Our expert says:
Is he, perhaps, an only child ? This would mean he has not yet learned about sharing with other children, whether attention or toys.
Its an interesting observation that he only seems to show this behaviour when he father is BACK. Is he perhaps trying to get more attention from his father ? Certainly the pattern of buying the child too many toys at those times will disturb the kid and make him fel entitled to any toy he sees, not undertanding that some belong to other children. The father needs to know that the child will, given a fair chance, love him for being Dad, and no just as the guy who buys me toys.
A child psychologist or similar counsellor could help with a couple of family sessions, so you both understand what's going on, and plan a way, together,to help the child improve his behaviour
As maria says, maybe, being away so much, your husband doesn't know how else top spend time with his son or to be loving with the boy.
Discipline is as important as nutrotion, and both parents must agree and maintain the same rules and expectations, and the same responses to bad behaviour.
Also, as she says, if, understandably, there are tensions between the two of you, kids are sensitive to picking that up, and this would also disrupt his behaviour.
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