Our expert says:
Some kids learn to play on the guilt of divorced parents, and to profiteer from the situation. There's no point in your husband having the boy stay with you if HE cannot, for business or other reasons, effectively monitor and discipline the boy. Better to get him into therapy. Remind the brat that you don't need to be his biological mother to set rules in your own home, where he is a guest. And his father is treading the borders of neglect by sending a kid that age to the local casino. What will it take before he faces the fact that he CANNOT cope with this kid, and that both of them do need proper expert professional help. Can you have a calm talk with the father about how you yourself arfe convinced you are out of your depth, and feel that he is, too --- and that the boy is in danger and might even put others of you in danger, by continuing to be indulged and not faced with proper discipline and proper expert help
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