Our expert says:
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Her's a summary. We are influenced both by genetics / inheritance, and by upbringing and our environment. So they may have inherited some aspects of their mother's personality, but also, presumably, were exposed for some years to her behaviour, which she probably implied was OK.
As the boy seems to be showing a return to previous patterns of bad behaviour, which responded well then to seeing a shrink, a return visit would be a good idea. If you can't afford a visit to a shrink, how could he afford to be in a clun all that time ? Or even to
Meanwhile, you don't mention any sort of disciplinary system in the home. YOu and the father should draw up a code of conduct and rules, and a set of predictable consequences for breaking the rules. What for instance, happened to the kid who went clubbing till 3 am ?
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