication has created a calmer home, I don’t want to rely on medication. Can you recommend any strategies to help us manage the ups and downs that come with ADHD?
Q I have worked as a senior nurse for the past 15 years and have mostly enjoyed it. However, over the past 12 months, I have become increasingly frustrated as there are petty workplace issues that are unresolved. Also, I feel I care too much, and sometimes I carry my sadness and frustration home with me. One of my colleagues suggested I might be “burning out”. I don’t think I am depressed but I find it increasingly difficult to go to work each day. Could ‘burnout’ explain what is going on with me?