Why You Shouldn’t Undermine Your Partner’s Parenting
While writing my upcoming book on divorce, I have reviewed a lot of research on the terrible effects of #parental #alienation (described there by Richard Warshak, author of #Divorce #Poison New and Updated Edition: How to Protect Your Family from #Bad-mouthing and #Brainwashing ), which is when one parent, consciously or unconsciously, destroys the relationship between a child and the other parent. The child is alienated from his parent to the point that he acts viciously hateful to this parent and wants to spend no time together.
Alienation can be accomplished via badmouthing, limiting time together, implications that the co-parent is a bad or scary person, and so forth. Alienation is abetted by the child, who often wants to please a primary caretaker and also has his own unresolved anger and confusion about the divorce. (This situation is different than when a child naturally wants to sever ties with a parent due to the parent being abusive or cruel; however, usually children actually want to stay close to abusive parents.)
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