Raising Kids to Become Adults
December 29, 2015
Hosted by Virginia L. Colin, Ph.D.
Many parents do too much for their kids and so unintentionally handicap them. Parents who are overly protective, overly directive, or overly and inappropriately supportive prevent their kids from learning to handle challenges, solve problems, and become self-confident, independent, competent adults. In the first half of the show, Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of “How to Raise an Adult," describes what she saw in college freshmen and in her own children that helped her understand how to raise children to become adults. In the second half of the program, Veda Stamps, author of “Flexible Wings,” describes what she learned about middle school children and their families as her daughter joined a team and participated in swim meets. Many parents and grandparents are doing a great job helping kids achieve their own goals and move toward successful adult lives.
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Our goal is to share good ideas about helping all kinds of families handle the challenges and problems that are common in today’s world. We seek to help people heal, grow, and thrive in a culture in which marriage, parenting, and other family relationships are under great stress.
We will feature experts on a variety of family matters. Topics may include building and maintaining healthy relationships, family mediation, divorcing with minimal damage, strengthening marriages, LGBT families, forming and maintaining stepfamilies, single parents, creating constructive separation agreements, addiction, preventing or ending abuse, and other Family Matters.
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.