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Alec Baldwin’s rant–it’s not just a celebrity issue

Posted by Dr. Susan on April 28, 2007

Yes, it was horrifying and we heard it so many times played over and over!! But as the author of a book for divorcing parents on exactly this topic–Mommy or Daddy: Whose Side am I on?–I feel compelled to point out that there is, I’m sure another side to this story. Not that it excuses Baldwin, it doesn’t! However, undoubtedly Basinger released the awful tape–at the expense of her poor daughter–just to get back at Baldwin. What kind of mothering is that. Furthermore, it’s likely that she doesn’t make sure that Ireland remembers to call her dad when she’s supposed to and perhaps she even goes out of her way to sabotage the relationships between father and daughte. She may even make Ireland feel guilty for wanting to have a relationship with Baldwin, putting the child in the uncomfortable position of having to choose between her parents. This desribes the Parental Alienation Syndrome that Baldwin claims to be the victim of–and perhaps he is. It doesn’t exucse his phone message, but if he feels rejected, hurt and abandoned by his daughter, at least it explains it a bit. In fact,  in many non-celebrity families parents fight using their children as weapons against each other. Children are damaged for life by this. If you’re one of these parents, take a minute to think about it–acting in the best interest of your child should govern every move you make, no matter how angry you are, or how vindictive you feel. Your child needs both parents, even if you’re done with your ex-spouse.

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