Hi everyone and welcome to Bristol Grandparents Support Group blog. Although we are Bristol based we have grandparents from all over the UK and beyond as members.

It is estimated that over one million children in the UK are denied contact with their grandparents due to family breakdown which may have been caused by divorce/separation, alcohol/drug dependency,domestic violence,bereavement or family feud.
Every child has the right to have contact with their grandparents
if they wish and unless proven unsafe for them to do so. To deny contact from a parent or grandparent has to become as socially unacceptable as drink driving.
I hope to keep you up to date with what is going on in BGSG and I shall continue to campaign for the rights of children to have a loving and meaningful relationship with both parents and their extended family. So please join in as good to hear your views, not just mine!
I also will support via Skype.
There is no membership fee to be part of Bristol Grandparents Support Group.
Esther Rantzen says, " To every grandparent, links of love can never be broken in our hearts."

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Tuesday, 24 April 2012

April 25th PA Awareness .

Tomorrow is Parental Alienation International Awareness Day, for those of you who have been involved in Parental Alienation will know only too well what it is.
For those of you who unclear, it is a process that can happen when couples separate, when the resident parent takes on the role of alienating the child from the other parent and extended family.
It could be that the resident parent says horrible things about the resident parent and family, a drip feed of negative thoughts ensues.
A child is constantly told that the other parent doesn't love them anymore, and doesn't want anything to do with the child, some children are told that their grandparents have died.
The child, has no way of knowing that information they are being given is not correct, and as a child it is so much easier to agree with the parent they live with, rather than to question it, for questioning it makes it more difficult for them. Arguments can occur and resentment.
So better to say nothing and just agree.
For all parents out there who have or are experiencing this insidious problem of alienation, it is important that you hang in there. You may have decided to back off or fight it, but one day your children will be asking questions and you want to make sure that you are still there for them, as you always were.
Hope is what we have and we need to remember that, and I for one will never give up hope.
The children deserve it.

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