3 Tips to Help Fight Against Parental Alienation

3 Tips to Help Fight Against Parental Alienation

Posted By R. Gregory Colvin LLC || 26-Dec-2017

Parental alienation is the process, and the result, of the psychological manipulation of a child into showing unwarranted fear, disrespect, or hostility towards a parent or other family members. This can be a serious problem for parents who are engaged in high conflict disputes regarding the parenting of their children after their divorce. In many of these situations, the children who are involved are often coached and taught to alienate one parent by the other parent. In this blog, we give you three tips to help you fight against parental alienation.

Tip #1: Always Use Positive Language

This simple step is often overlooked, but is very important if you want to avoid alienating your child. Instead of telling your child that you miss them, let them know that you look forward to seeing them the next time. This sounds more upbeat and positive. Use language that conveys excitement, support, and positive reinforcement when you feel you have missed an opportunity or important event due to custody arrangements.

Tip #2: Always Keep Your Plans

Don’t miss special plans or arrangements you have made with your children just because you fear that your ex-partner will not let the kids spend time with you as previously ordered. Being late or failing to show up can be twisted by your ex into “proof” that you don’t care about the children. Not keeping your plans gives your ex the the power to further alienate the children from you.

Tip #3: Never Blame The Children

It is important to remember that the children are also victims in this mess. It is easy to become frustrated when you learn that your ex-spouse is making your children spy on you, talk about every move you make, and report back on who you talk to or spend time with. However, you should remember that this is a part of the alienator’s strategy. Getting frustrated and placing the blame on your children only helps to further alienate you from your children. Don’t let this happen.

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