We underestimate children. I have been reminded of this fact lately with so many seeking to discredit Dylan Farrow. I am particularly bothered by the notion that at 7 years old, Dylan only said what her mother told her to say. I find this incredibly hard to believe. While I find it painful to watch others label Mia a liar and manipulator, I am going to focus on the child. Even if mothers would do something this horrible to their children, parental alienation doesn’t work because children don’t work that way.
I know this for two reasons:
1) I am the mother of two 7-year-olds. I watch them try to figure out life every single day.
2) I remember my own experiences of child sex abuse at 7 years old.
Here are my observations about how children actually approach life:
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