Category Archives: The Families

Anything to do with family members and their experiences – children, parents, extended family, friends.

Domestic & psychological abuse laws – ancient and modern

Parental Alienation has been increasingly recognised to be one of several patterns of harmful coercive abuse. Based in Scotland in the UK, I’ve wondered about how the new domestic or psychological abuse laws apply to Parental Alienation (PA). The law

Domestic & psychological abuse laws – ancient and modern

Parental Alienation has been increasingly recognised to be one of several patterns of harmful coercive abuse. Based in Scotland in the UK, I’ve wondered about how the new domestic or psychological abuse laws apply to Parental Alienation (PA). The law

Long ago, judges judged coercion well. So why not now?

Drawing on Jon Atack’s meticulous research and book A Piece of Blue Sky, Russell Miller wrote the authoritative biography of L Ron Hubbard: Bare-Faced Messiah. Hubbard was founder and head of the Church of Scientology. Scientology is perhaps the greatest example of a

Long ago, judges judged coercion well. So why not now?

Drawing on Jon Atack’s meticulous research and book A Piece of Blue Sky, Russell Miller wrote the authoritative biography of L Ron Hubbard: Bare-Faced Messiah. Hubbard was founder and head of the Church of Scientology. Scientology is perhaps the greatest example of a

When is ‘parent-leaving age’?!

School-leaving age In the U.K. and perhaps everywhere, we talk of ‘school leaving age’. That’s an admirably straightforward statement about the law and general expectation that it’s good for children to go to school until they’re 16. Even then in the

When is ‘parent-leaving age’?!

School-leaving age In the U.K. and perhaps everywhere, we talk of ‘school leaving age’. That’s an admirably straightforward statement about the law and general expectation that it’s good for children to go to school until they’re 16. Even then in the

Alienation: A new clearer big picture

Alienation is the core pattern in a wide range of ‘relationships that take you in and cut you off’ “Bravo! Brilliant!”  This is to announce our new ‘Not sure about alienation?” page. It’s a version of Nick Child’s recent highly

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Alienation: A new clearer big picture

Alienation is the core pattern in a wide range of ‘relationships that take you in and cut you off’ “Bravo! Brilliant!”  This is to announce our new ‘Not sure about alienation?” page. It’s a version of Nick Child’s recent highly

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The truth is stronger in fiction

You. Must. Read. YOU. By Phil Whitaker. Brilliant, innovative, gripping, hellish, unbelievable truth. YOU is driven by honesty, humanity, compassion and love. A guaranteed page-turner. A story of supernatural hope over terrible experience, of understanding and even forgiveness. I won’t say

The truth is stronger in fiction

You. Must. Read. YOU. By Phil Whitaker. Brilliant, innovative, gripping, hellish, unbelievable truth. YOU is driven by honesty, humanity, compassion and love. A guaranteed page-turner. A story of supernatural hope over terrible experience, of understanding and even forgiveness. I won’t say

A theatre critic’s view of Parental Alienation

For decades those who know the scourge of Parental Alienation have fought but failed to raise serious general awareness in a world that is more intent on ignoring it. Parental Alienation is a very serious reality. So that failure is

A theatre critic’s view of Parental Alienation

For decades those who know the scourge of Parental Alienation have fought but failed to raise serious general awareness in a world that is more intent on ignoring it. Parental Alienation is a very serious reality. So that failure is

The abuse of the child’s voice in high conflict separation

Here in Scotland, Relationships Scotland (RS) held an event on the Voice of the Child in Separation and Divorce (June 2017). Professor Jenn McIntosh presented her work. She is a researcher and child inclusive practitioner from Australia. Professionals from a wide range

The abuse of the child’s voice in high conflict separation

Here in Scotland, Relationships Scotland (RS) held an event on the Voice of the Child in Separation and Divorce (June 2017). Professor Jenn McIntosh presented her work. She is a researcher and child inclusive practitioner from Australia. Professionals from a wide range