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What to do When Parental Alienation Happens?

Apr 16, 2014

divorce.jpgAs the divorce rate in the United States creeps closer to 60%, it's having an even worse effect on children. Many studies have shown the consequences caused by children coming from a divorce. One of the worst statistics shows that nearly 66% of children may be subject to abuse, school problems, criminal activity and other issues.

When parental alienation happens, whether from the mother or the father, it can have a lasting effect on the children, in a negative way. It's hard for a child to learn everything necessary when they don't have two active parents.

In the best situation, both parents will help to ensure the children receive the best possible parenting. They will make sacrifices and work well with the other parent to make sure the children don't end up suffering worse than they already have. However, this isn't always possible.

Parental alienation can happen when one of the parents moves far away or decided they are just not interested in raising the children. This can cause issues, especially if they occasionally pop in and out of the child's life.

Co-parenting isn't easy, but it has to be accomplished for the children. This type of parenting can help to ensure your children avoid the downfall of a dysfunctional family. They deserve two understanding parents that can actually help raise the children.

When co-parenting isn't possible or one partner doesn't want to be a part of the equation, it's necessary to keep the negative talk to a minimum in front of the kids. Things can change very quickly and you never know when that other parent may wake up and realize they want to be a bigger part of the children's lives.

The best situation will avoid parental alienation, but this isn't always possible. Make sure you're looking out for the children and plan to make the best out of every situation in the most positive way.


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