Raising the Kid You Love with the Ex You Hate

February 17, 2015
Hosted by Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

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With about half of the children in the United Sates growing up in divorced families, chances are that you, your family, and/or your friends will be dealing with an ex. How parents navigate the conflicts with their exes has a huge impact on their children's growth and development. Dr. Ed Farber, author of the popular book Raising the Kid You Love with the Ex You Hate, will help you identify the critical factors that affect divorce outcomes. He will describe specific tools that help divorced parents to deal with holidays, school choices, the sports field, step-parents, and visitation refusals and discuss parenting plans that reduce the conflicts between warring parents and immunize the child from much of the damage that sometimes results from separation and divorce.

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Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D is an author, speaker, professional family mediator, Director of Colin Family Mediation Group, and a Founding Member of the Academy of Professional Family Mediators (APFM).

Having survived a nightmarish divorce, Dr. Colin actively supports divorce reform efforts, teaching people how to take a lot of the pain, financial cost, acrimony, and trauma out of divorce. She also loves learning and teaching about building healthy relationships and solving family problems long before anyone has a reason to consider divorce. She has been a foster parent, a married parent, a divorced single parent, and a remarried stepparent.

Formerly a research psychologist studying attachment and other aspects of human development, Dr. Colin has been providing family mediation services since 1999. She specializes in helping couples and ex-couples develop co-parenting plans and financial agreements that support their children’s security, self-confidence, and healthy development as well as their own adult well-being.

Dr. Colin has published two books, “Human Attachment" and "The Guide to Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia: How to Do It Yourself.” She has also written a variety of articles published in journals and on the Internet.

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