Foreword by Dr. Reena SommerChildren enter this world completely dependent upon those — usually their parents — who are entrusted with their care.
Parenting styles and the ability to parent may vary, but most manage this important life task quite successfully. Nevertheless, some children are failed by parents who are incapable of childrearing. Mothers and fathers who are limited by physical or mental disabilities, poor health, alcohol or substance abuse, criminality, poverty, war, or other problems, often lack the ability, and at times even the desire, to invest in their children’s upbringing. Children in these situations are either left to fend for themselves or are cared for by family members, friends and neighbours, or social agencies. But another class of parents has also been found to fail at appropriately protecting, nurturing, educating, and guiding their children. Mothers and fathers in this relatively new and emerging group do not fit the stereotype of the deficient and ill-equipped parent. Instead,
these parents are generally articulate, resourceful, and competent in all other aspects of their lives — except parenting…
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About the AuthorPamela Richardson has been host of The Saturday Show and has worked at Toronto Life Fashion, Vancouver Magazine, and Western Living.
She has written and produced pieces for television and magazines. Today Pamela and her husband David live in Vancouver along with their grown sons Colby and Quinten. She is co vice-chair for the Vancouver Art Gallery. The family is involved with many philanthropic endeavors in the community and globally. The book “A Kidnapped Mind” is her passionate memoir of life with and without her estranged son, Dash. From age five Dash suffered Parental Alienation Syndrome at the hands of his father. Indoctrinated to believe his mother had abandoned him, after years of monitored phone calls and impeded access eight-year-old Dash decided he didn’t want to be “forced” to visit her at all; later he told her he would never see her again if she took the case to court. But he didn’t count on his indefatigable mother’s fierce love.
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If you, or someone you know, has had to deal with the nightmare of Parental Alienation, then this book is a must read. It eloquently and heart breakingly tells the story of how the legal system doesn’t benefit anyone who follows the rules and guidelines. It also accurately describes the emotional rollercoaster that an alienated parent experiences as they watch their adored and loved child(ren) fall prey to the hands of someone who hates their ex-wife more than he loves his child(ren). - Margarethe S. Smith
This book is a must read for all those who deal with children. This book shows how the justice system overlooks the helpless, innocent child. PAS is so alive and growing like a disease all around us. As parents, we need to make sure that all of our struggles are not in vain. - Donna M. Theriot
This book is a must read for anyone going through a divorce. It chronicles one mother’s efforts to stop her ex-husband from alienating her son from her and his ultimate death through suicide. Parental Alienation Syndrome is real, this book proves it, maybe someday the courts will notice it. - Stephanie Watson
Pamela’s case is definitely an example of the worst case scenario of what can happen when a parent manipulates the mind of a child and the judicial system enables this manipulation to continue unrestricted. Written from what had to be dozens of journals and tape recordings, it was so well written that I felt I was re-living her life. I believe it should be required reading for any parent considering divorce because it highlights the monumental impact words have on a developing mind. It should also be required reading for family law attorneys and therapists. - Coach Mom
Thanks to Pamela for sharing her very sad and gut-wrenching story about her and her son Dash. Pamela’s experience clearly shows the extreme frustration alienated parents deal with when trying to convince judges, lawyers and health professionals that their children are the victims of parental alienation. You won’t be able to put this book down. be prepared to cry lots. - Loving Dad
Parental Alienation affects tens of thousands around the world, and the experience damages each and every person who goes through it. This book is an inside look at why.