by Jayne A. Major, Ph. D.
Please answer unconditionally.
This is strictly for your own benefit.
If you answered "YES" to any of these questions, you need to evaluate to what extent you are engaging in parental alienation.
Children need to be free to love both parents. If you don't like the other parent or feel that they are inappropriate for your child, you need to solve the problem without resorting to destroying that child's relationship with this parent. Your child can make up his or her own mind about how much they love or even like the other parent without being unduly influenced by you.
Obsessed parent alienators will stop at nothing to damage or even sever a child's relationship with a parent. This is a serious form of child abuse where a child is not allowed to have loving feelings for the targeted parent, or his or her extended family and friends. These people represent half of the child's heritage. Most parents "slip up" once in a while, however, parents who really care about their child's best interest will do all they can to keep their children out of the middle and allow them to love both parents.
The best parent is both parents.
Jayne A. Major, Ph.D. is the founder of Breakthrough Parenting Services, Inc. and the author of Breakthrough Parenting: Moving Your Family from Struggle to Cooperation. She is nationally recognized as an award-winning expert in family education and parental alienation. She can be reached at (310) 823-7846. Visit her websites at www.breakthroughparentingonline.com and www.stopparentalalienation.org.
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