Amanda Sillars has the lived experience of being alienated from her mother during childhood and then alienated from her children in adulthood, now reunified. She has helped countless individuals affected by parental alienating behaviours through her support group and advocacy. Amanda is at the tail end of a degree in psychological science and a degree in counselling at Griffith University.
Amanda is the founder of the Eeny Meeny Miney Mo Foundation and the creator of the Australian Parental Alienation Awareness Day, which is on the 12th of October. Amanda is regularly consulted as an emerging expert in this field. Amanda's goal, and that of the Eeny Meeny Miney Mo Foundation, is to educate parents, Family Court and mental health practitioners on the real and present phenomenon, which is parental alienation, particularly the trauma, stress, and lifelong impact it has on alienated children.
"Being alienated from my mum affected every aspect of my life. I’ve experienced the grief of many losses. I lost my mum. I lost contact with my mum’s side of the family. My dad moved me interstate and overseas, so I lost everything familiar. I felt I had no direction. I couldn’t see myself in the future and I didn’t know where I fitted into this world…I had ongoing emotional pain, not knowing where it was coming from…[I later lost] my mum to suicide, then later in life I was alienated from my own children. The most difficult part was no one around me understood what I was going through." - Amanda Sillars
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Parental Alienating Behaviours are Child Abuse & Family Violence
This serious form of abuse and family violence can no longer be ignored. Parental alienating behaviours must be acknowledged in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. We need legislation that not only acknowledges its existence but firmly and clearly legislates against it.