Parental Alienation Awareness Day is an annual American holiday devoted to the so-called parental alienation syndrome. It affects children whose families are in constant quarrels and discord, or whose parents are divorced. It is always a great stress for the child when mom and dad leave them, and this can have a negative impact on their further development. It is celebrated on April 25 in the United States, Canada and Bermuda.
The history of Parental Alienation Awareness Day begins in 2005, when Canadian Sarvi Emo came up with the initiative. Her proposal was later supported by various organizations involved in monitoring child abuse, homelessness, etc.
Parental alienation is a form of child abuse. It can take many forms. One parent may turn the child against the other parent, or the spouses are divorced and one parent forbids the other parent to see the child. There are many examples, but the essence is common. The child stops feeling loved and needed, and becomes lonely because of the parents’ personal struggles. This is fraught with the danger of running away from home, associating with dangerous companies, and more. Discord between parents is a potential danger to the child’s life.
- If, as a result of one parent leaving the family, the other parent makes no effort to work with the child, then 80% of them will need psychological help to get rid of various complexes and problems for a successful future life.
- Parental alienation in the majority of cases is observed in dysfunctional families.
- Discord in the family can cause the following problems in a child: inferiority complex, depression, uncontrollable outbursts of anger, the appearance of suicidal thoughts, etc.
How to celebrate
Learn more about the problem of parental alienation. Discuss it with other users who have families. If they have a single-parent family, find out how much a single parent is included in the work of raising a child. You can also give financial and material support to orphanages.
When Parental Alienation Awareness Day celebrated in 2024?
Parental Alienation Awareness Day is observed on April 25 each year.