Our expert says:
OK, so there's a clear and chronic discipine and behaviour problem here. While he does need a functioning system of discipline, he does NOT need "a good hiding" as that would not solve anything, and would confirm his idea that violence is a good way of getting what you want.
Because you are clearly rather good parents in all other respects, the usually obvious causes may not be paramount, and because the problem is so long-standing, changing his bad behaviour may be a bit more complex than usual. So seeing a child psychologist for an assessment, and to plan a comprehensive and consistent discipline sstem for him, would be a good idea.
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