An Australian father has been banned from compelling his children to eat all the food he serves them at meal times and from grilling his teenage daughter about her school reports.
The father with his divorced wife had gone to the Family Court of Australia over arrangements for their children, now aged 13 and 11.
AdvertisementThe court heard that the 13-year-old girl has an intellectual disability, an IQ significantly below average and is behind in her education, while her younger brother is a gifted student.
The mother said the father was in denial that their daughter had a severe disorder. She asked the court to order him not to interrogate the teen about school reports in order to prevent damage to her self-esteem.
The mother told the court the father brought the children together and went through their reports and his daughter did not like it.
In the judgment published last week, Family Court Justice Stuart Fowler ordered that the father be allowed to get copies of the children's reports but restrained him from discussing the daughter's reports and progress at school with her.
"The father is only permitted to discuss the school reports and progress of (the daughter) with the mother or the schoolteachers," the Courier Mail quoted Fowler as saying.
The mother later told the court the father forced the children to eat, and she believed that was not the way to deal with them.
"It was reported to her by her daughter that 'Dad yelled at me because I wouldn't eat all my dinner'," Justice Fowler said.
As well as restraining him from forcing the children to eat, Justice Fowler has ordered the father not to abuse the children, not physically discipline them, not insist they do tasks beyond their capabilities nor smoke or drink in front of them.
He can contact the children under supervision of his mother or his ex-wife's mother.