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A day for alienated children

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

How ironic that this year Parental Alienation Awareness Day falls the day after Easter Sunday and right in the middle of Passover — two holidays known for bringing families together.

Targeted parents who won’t be with their alienated children on the holidays this year can join other parents and children for the 6th Annual Parental Alienation Awareness Day on April 25. Events are scheduled in communities in 22 different countries. These family-friendly events include local dignitaries reading proclamations supporting parental alienation awareness, information tables and free brochures with details about about local parental alienation support groups and resources, and “Bubbles of Love,” a synchronized bubble blowing exercise.

The goal of Parental Alienation Awareness Day is to educate the public, legislators and legal and mental health professionals about parental alienation; a destructive family dynamic affecting countless children, parents and extended family members every year. In parental alienation one parent damages, and in some cases destroys, the previously normal, healthy relationship between a child and the child’s other parent.

“It’s bad enough that children have to pay the price when their parents divorce,” says Mike Jeffries, author of A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation. “Parents should assure the children that both Mom and Dad still love them and will continue to take care of them — not drag the kids into the middle of the adult conflict and force them to choose sides.” 

Jeffries indicated that he will participate in the Parental Alienation Awareness Day Candlelight Vigil beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Capital Building in Hartford, Connecticut. For more information about this event contact Ken Krajewski at 860-881-6311.

You can find information on other Parental Alienation Awareness Day events at

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

Parents Rule! encore

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

If you missed Mike Jeffries, author of A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienationon on the Parents Rule! radio show, now is your chance to find out what you missed.

Join Jeffries as he discusses Parental Alienation Awareness Day, coping tips for targeted parents, and a whole lot more with Parents Rule! host Pat Montgomery. The one hour program was originally broadcast on April 15, 2010 on Americas Web Radio and Radio Sandy Springs. Listen to the podcast (.mp3)

Parental alienation awareness has its own day

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

There are all sorts of official days on the calendar.

Every January 19th we’re asked to celebrate National Popcorn Day. April 16th is set aside for Stress Awareness Day. Mother Goose has her own day on May 1st. Even catfish, thanks to a proclamation signed by catfish-loving President Ronald Reagan in 1987, get June 25th to call their own.

At A Family’s Heartbreak we love popcorn, we’re opposed to stress of any kind, and we would never say a bad word about Mother Goose. We don’t even mind catfish having their own day, even though we’re more partial to salmon. I’m sure if we would have budgeted more than five minutes for research we would have discovered that there is a National Salmon Day too.

However there is one day that deserves to stand apart from days acknowledging snack foods, nursery rhymes and fresh water fish. Parental Alienation Awareness Day is April 25. This is the fifth consecutive year that parents, friends and family members will gather on April 25 and bring attention to parental alienation — a destructive family dynamic that is destroying countless loving, parent/child relationships all over the world.  On April 25 from Boston to Brazil, London to Los Angeles, and Singapore to Sydney, people will light candles, blow bubbles and share their heartbreaking stories — all to educate elected officials, legal and mental health professionals about a mental health issue that should not be ignored or mischaracterized any longer.

Contrary to what many damaged people and zealous advocates on the web would have you believe, parental alienation is not another name for pedophilia. Parental alienation is also not a legal strategy designed to allow an abusive parent to continue beating up on the kids. Finally, parental alienation is not the latest get-rich-quick-scheme from consultants and authors who are often accused of trying make money off the backs of people who are at their most financially vulnerable. 

Parental alienation is the unhealthy byproduct of one parent’s fear of abandonment. These fears often date back to childhood. When a parent with these fears faces divorce or separation they need a child to take over for the exiting spouse or partner and keep those abandonment fears away. The parent pulls the child into the adult conflict and makes his or her fears the child’s fears. It doesn’t take long for a child, looking for security in a world where his or her parents are no longer working together to take care of the child’s needs, to form a very unhealthy, co-dependent relationship with the alienating parent. There is little room for the previously-loved other parent in the child’s new world. 

At its core, parental alienation is about the alienating parent and child’s fears, and the child’s loyalty to the alienating parent. That reminds me, Loyalty Day is also May 1st.

Basil & Spice highlights Awareness Day

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Mike Jeffries, author of A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation, has a new blog entry on Basil & Spice at In this month’s entry Jeffries promotes Parental Alienation Awareness Day and explains why parents alienate children from the children’s other parent.

“The broad readership of Basil & Spice is an ideal way to tell people about Parental Alienation Awareness Day on April 25, 2010,” Jeffries explains. “I can’t think of a better way to raise awareness of parental alienation than to participate in one of the many events going on in countries around the world. After all, awareness leads to education and education leads to change,” he added.

For more information on Parental Alienation Awareness Day you can visit

Parents Rule! tackles parental alienation

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

Mike Jeffries, author of A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation, joins the Parents Rule! radio program on Thursday, April 15 from 2-3 p.m. EST on Radio Sandy Springs and Americas Web Radio. 

“Parents Rule! is recognizing Parental Alienation Awareness Day on April 25 by devoting its April 15 show to the topic of parental alienation. I’m thrilled to join host Pat Montgomery and raise the visibility of an issue that affects countless children, parents and extended family members every year,” Jeffries said.

The Parents Rule! radio show is for parents of all ages and offers the information parents need and the encouragement they crave. Listeners can hear the program live on or Listeners can also call in and ask questions by dialing 404-943-1620. The show is also podcast on iTunes by browsing Parents Rule.  
Pat Montgomery is the author of Now You Know What I Know: Parenting Wisdom of a Grandmother. Montgomery’s website is

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