Here’s Nancy: Parental alienation is a problem that most often arises when parents engage in bitter and extended child custody litigation.
Although intense feelings of anger and mistrust are common when parents are beginning to transition from the tidal wave of emotions surrounding divorce into a co-parenting relationship, most parents experience less anger and anxiety over time as they make efforts to co-parent in a way that is healthier and more productive for the children..) In severe cases, parent alienation results in the child’s complete rejection of the target parent.
When Esther shared her experience with parental alienation and how her ex used religion against her, I commented that I could see how she would be puzzled by her children’s behavior, wondering if it was real, wondering what exactly she had done to warrant the rejection, wondering what her ex and others had said to have such an impact.
Sometimes parental alienation can start off quite benign but the seeds are planted and the indoctrination grows.
He looks at me with a “heels dug in” kind of glare.