Parent alienation is a dynamic where a child is significantly influenced by one parent (typically referred to the “favored” parent) to completely reject the other parent (often known as the “unfavored” parent). Children are literally placed in a situation where they must view one parent as all bad and one parent as all good. This dynamic leaves no space for a child to love both parents. Given that children view themselves as half Mom and half Dad, the end result is that the child is forced to deny or reject a significant part of themselves.
Sam talked with Missy and stressed that it’s important for Zack to be with both sides of his family because he is half Baker and half Smith. Missy told Sam he was wrong. She said Zack is clearly “90% Smith and 10% Baker.”