McDONOUGH — April 25 was set aside as a day to make people aware of parental alienation in McDonough and Jackson.

Mayor Billy Copeland in McDonough and Mayor Kay Pippin in Jackson each signed proclamations making April 25 Parental Alienation Awareness Day and Bubbles of Love Day in their respective cities.

According to advocate Kimberley Dial, parental alienation is a form of child psychological abuse. On April 25 supporters were set to gather and blow Bubbles of Love to symbolize that “As bubbles flow freely, so should the natural love that a child has for both parents and both sides of their family.”

The observance coincides with National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

According to the proclamations, parental alienation deprives children of their right to love and be loved by their whole family and is very damaging to children. In addition, the proclamations state, behaviors such as speaking negatively about a parent to, or in front of, a child can destroy the bond between a loving parent and child.

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