See, New Books By Mothers

Up and Running …. Janie McQueen, Robin Karr,

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In her 16-year-old upscale Charleston, South Carolina life, the biggest problems Emily Amber Ross has had to face run along the lines of designing alternative Halloween costumes, losing five pounds before school pictures, sourcing…

The following is an excerpt from Janie McQueen‘s book “Hanging On By My Fingernails“. If you haven’t read this book, you should. Janie completely “gets” the horror of what we’re going through because she’s been through it too. Her ex-husband filed for sole custody of their two children and proceeded to have her arrested for no reason. Then, as a condition to her jail release, she had to agree to go into a treatment program – one she didn’t need. The excerpt below is taken fro…

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Janie McQueen is an author, speaker and media guest who specializes in topics of difficult divorces, women’s issues, and children’s literacy.  JANIEMCQUEEN.COM
See also, excerpt from Janie McQueen, Mother and Child Reunion:  A Non-Story:
“Maybe the damage is done.

Maybe the damage can’t be undone.

Noncustodial and estranged mothers are afraid to hope, because their hopes have been annihilated time and again. Sometimes even supervised visitation has been gradually and sadistically taken away.  Lonely treks to stores to buy birthday and Christmas and Easter presents yielded carefully packed parcels that were sent but presumably unopened, or misattributed, or at least unacknowledged. Children who’ve gotten caught up in vicious custody battles that celebrate one winner and banish the loser, have grown up not only with the sudden loss of a loving parent, but have been drilled repeatedly that the banished parent was horrible, will never love and has never loved them; is happier on her own; would be a bad influence anyway; will only alienate the present parent, the “good parent.”

In short, even the ghost, a glimmer, of this kind of reunion would most certainly represent a threat.

I’m a true believer, though. I believe with information comes understanding. I believe bringing to light the at best misguided and at worst corrupt and evil custody practices and how they work, will make a difference. Knowledge that these court edicts often have nothing whatsoever to do with parental competence, surely should help. Mothers who’ve always felt they deserved the treatment they received, who’ve suffered in isolation, will realize they have much company, join hands, and recognize they’re much stronger than they thought.

I believe the truth will begin to filter through. Somewhere, I believe children who’ve always been told their mothers left on their own accord, but the “abandoned” family is better off without them, will begin to see the chinks in the armor, the red flags that signal something wasn’t right, was never right.

Somewhere, somehow I hope for Mother and Child Reunions. In this lifetime.”

Janie McQueen is a career journalist and author of four books, most recently Hanging On By My Fingernails: Surviving the New Divorce Gamesmanship, and How a Scratch Can Land You in Jail. Her writing career includes news beats at major metro newspapers including The Greenville (SC) News and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and a stint as a speechwriter for the government of Taiwan during the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta. She currently writes for,, and Her first novel, The Motherless Child Project, written with Robin Karr, is due out in early 2015.


To Lose a Child Through Life by Robin Karr…/mothers-grieve-the-loss…/

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Julie is a mother of two sons whose life seemed perfect.Behind those beautiful closed doors in Bedford, New York, her husband routinely abused her physically, verbally, psychologically and eventually- emotionally through systematic alienation of her children. She had nowhere to turn for help. All people could see was an enviable lifestyle with a husband who was successful and bought her beautiful “things.” Then came the divorce. This husband proceeded to cut Julie off financially, spending his considerable wealth on frivolous legal tactics. Without money, she could not fight back. Julie lost custody of her children, had nowhere to go, no job and therefore no income. Her divorce was denied;he did not want it. Julie won her divorce on appeal-for cruel and inhuman treatment. The pain of losing her children would never go away. Her husband keeps her in court. He said he would kill her with “motion practice” if she tried to collect the financial judgement of divorce -saying she would never see a dime-nor see her children again. This should not have happened. But people are rarely aware of the tactics used by husbands such as Julie’s. My name is Julie. And this is my story.

“Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease,” the new book by Robin Karr-Morse and Meredith S. Wiley (respectively, a family therapist and a nonprofit worker with a background in family policy), explains just how profoundly babies and young children are affected by traumatic experiences. In the remarkably researched work, the two women show that early life malnutrition and abuse can affect a kid’s nervous system well into adulthood. Children raised in traumatic environments are more prone to cancer, chronic pain and even diabetes. The duo’s previous book, “Ghosts From the Nursery,” looked at the childhood roots of violence, but this new work is no less significant in its conclusions about American culture.


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