Taming the Technology Beast: Lessons from 'The Durable Human Manifesto'

June 16, 2015
Hosted by Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.

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How profoundly has personal digital technology affected family life? Do smartphones and social media decrease, increase, or simply change how family members interact with each other, with friends, with strangers, and with the world? Jenifer Joy Madden provides strategies parents can use to keep technology in perspective, keep family ties strong, and raise children to be healthy, durable people. After introducing the audience to her 15-minute book of inspiration, "The Durable Human Manifesto: Practical Wisdom for Living and Parenting in the Digital World," Jenifer gives listeners a preview of her upcoming book, "How to Have a Durable Body," the first book in her “Wise Guides” series.

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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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