Court with with an Alienator – A Charlie Brown Perspective

Last Halloween I watched, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.” The Great Pumpkin came out in 1966 and I hadn’t watched it since I was a child. What really impacted me watching it this time was the famous “Football Gag.” If you’ve watched any of the Charlie Brown TV Specials, you know this scene–Charlie Brown goes to kick the football, Lucy pulls the football away and Charlie Brown lands on his back in pain. Charles Schulz, the writer of the comic strip Peanuts, has many variations on this “Football Gag” and you can read all about it here at the¬†Peanuts Wiki. I didn’t even know it was called a “gag” until I started writing this piece. I don’t think it is very funny. I would call it bullying. In the Great Pumpkin version of the Football Gag, Charlie Brown refuses to kick the ball until Lucy signs an agreement “testifying” that she will not pull the ball away. Of course, Lucy pulls the ball away and its the same old story. Lucy excuses her contract violation by finding a loophole and she tells Charlie Brown that the agreement wasn’t notarized. Many, many parents go to the courts to try and get help to just see their children. These parents generally receive signed agreements from the courts–signed by the courts and also the other parent. Then, when it comes time to try and see their children, there always seems to be some loophole, some reason that these parents are not allowed… Read moreCourt with with an Alienator – A Charlie Brown Perspective

Book Review – Sabotaged by Ryan Thomas

I am excited to review the book “Sabotaged – 3 Hidden Weapons of Parental Alienation” by Ryan Thomas. Ryan made a big splash in late 2014 when he started posting videos and telling his story as an alienated child. Ryan now runs on-line classes to help parents work to reconnect with their alienated children. By all accounts and by the videos of Ryan that I’ve watched, Ryan knows what he is talking about and has good suggestions for parents of alienation. You can learn more about Ryan at his webpage or his Facebook page: Ryan Thomas Speaks Ryan Thomas on Facebook In late 2015, Ryan wrote his book Sabotaged. You can buy his book (for $9) here: Ryan Thomas’ book Sabotaged I really enjoyed reading Ryan’s book. It is a relatively short book (about 90 pages) and an easy read (I read it in part of one evening). At the end of Sabotaged, Ryan describes the goal of this book: “My goal is that this helps you [the alienated parent]¬†identify ‘why’ and ‘how’ the alienator has sabotaged your relationship.” I’m not sure Ryan addressed the “why” but I’m not sure I care about why (the “why” is probably because the alienator is a sick individual). Ryan absolutely nails “how” an alienator sabotages a parental relationship and Ryan absolutely nails “why” an alienated child acts in the way they act. If you want to know what alienation is like from a child’s perspective, you should definitely read this book. If you… Read moreBook Review – Sabotaged by Ryan Thomas