In the time after a divorce, you may notice the way your children act around you changes. They may become more withdrawn and aggressive, which can leave you wondering why this is happening.
Parental alienation is a serious issue that occurs when an ex-spouse deliberately tries to turn your children against you. Learning more about the signs of this problem can help you if you feel your relationship with your children worsening.
According to Psychology Today, an alienating parent can try to influence how your children think about you without you knowing. This can include telling them personal details about the divorce or your life, especially information that is not appropriate for young children to hear.
You may notice your children expressing more and more extreme opinions about you, including blaming you for the divorce or saying they do not remember any good times with you. This sudden change in opinion may be a sign of alienation.
An alienating parent may attempt to stop children from using technology to communicate with you. This can include restricting cell phone usage or the ability to send emails or other messages to you.
Not only can this lead to you missing important information, like knowing when parent-teacher conferences are or when your children have doctor’s visits, but it can also lead to a weaker bond between you and your children.
Your ex-spouse may teach your children to ignore what you tell them to do. This means your children begin to misbehave more and will not stop when you try to discipline them. Parental alienation affects children as well as parents, so knowing what it looks like can help you put a stop to it.