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After 5+ years of alienation and estrangement, my husband and I often discuss what is the best way to reach out after so long, how to find the words without being overly dramatic or blaming the child’s mother. Here is a lovely example of a letter that an alienated father wrote to his adult daughter after never knowing her as a child:

https://cca-support.org/2018/08/08/i-had-no-reason-as-a-child-to-hate-my-dad/

Stories like this always give me hope, as we had some very good times with my stepchildren before the alienation really took hold.  I’m hoping that in the future they will look back on those times with fondness and see them clearly for what they were.

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