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Living Through Parental Alienation

November 16, 2016

I spoke recently with a parent whose children were caught in the middle of an access battle and access wasn’t happening. The parent withdrew. This is contrary to many other parents’ thinking that they have to give their all.

The parent told me that if someone gave space for peace when also a kid going though a parental separation, things would have been easier. The parent appreciated the experience therefore of their own kids.

The children later went on to have an adult relationship with the alienated parent. Things were different once grown up and they were making independent decisions.

From this perspective, this parent is not giving up, but giving space for peace. “Space for peace” – that’s exactly what the parent called it.

Space for peace.

I am Gary Direnfeld and I am a social worker. Check out all my services and then call me if you need help with a personal issue, mental health concern, child behavior or relationship issue. I am available in person and by Skype.

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Gary Direnfeld is a social worker. Courts in Ontario, Canada, consider him an expert in social work, marital and family therapy, child development, parent-child relations and custody and access matters. Gary is the host of the TV reality show, Newlywed, Nearly Dead, parenting columnist for the Hamilton Spectator and author of Marriage Rescue: Overcoming the ten deadly sins in failing relationships. Gary maintains a private practice in Dundas and Georgina Ontario, providing a range of services for people in distress. He speaks at conferences and workshops throughout North America.

If your relationship is faltering, then set it as your priority.

Read: Marriage Rescue: Overcoming ten deadly sins in failing relationships

  1. This happens both ways – sometimes (and more often because they have custody) it’s the mother alienating the child from the father. I experienced some of this and wrote about it in my book, Access Denied by David E. Gates​.

  2. Reblogged this on David E. Gates and commented:
    I experienced some of this and wrote about it in my book, Access Denied by David E. Gates​.

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