Our expert says:
Its sad that one so often hears of people like your dad, with talent, intelligence and skills, who refuse to take a well-paying job, despite their obligations to others, and persist in a magical belief that they will make a fortune as an entrepreneur or inventor despite showing no real talent for that. He's refusing to make HIMSELF rich, not other people.
He has failed to meet any of his obligations to his family and children, and expects others to bail him out.
At least the people around him should refuse, out loud, to feel guilty for the inevitable results of the decisions HE alone insisted on making. And though he may in the end decide to harm himself, he should be told not to blackmail others into paying for his mistakes, but to be a man, get a job and start paying his expenses.
I wonder ( and you'd need a legal opinion on this )whether it might be wise to explore whether he should be declared bankrupt, or incompetent to handle his own financial affairs, so when the large house is sold, the money is invested and used wisely to support his child and pay his debts, and is controlled to prevent him from wasting it.
Isn't it also possible for you and others in the family to help support the poor boy, WITHOUT giving any money to the irresponsible father ? Someone could pay his school fees directly, and get him clothes as eneded. And if the father loses the house and could be homeless, child welfare could be asked to step in, and perhaps attange for him to be fostered, either with kindly strangers or with others in his own family.
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