Our expert says:
WHY is usually such a tempting question, and so very rarely a useful one. Most people genuinely don't know Why they did something that bothered others, and can't actually explain it.
This boy may well be distressed about the divorce, in ways he can't and won't explain to you ( though it may still be useful to have calm chats to him about such issues ) - these are best held at peaceful times, and not in the midst of a fight or argument. And he's probably reacting, too, understandably, to the prejudice he apparently experiences from your mom and the rest of the family.
You are wise to wonder how they treat him during the day, as thuis could also be very relevant.
And of course beating him didn't and wouldn't help at all.
Purple's response is excllent, including topics worth discussing with him. And of course, the best punishment would have ben to make him clean up the mess he made, and perhaps some other chores as well, with the understanding that this is what he can expect if something like this were to happen again
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