Do you get the feeling that your co-parent is trying to drive a wedge between you and your child? If so, you are not alone. Plenty of recent divorcees go through this. It is parental alienation, and as the alienated parent, it can cause you a lot of strife.
It can harm your child, too. Because of that, you want to keep an eye out for potential warning signs that your child is going through this troubling experience.
Psychiatric Times examines parental alienation and its impact on families. Sufferers of parental alienation often show signs quickly. The severity of these signs often reflect the level of parental alienation they experience. For example, some alienating parents pull out all the stops. They do everything they can to turn your child against you as fast as possible. To reach this goal, they will lie, manipulate and gaslight your child.
Thus, you may see changes in their personality. They might show signs of anxiety, stress and tension. They could grow snappish and easily irritated. Some may display bursts of temper. Others could withdraw socially and become quiet or depressed.
Changes in 1 on 1 interaction
They often change the way they interact with you, too. Children in the process of indoctrination often react poorly to your presence. They may reject spending time with you. In earlier stages, they will likely warm up once they have been in your care for a while. Other children may develop such a strong aversion that they refuse any form of positive interaction with you.
You may also notice them parroting information they had no way of knowing without your co-parent telling them. In some cases, they may even speak outright lies. If you notice these things happening, consider contacting a legal expert. Together, you can decide on a best course of action.