Event aims to raise parental alienation awareness with bubbles

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More information If you go Bubbles of LOVE Day DFW Date: April 25 Time: 11 a.m. Location: Shops at Southlake’s Central Park, 1401 E Southlake Blvd, Southlake Cost: Free

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Pretty bubbles in the Southlake air will help raise awareness of “parental alienation.”

The Parental Alienation Awareness Organization USA will host the third annual Bubbles of LOVE Day DFW with entertainment, a parental alienation expert and bubbles.

Parental alienation is a term used when a child has an unwarranted hatred for a parent. It’s commonly experienced during divorce or separation.

Dr. Richard Warshak, a UT Southwest Medical Center clinical professor and author of Divorce Poison, said the feelings sometimes are persuaded by one parent who speaks ill of the other.

In the “bubble zone,” everyone will take 10 minutes at noon to blow bubbles. Organizers will supply attendees with a bottle of bubbles.

Wendy Archer, an officer of the non-profit organization and an event organizer, said the moment of bubbles is intended to send the message that, “just as bubbles flow freely, so should the love that a child has for both parents.”

In addition to the suds, Pookie the Clown will entertain with face painting, balloon animals and magic.

Dr. Warshak has spoken at two past events and this year will talk about the increased number of court cases recognizing parental alienation. He also will meet with parents.

“There are parents and grandparents grieving long term,” he said. “They can’t put a lid on it and move on.”

Archer expects about 300 attendees. She said it’s a chance to let others know the scope of the problem.

“It needs awareness because it’s a global epidemic. Parental alienation is a form of child abuse,” she said. “We need social awareness that it’s not acceptable for a parent to alienate a child from another parent.”

Archer has worked with several cities in North Texas to make April 25th Parental Alienation Awareness Day.

This is the third year of the event. Bubbles of LOVE DFW is part of an international collection of events where participants blow bubbles for parental alienation awareness.

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