This is the order our father gave to my brother JP and me as we were on our way to visit our mother. It was just over a year after our parents had separated. We were ten and twelve years of age.
My father’s demands were the beginning of a process whereby he systematically forced my brothers and me to be hostile to our mother. It soon escalated to the point where we were being banned from seeing her and shortly after that we were banned from even speaking to our mother on the phone or even referring to her as our mother. Failure to comply with our father’s demands resulted in punishments, both physical and psychological.