My story is an extreme example of Parent Alienation: When I was four years old, my father discovered my mother’s affair and in a fit of rage he through her out of our home. My mother, crushed by the force of my father’s control, did not fight for the custody of my sister and me, but rather slipped away quietly. Traumatized, but afraid to upset my volatile father, I submitted to his plan to erase my mother from my life.
Writing: I am the process of completing my memoir, which is my story of the decades long estrangement from my mother, and how we’ve come to reunite. Excerpts of my memoir have been picked up by Brain, Child and the Huffington Post (among other publications).
Speaking: My story took first place at a 2015 Moth Story Slam in Boston and I went on to retell it at the GrandSLAM in March of 2016.
I also speak at events that serve to bring awareness to the domestic abuse and psychological child abuse that has been coined “parent alienation”.
My heart’s desire is to be a voice for the children, and to empower mothers (and dads) to reclaim the children who love them. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.