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My son begged me to stay, and when I said no, he asked why. It is important to differentiate between a pattern of mistreatment and isolated lapses of judgment, between a cause of the alienation and a desperate, helpless, ultimately inadequate response. Or, the problem can be nipped in the bud when the court makes it clear that a child's irrational avoidance of a parent, with the other parent's blessing, will not be tolerated. That shows up nowhere on the regular site Camp Wannasew We host 2 delightfully fun Stitching Weekends every year!

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Severe alienation is not a situation, as one attorney argued, where children merely love one parent a lot more than the other parent. These children harbor strong and irrational aversion toward a parent with whom they formerly enjoyed a close relationship. The aversion may take the form of fear, hatred, or both. In some cases, when trivial complaints fail to accomplish the goal of severing contact with a parent, favored parents and children lodge accusations of abuse. They seem unable to summon up positive memories or perceptions about the rejected parent, and have difficulty reporting negative aspects or experiences with the favored parent.

They rewrite the history of their relationship with the rejected parent to erase pleasant moments. By contrast, physically abused children often try to maintain a positive image of the abusive parent. They cling to positive memories of being nurtured by, and having fun with, their abuser.

With children who are severely and irrationally alienated, critical thinking about parents is nowhere in evidence. One of the most pernicious signs of unreasonable alienation is what I call hatred by association—the spread of hatred to people and even objects associated with the rejected parent, such as members of the extended family, therapists, and pets.

They learn that it displeases one parent when they show signs of connection and affection with the other parent. Often they refer to the rejected parent by first name or with a term of derision, rather than as Mom or Dad. Alienation and estrangement are sometimes defined as synonyms, but the dictionary distinguishes the two according to whether the person has contact with the object of alienation. Alienated children show contempt and withdraw affection while still in contact with the parent often not by choice.

Estranged children are physically apart from a parent in addition to the emotional separation that characterizes alienation. The words carry no connotation about the extent to which the state of being apart, either emotionally alienation or physically estrangement is realistic, rational, and reasonable. For instance, we must distinguish a child who feels more resonance and rapport with one parent than with the other, from the child who actively, harshly, and consistently rejects the other parent.

My article on Misdiagnosis of Parental Alienation Syndrome discusses this more fully. One source of confusion in nomenclature is the fact that in the English language the terms alienation and estrangement can refer to a noun — the state of a relationship — and they can refer to a verb, the act or process of alienating someone.

For instance, social alienation refers to the state of a person feeling alienated from society. As with many words in our language, the context in which the word appears makes clear what we mean. Parental alienation can refer to the state of a child being alienated from a parent. The same term denotes two related concepts. We can view this as a problem, or accept it as a feature of the English language and rely on context to clarify the intended meaning. Ontario Justice Quinn favors the dictionary approach proposed above, as opposed to redefining familiar terms.

My reference to parental alienation is merely factual and reflects the ordinary dictionary meaning of the words: Nearly all childhood emotional and behavior problems are multi-layered, and parent-child conflicts are no exception. When these behaviors are deliberate, and result, or have the potential to result, in significant psychological harm to the child, mental health professionals refer to this as child psychological abuse.

Some parents do a good job of harnessing the emotions unleashed by divorce. Most parents understand the importance of keeping kids out of the middle and they do a fairly good job of honoring this responsibility.

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Hang in there, we're keeping it cool for you Snow is falling, the mountains are calling and the drinks are on us. Winter is just around the corner and if you book onto one of our December luxury coach departures this week and you will receive 50 euros bar credit. This includes departures over Christmas, Twixmas and New Year! So why the difference in price? Well, a couple of things. I guess which plan makes more sense for you is going to depend on how much you value the frozen foods and the counseling.

Because theoretically, you could buy the basic meal and simply take off on the weekends if that is what you wanted to do. Other than the omission of the frozen items, the food choices are similar. There are not separate foods for the weekend plan. The menu is not vastly different other than the frozen items. If your main criteria is cost and value, you are getting more value for your money with the basic plan because you are getting more food for less money.