Our expert says:
The child may well be clingy because she recognizes her mother's instability and feels understandably insecure. I wonder whether Child Welfare would consider it so important to put up with the mother's bad behaviour, as this may not be as important for the child as consistency and reliable love. She might not necessarily be wlloed, if the authorities became involved, with the child, given her instability.
If the child seems troubled, seeing a Child Psychologist for assessment and advice might be a good idea. Don't automatically assume that Play Therapy, often offered by people with little or no useful training, is likely to be helpful.
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