Our expert says:
I hope other readers can ofer some helpful suggestions here, too. Check with Child Welfare and school as to possible extra sources of funding to help you care for the kids. And can't you work out a way in which your earnings are available ONLY to you to spend on necessities, so NONE of it goes to feed his gambling habit ? If others are foolish enough to trust him with the money that's between them and him, but they need to be warned that he cannot be trusted. HAve you tried contacting the responsible gambling helplines and service apparently funded by the casinos ? HOW does he gamble ? If at casinos, discuss this with casino management as I;m sure they can ban him from their premises. With other forms of gambling it's harder.
Check also on what services might be available through your nearest medical school or provincial hospital or clinic for child psych services to see and advise you on helping the children. They may love their dad, but probably recognize that he will be of little use to them in a crisis. If the oldest girl began counselling last year, get it started up again.
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