Hostile Parenting Essay

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I am writing about an issue that occurs within broken families and is a form of child abuse. This little known form of abuse is called Hostile Parenting, formally called Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS). Hostile Parenting is a group of behaviors that are damaging to the children’s mental and emotional well-being and can interfere with a relationship between the child and either parent. These behaviors most often accompany high conflict marriages, separation and divorce. The behaviors whether verbal or nonverbal, cause a child to be mentally manipulated or bullied into believing a loving parent is the cause of all their problems, or the enemy to be feared, hated, disrespected and avoided. Hostile parenting deprives children of their right to be loved by, and showing love for both of their parents. It is a severe form of child abuse, which puts the children in fear of their own parent. The child living in such an abusive environment is taught hatred, which will affect them for the rest of their lives. Hostile Parenting destroys a loving relationship between a parent and a child, in a way that affects the child in all aspects of their life. The child is being abused and manipulated; they feel fear and dread, anxiety and a virtual phobia when the requesting parent wants to spend any time with them. They see nothing good or positive about the parent who the child is being targeted against. At this time, I am personally that other parent. My own child and I are victims of Parental Alienation i.e. Hostile Parenting, so severely that it has destroyed my relationship with my daughter, my only child. It is devastating for the parent that it is happening too. Our society doesn’t know what it is, or what to do about it. The police don’t want to get involved because it is a “domestic issue.” Many family problems are still kept behind closed doors and left for

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