Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) develops in a child when one parent poisons the child’s attitude toward the other parent, usually during or after the dissolution of the parents’ relationship.
Children develop PAS when used as pawns in a war between their parents. Symptoms include anger, behavior problems and rejection of the alienated parent.
The biggest loser in this scenario is the child, according to Kathy Hardie-Williams in her article on the topic (see below for the link).
If you were encouraged as a child by one of your parents to reject the other, I’d like to hear from you.
Is it possible to re-establish a connection to the rejected parent as an adult?
If so, what did you (or they) do to break the ice?
Please either post in the Comments section or email me directly.
My Gmail address is TinaGilbertson.
Here’s Kathie’s informative article, complete with a list of to-do’s for alienated parents:
When One Parent Alienates a Child from the Other Parent