Default Shared Parenting: Making It Work For The Kids.

Default Shared Parenting: Making It Work For The Kids.

July 17, 2019 by Ginger Gentile, National Parents Organization Deputy Director

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“It was just easier not to see her.”

“They left it up to me if I wanted a relationship with my dad.”

“My dad hates my mom. My brother hates my mom, and I can’t see either of them.”

For my upcoming documentary, Erasing Family, I interviewed children who had a parent erased from their lives after divorce. These children were suffering from divided loyalties and torn between two parents. In talking with so many children who have lost contact with a loving, fit parent after divorce, a pattern emerged. So profound is their need for stability that they will decide not to talk to a parent for years, even decades, in an attempt to keep the peace and love of the parent they have. These children are desperate to avoid conflict, which caused them to run away from the “other” parent.

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