A Special Seat in Hell

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13 comments on this post.
  1. lisa thomson:

    I couldn’t agree more,Kelly. I’ve been through this very thing. I discuss it in my book as well. You wouldn’t believe how things have changed and evolved since then. Children become adults and see through their own eyes. As the parent who is being attacked it’s important to keep loving the children even if it means ‘tough love’ because you all will get through it. I like the photo :)
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  2. Naked Girl in a Dress:

    “Children become adults and see through their own eyes.”

    Yes, they do. And it never works out for the toxic, ex-bashing parent. Thanks for your words of wisdom on this important topic.

  3. Brook:

    Well said! The impact on children will be felt for many years to come if the parents don’t ‘get it together’ for their sake!
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  4. Naked Girl in a Dress:

    I couldn’t agree with your more, Brook!

  5. Joe:


    I never cease being astonished by the things some people will do to each other, and continue doing over time, rather than just moving on. And when they involve and use the kids as you illustrate here, I become relatively speechless – a rare thing for me, as you may have guessed by now.

    It makes me sad.
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  6. Naked Girl in a Dress:

    It makes me sad and angry, too, Joe, that kids are used like this to get back at another adult. Like I said in my post, I am sure there’s a seat waiting for them in a much warmer climate.

  7. jen:

    I’ve asked myself so many times, what is a parent really thinking, what warped logic justifies telling your babies-the children you gave birth to or fathered and presumably love things that will surely scare them forever?

    My husband got custody many years ago because of this very type of situation. I might add his ex did an immeasurable amount of damage on those weekends. And because he (my husband) wouldn’t engage in the same behavior she targeted the kids and used them as her outlet.

    This is a trauma, a betrayal of trust of the most basic kind and the kids who are victim of parents who do this surely carry the scars into adulthood; this I know because we saw it with our kids.
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  8. Naked Girl in a Dress:

    Thank you for sharing your story, Jen. It is a tragedy, and I am sorry you have had to live with this in your own life.

  9. Marie Nicole:

    It’s a shame when squabbling parents use the children as peons in their “game of thrones”. I had that happen with my parents, and it sure made my life absolutely miserable in my tender teen years.
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  10. Naked Girl in a Dress:

    I am right there with you Marie, which is why I am particularly sensitive seeing it as an adult.

  11. Vinny C:

    It’s selfishness, pure and simple. The parent doing the bad-mouthing isn’t thinking about the relationship their child can have with the other parent, who can still be a positive influence in that child’s life. They are simply trying to have their unresolved anger validated.

  12. Naked Girl in a Dress:

    I agree Vinny. They want to lash out at their ex and using the children as weapons with no regard of the impact on the children. I know I am pretty sensitive to this topic, but I see it as a form of child abuse–from an emotional aspect.

  13. Lonesome Jackalope:

    Couldn’t agree with you more. On a related note, I just got a reminder e-mail from Satan. They’re holding a table for my wife in a sub basement room just below the main dining hall in hell. Sweet! ~ Jack
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