Monday, February 25, 2008

The obsessed alienator

Are you dealing with an obsessed alienator? Do you know the signs?

The characteristics of an obsessed alienator are:
They are obsessed with destroying the children's relationship with the targeted parent.

They having succeeded in enmeshing the children's personalities and beliefs about the other parent with their own.

The children will parrot the obsessed alienator rather than express their own feelings from personal experience with the other parent.

The targeted parent and often the children cannot tell you the reasons for their feelings.

Their beliefs sometimes becoming delusional and irrational. No one, especially the court, can convince obsessed alienators that they are wrong. Anyone who tries is the enemy.

They will often seek support from family members, quasi-political groups or friends that will share in their beliefs that they are victimized by the other parent and the system. The battle becomes "us against them." The obsessed alienator's supporters are often seen at the court hearings even though they haven't been subpoenaed. ( I can identify with this one. People would show up at my court cases whom I never had seen before, but they were ready to testify against me)

They have an unquenchable anger because they believe that the targeted parent has victimized them and whatever they do to protect the children is justified. ( Why can't they move on with their lives?)

They have a desire for the court to punish the other parent with court orders that would interfere or block the targeted parent from seeing the children. This confirms in the obsessed alienator's mind that he or she was right all the time.

The court's authority does not intimidate them. ( I can identify with this as well, since I have to go to court for contempt against my ex so I can exercise my parental rights)

The obsessed alienator believes in a higher cause, protecting the children at all cost. (protecting from whom? The courts need to see that the alienator is the one the children need protection from)

Sunday, February 24, 2008

just some thoughts

Parental alienation does not discriminate based on gender, race, creed or social economic backgrounds. It can happen to any parent who is currently in a custody case or one that will be embarking upon one.

My question for those that read is; Is parental alienation a disorder or is only a criminal act or is it both?

symptoms of parental alienation

I want to post the symptoms of parental alienation in case you have come across my blog and wonder what I am writing about or perhaps you are thinking that you may be a target parent. If you are the target of the alienating parent than you can identify with these symptoms.

1. Giving children choices when they have no choice about visits. Allowing the child to decide for themselves to visit when the court order says there is no choice sets up the child for conflict. The child will usually blame the non-residential parent for not being able to decide to choose whether or not to visit. The parent is now victimized regardless of what happens; not being able to see his children or if he sees them, the children are angry.

2. Telling the child "everything" about the marital relationship or reasons for the divorce is alienating. The parent usually argues that they are "just wanting to be honest" with their children. This practice is destructive and painful for the child. The alienating parent's motive is for the child to think less of the other parent.

3. Refusing to acknowledge that children have property and may want to transport their possessions between residences.

4. Resisting or refusing to cooperate by not allowing the other parent access to school or medical records and schedules of extracurricular activities.

5. A parent blaming the other parent for financial problems, breaking up the family, changes in lifestyle, or having a girlfriend/boyfriend, etc.

6. Refusing to be flexible with the visitation schedule in order to respond to the child's needs. The alienating parent may also schedule the children in so many activities that the other parent is never given the time to visit. Of course, when the targeted parent protests, they are described as not caring and selfish.

7. Assuming that if a parent had been physically abusive with the other parent, it follows that the parent will assault the child. This assumption is not always true.

8. Asking the child to choose one parent over another parent causes the child considerable distress. Typically, they do not want to reject a parent, but instead want to avoid the issue. The child, not the parent, should initiate any suggestion for change of residence.

9. Children will become angry with a parent. This is normal, particularly if the parent disciplines or has to say "no". If for any reason the anger is not allowed to heal, you can suspect parental alienation. Trust your own experience as a parent. Children will forgive and want to be forgiven if given a chance. Be very suspicious when the child calmly says they cannot remember any happy times with you or say anything they like about you.

10. Be suspicious when a parent or stepparent raises the question about changing the child's name or suggests an adoption.

11. When children cannot give reasons for being angry towards a parent or their reasons are very vague without any details.

12. A parent having secrets, special signals, a private rendezvous, or words with special meanings are very destructive and reinforce an on-going alienation.

13. When a parent uses a child to spy or covertly gather information for the parent's own use, the child receives a damaging message that demeans the victimized parent.

14. Parents setting up temptations that interfere with the child's visitation.

15. A parent suggesting or reacting with hurt or sadness to their child having a good time with the other parent will cause the child to withdraw and not communicate. They will frequently feel guilty or conflicted not knowing that it's "okay" to have fun with their other parent.

16. The parent asking the child about his/her other parent's personal life causes the child considerable tension and conflict. Children who are not alienated want to be loyal to both parents.

17. When parents physically or psychologically rescue the children when there is no threat to their safety. This practice reinforces in the child's mind the illusion of threat or danger, thereby reinforcing alienation.

18. Making demands on the other parent that is contrary to court orders.

19. Listening in on the children's phone conversation they are having with the other parent.

20. One way to cause your own alienation is making a habit of breaking promises to your children. In time, your ex-spouse will get tired of having to make excuses for you.

Yes I am still an alienated Mom

I started this blog with the idea that I would write about being an alienated mom and have not posted in some time now. Well, I forgot my password and just recovered it. So all the drafts I had stored on my computer would all post for today and I do not think that would look right. So let me say I am sorry I have not updated in some time and will do better.

Yes I am still an alienated mom and that really hurts. It hurts my heart because all I wanted for my child was that they have opportunities in life that I did not have. I can see now that this will not happen. I cannot stop the hurt that my child must be going through and I cannot provide those opportunities either. Everything I stand for is put down.

The only thing I can hope and pray for is that one day this criminal activity stops of the alienating parent. Now if the courts would understand that this is criminal and alienation is abuse.