Ohio parents like you would do anything for your children. This remains true even if you and your co-parent get a divorce. You may agree on custody arrangements. You might also come to agreements on visitation schedules or child support payments. Things may seem to work out in a relative smooth way.
So what do you do if things start to change? What if your child suddenly starts treating you in a different way? Is it normal, or the sign of trouble brewing?
How parental alienation is defined
Healthline looks into the phenomenon known as parental alienation. Parental alienation is a situation or tactic used to distance your child from you. These strategies are not viewed in a kind light. Experts compare them to gaslighting, brainwashing or programming. These tactics are not always easy to identify. In some cases, your co-parent may use mild ones. These slowly infiltrate your child’s perspective.
In other cases, they make no effort to hide their attempts to poison your child against you. Some co-parents will lie without hesitation, claiming you do not love your child or wish to see them. Unfortunately, children are susceptible to believing repetitive statements. Even if these statements do not hold truth, they can still hold sway over your child.
Signs your child is a victim
So how do you tell if your child is a victim of parental alienation? First, take note of their behavior. Have they grown reluctant to visit you, when this was not the case before? Next, seek proof of a co-parent’s tactics. You can also accuse them of this abuse and take them to court over it, if necessary.