Pennsylvania parents like you often work hard to maintain a balance after your divorce. After all, you still want to provide a stable life for your child. But sometimes, personal feelings can get in the way of you doing that.
It is often personal feelings that lead to parental alienation. But can you pick up on the signs before it gets out of hand?
First flag of parental alienation
The Psychiatric Times examine parental alienation and the potential signs that may give it away. First, you must understand what parental alienation is. It happens when your co-parent tries to intentionally drive a wedge between you and your child. They often use manipulative tactics to do so. This is why the courts classify parental alienation as a potential type of child psychological abuse.
The first red flag you should watch for involves your child’s willingness to spend time with you. Children who suffer through parental alienation often develop a sudden and extreme aversion to you. In this case, you will likely see your child deny wanting to spend time with you. They may try to do anything they can to get out of visitations. When questioned, they do not have a good reason for behaving in this way.
Levels of intensity
Some cases of parental alienation are not quite as extreme. Your child may initially express reluctance to spend time with you. However, after warming up, they enjoy their stay at your place. The process may repeat itself any time they leave and come back.
It is important to act quickly if you notice potential signs of parental alienation. The sooner you act, the sooner you can take action to prevent further damage.