Male aged 10 – Struggling to manage emotions with regard to his parents’ separation and his Dad’s new relationship. Mum has previously experienced Domestic Abuse (DA) from Dad but they have since been able to co-parent successfully. Mom and Dad have shared custody but mom has noticed that her son appears withdrawn following visits at Dads.
I love my mom and my dad, and I like that I get to spend time with them both a lot. When Dad met his new girlfriend things changed and suddenly Mom and Dad didn’t seem like they could agree on anything. Dad’s girlfriend was nice sometimes, but I didn’t like that she would tell me that my mom didn’t love me or that I wasn’t good at the things I liked. Over time, things got worse and she started to tell me and my Dad that my Mom wasn’t a good mom and she would criticise everything that I said or did. This made me really sad and lonely at times. Dad didn’t do anything and seemed like he just wanted to make her happy.
One day I was so sad to go to my Dad’s after school that I told my teacher how I was feeling.