Knowledge is Power
Healthy minds want to fix things, unhealthy minds do not. Stop blaming yourselves for things you have not caused. If you did not cause this, then you alone cannot fix this campaign of denigration and domestic violence against you.
Focus first on your adult child. In the vast majority of cases, they still do love you; there is a connection of the heart. They may not behave as such, or realize this at this time. Knowing this will help you to find the courage to forge ahead.
It is because your grandchildren do not want you to give up on them, that you will persevere as best you can. Perseverance is an indication of success. It is also okay to take a break; taking a break does not mean you are giving up.
At AGA support group meetings, grandparents can now share their thoughts and feelings with other targeted grandparents who “get it.”
Discovering that you are not suffering this devastating roller-coaster of emotional trauma alone, is HUGE. Empathy from those who have experienced the same level of frustration and despair can counter the belief that one has been singled out for such suffering. At AGA meetings, grandparents want to share their stories. Each is unique, though common threads bind them. Each story holds valuable significance. Each experience defines and teaches.
Through the realization of the complex dynamics of Grandparent Alienation, grandparents can become empowered. AGA offers suggestions from the advice of international experts who have shared their knowledge with AGA, from AGA professional surveys, and from communications with many thousands of grandparents who have been severely limited or denied access to their grandchildren. AGA collaborates with the leading experts in the fields of mental health, law, and religion. Understanding the complexities of alienation helps grandparents. Educate yourselves. Knowing helps you cope better and enables you to form a strategy and follow your plans for a hopeful reconciliation.