Our expert says:
I think most or all of what I said earlier, still applies. The boy's behaviour is very understandable, and his feelings of hurt and anger are very understandable, with such a ridiculously neglectful father.
He still managed to raise the kids of 6 and 8 by himself, so could handle this one now, if he bothered to do so. Maybe, without realizing it, he somehow blames the child for that mother leaving ?
The child was not born evil - he has been trained to be bad, by neglectful circumstances created by a foolish father. Children are usually very logical. IF he feels neglected, he'll be angry and look for ways to express that anger and to get his own back. I womder whether your husband, directly or indirectly, communicates to the boy that his situation is YOUR fault, so the kid takes it out on you, and excuses the father ?
What do other readers think ?
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