Archive for December, 2010

Alienated parents champions, not victims

Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

If you’ve read A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation, you probably remember that we consider driving a car one of those simple daily activities that can turn an alienated parent’s day upside down. 

For most people, driving a car is a way to go from Point A to Point B. But alienated parents have their eyes on the road and their brains in the past. The longer the drive, the more an alienated parent’s thoughts can drift back to the relationship that was wrongfully stolen away. By the time an alienated parent arrives at his or her destination the anger, sadness, hopelessness, frustration and unfairness of parental alienation can potentially turn the parent’s mood and outlook from sunny and bright to dark and bleak.

Yesterday I was driving and thinking about my alienated son. Another year has passed without any change in our relationship. But before I could take that destructive stroll down parental alienation memory lane, We are the Champions by Queen, came on the radio. For the first time I listened to the lyrics not as an anthem for a championship team, but as an anthem for alienated parents:

I’ve paid my dues
Time after time
I’ve done my sentence
But committed no crime
And bad mistakes
I’ve made a few
I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face
But I’ve come through
We are the champions, my friends
And we’ll keep on fighting – till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers
Cause we are the champions – of the world.

Alienated parents are champions, not victims. Keep on fighting for your alienated children. You are the champions of parental alienation and the world.

Happy holidays from A Family’s Heartbreak, LLC.

A holiday shopping list for alienated parents

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

There are only ten days left before Christmas. Still shopping? 

If you are an alienated parent struggling to find gifts for the people in your life you’ve come to the right place. The following gifts are affordable and don’t require shipping. As an added service, we’ve even matched the best gifts to the most deserving recipients.

Forgiveness — for the alienating parent.

Tolerance — for parental alienation critics.

Knowledge — for legal and mental health professionals who don’t understand alienation.

Respect — for people trying to make sense of a situation that doesn’t make sense.

Understanding — for friends who don’t know what to say.

Empathy and Support — for other people struggling with parental alienation.

Charity — for non-profit organizations working on the behalf of alienated parents and children.

Patience — for parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins. They’re hurting too.

Attention — for your spouse or significant other. Don’t take him or her for granted.

Unconditional Love — for your alienated children. They are hurting just as much as you are.

A Good Example — for your non-alienated children.

A Break — for yourself. Parental alienation is not a referendum on you or your parenting. You don’t deserve parental alienation. Neither does your children.

Hope — for yourself and your children. Keep hoping. Keep trying. Anyone can give up, it’s easy to do. But to hold it together when everyone would understand if you fell apart, that’s hope.

Support the PAAO this holiday season

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

In difficult economic times the non-profit organizations are hit the hardest. Big donors donate less, and the casual donors often can’t afford to donate anything at all.

The  Parental Alienation Awareness Organization (PAAO) helps alienated parents get through the holidays with empathy and support. The PAAO is also focused on the future, and is busy creating programs for 2011 and beyond that will raise awareness of parental alienation and help other families avoid the pain and heartbreak of this destructive family dynamic.

A Family’s Heartbreak LLC. is hoping you will include the PAAO in your holiday giving plans this year. A $20 donation will help the PAAO move forward with its advocacy initiatives. Can you please make a donation today? You can donate at

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