Parental alienation is simply the behavior that a parent does that damage or hurt the relationship between the child and the other parent. On the other hand, parental alienation syndrome is merely the impact these behaviors have on a child.
The cause of these could vary, and often tied to when there is no love in the marriage again. When such is the case, a parent might do things that affect the other parent’s relationship with the child. In the end, the one who’s hurt the most is the child.
What Are Alienating Behaviors?
When a parent bad-mouths the other parents in front of their child to gain loyalty, it can be term and alienating behavior. Most times, it could be by saying some past horrible events to the child about the other parent. It could also be when a parent stops the child from spending time with the other parents.
In extreme cases, the parent might make a false claim of abuse to limit their time with the child. The result often comes in the form of the child having negative feelings toward the target parent for some wrong reasons.
When the relationship between both parents ends, it can cause this sort of uprising that is not healthy for the child. Often, this relationship escalates when the other party is an infidel, or perhaps have remarried. In an attempt to start over or possibly erase the other parents, alienation might step in.
The Effect On The Kids
The effect alienation has on the child are numerous, and can something place the child in a difficult situation. Ideally, the child might begin to live a sort of split life, where he or she always behaves differently depending on which parent is around.
Although there isn’t much research on this subject, it remains that parental alienation can never be right for every party involved. Although there is a growing body of literature, we still do not know how people are affected by these behaviors or how they experience it.
When judging from a poll, fathers are more likely to report being victims compared to mothers. However, the one who is hurt the most is the child since he or she learns to live without both parents.
Avoiding Parental Alienation
The concern of every parent should be for the well-being of their children. In that case, you need to ensure this sort of feeling doesn’t spring up. You might feel you’re making the child love you more, but they are battling with a more intense feeling that might hurt them later.
One common way to deal with this is to seek emotional support from an adult network. When you meet with a professional, their opinions are less likely to be biased than a family and friend. Knowing that parental alienation harms your child should be enough reason to seek for help.
If you’re still married and it seems love is now lost, you can always file for divorce. Your mental state and that of your child is critical and should not be overlooked.
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