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Dr. Regina M. Baldwin
Aug 05, 2021
In General Discussion
As a Christian Life Coach and Pastor - after almost 2 decades in ministry and helping people who have walked through heinous types of trauma; I still believe there are very few circumstances that are as devastating as parental alienation. I had been a single mother since I was 17 years old. I had raised my son as a single mother with little to no support. I thought juggling work, college, playdates, sports, homework, and lack of child support and his father's involvement was as bad as things could get. Single parenting was hard but there was never a moment in time that I regretted being a mother. Motherhood was my identity. We were each other's family. As challenging as those years were, I can only recall wonderful memories that my son and I shared during that season until I remarried at 28. If I'm honest, I assumed that a parent who lost their child or was victim to a Child Protective Services investigation must have committed a grievous act of child abuse or neglect. After all, my imagination could not grasp why a child would ever reject a relationship with a loving parent. was estranged or didn't have custody let a lone a relationship with their child(ren) must have committed a grievous act of child abuse or neglect for their child to discard their parental relationship like it was a dirty piece of gum stuck that got stuck on someone's shoe. is nothing that compares to the devastating and unending grief and sorrow that Until I became alienated from two of my children over 23 years ago, if I'm honest with you I wasn't very different than most people. I assumed a parent must have committed a grievous act of child abuse or neglect for loss of such a vitally important relationship to be lost. precious relationship like many people and even professionals I believed that only really bad parents lost their children. I had my first son at 16 years old and became a Navy wife for a brief period of time. Christopher was born one month after my 17th birthday in Portmouth, VA. His father remarried shortly after our divorce and started a new family. I remember how upset I was that his father wanted little to do with him and how all the responsibility of parenting fell on my shoulders. Little did I know something much worse was possible. After going back to college and working full time for a decade, I remarried when I turned 28.
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Dr. Regina M. Baldwin
Aug 05, 2021
In General Discussion
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