Parental alienation occurs when one parent speaks negatively about the other parent in front of the child and basically makes them want to dislike their parent. The parent doing this is called the alienating parent, while the parent being badmouthed is called the targeted parent. Since a child’s mind is easy to influence, such actions can distance the child from the targeted parent.
If you believe your ex-spouse has been speaking ill things about you to your child, it is crucial that you take action before you lose your kid. Your son/daughter deserves to know the truth about you and should not be living in the dark. Consult with an attorney for legal assistance today. Meanwhile, here are some warning signs of parental alienation.
Signs of parental alienation you should not ignore
Telling children details of divorce.
Parents should communicate with their children about their divorce in a positive way to assure them their relationship is not going to be affected after the divorce. In contrast, some parents talk about the divorce as a form of parental alienation. They do this by sharing intimate information with children who are too young to understand, which may even lead to trauma.
Expressing disapproval toward the targeted parent.
In an attempt to become the favored parent, alienating parents often badmouth the targeted parent. Children who get alienated talk to their parents in a demeaning tone, criticize them and deny all the past good experiences they had together.
Using negative body language.
Negative body language can influence children and impact the perspective of how they see the world. Using negative body language by one parent, like folding arms, making angry facial expressions, or eye-rolling may influence the child how they see other parents. It can result in the child mimicking the same body language towards their own parents.
Hostility towards the targeted person’s relatives.
Alienated parenting can affect the child’s behavior towards their family members and can extend to their other relatives as well. The child starts developing hatred towards his former beloved family members like his aunt, cousins, etc. This is not something a child should grow up learning.
Keeping the child away from you.
A parent who stops their child from visiting another parent breaks the rule of custody. Parents often find cunning ways to do this and do not make it obvious like signing the child for an event when he was supposed to spend the day with another parent. This is deliberately depriving the child of their parental love.
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