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Court should help problem parents' kids

I FULLY agree with the views expressed by Mr Nur Suhardi Mohamed in his letter,  Ensure children with family problems get help they need” (my paper, Nov 5).

When a divorced or separated parent talks negatively about the other parent and  ries to turn the child against him or her, this is akin to putting children through mental and emotional abuse.

This could traumatise them when they are compelled to sever ties with the other parent with whom they might have had a good bond.

They may also sink into depression as a result of constant fear and the pressure  placed on them by the selfish parent. In especially unfortunate cases when parents  are going through a divorce, the children might even be threatened or brainwashed  into making biased remarks during counselling sessions.

As the proceedings of such sessions are not confidential and can be included in reports, what children say could have an impact on their life.

It is unthinkable for a child to pass his or her childhood bereft of affection and the  presence of a loving parent.

The Family Court should do something about children who are being manipulated by
parents for selfish purposes.

Mr Arthur Cheng

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readers' comments
The Centre For Fathering at Toa Payoh is organising an upcoming discussion session on 6th Aug evening for all parents having problems with access to their children. Anyone who is interested can contact them to find out more.

Do help to spread the word if you know of any parents who needs help and support in this area.

Alfred Christensen
Posted by alfredch on Wed, 22 Jul 2009 at 01:47 AM

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