‘My teenage sons have fallen out and are now ignoring each other’

Ask the Expert: The 13-year-old punched the 15-year-old and both were shocked by this

‘The older boy has a tendency to invade the younger’s space both physically and verbally.’ Photograph: iStock

‘The older boy has a tendency to invade the younger’s space both physically and verbally.’ Photograph: iStock

Question: Our 13-year-old and 15-year-old sons fell out over a month ago. Despite separate parental mediation, relations between them are still not great. They’ve gone from general horseplay and good-natured slagging to ignoring each other. The older boy has a tendency to invade the younger’s space both physically and verbally. On this occasion the younger lashed out and boxed the older.

Both of them were a bit shocked.

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