CANGRANDS NATIONAL KINSHIP
RR# 1 Mc Arthurs Mills, Ontario, K0L2M0
Many fathers and a few mothers know all about Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) – The term parental alienation syndrome (PAS), first described by Richard Gardner, is also sometimes referred to as “brainwashing.”(1) Its concept and dynamics include a complex network of involvement and motives on the part of all members acting in this family drama.
However few folks put together that grandparents are heartbroken and sick with grief over not being ‘allowed’ to see their grandchild(ren) too. …these grandparents are being GASED!
Advocates of grandparents’ rights take positions including the following:
- Grandparents may provide a stabilizing role in their grandchildren’s lives, particularly after a divorce or crisis (such as the death of a parent).
- Where grandparents have been involved in a child’s life, it can be traumatic to the child to suddenly be denied access.
- The mere fact that parents are divorced, or the grandparents’ child dies or is incarcerated, should not automatically serve to grant the custodial parent the right to sever a positive relationship between the grandparents and their grandchildren.
- Grandparents are the main link to history and traditions who can be passed on the child and richly add self worth to the child`s life.