Our expert says:
This is indeed a problem and I feel for the poor child. It would be good if you could talk to the mother to find out if the boy also exhibits this kind of behaviour when he is with her. If this is not possible, then I would suggest that you arrange to have the child assessed by a paediatric psychologist to pinpoint if his problem is emotional (which I would also suspect). I think this behaviour is a "cry for help" and that he needs help from someone who is trained in the field of child psychology. The psychologist will advise if the lad is indeed acting up because of psychological trauma. If not, then it would also be important to talk to the mother to find out what he is eating. If the mother allows him to eat junk food all the time (possibly as the route of least resistance), then the father must ensure that his son is given a balanced diet so that he can grow normally and not be stunted.
Good luck with this tricky situation.
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