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Halloween During A Pandemic
Fairfax County suggests some safe alternatives to traditional trick-or-treating and parties.

https://fairfaxcountyemergency.wpcomstaging.com/2020/10/01/traditional-trick-or-treating-not-recommended-for-halloween-safe-alternatives-available/
A new book, Living Together, Separating, Divorcing: Surviving During a Pandemic, edited by well-known mediator Michael Lang, is a collection of essays from 75 family mediators and related professionals from ten countries. Three of the contributors are offering a free one hour webinar on Thursday, June 11, from noon to 1 PM ET. Michael will be moderating the session.
The webinar is designed for couples and families stressed by the coronavirus pandemic. Please share this announcement with people who may be interested.

See Living Together, Separating, Divorcing: Surviving During a Pandemic
Request an interview or book copy at [email protected] or call (703) 403-7034
Access “Relationship SOS” webinar at:
A new book, Living Together, Separating, Divorcing: Surviving During a Pandemic, edited by well-known mediator Michael Lang, is a collection of essays from 75 family mediators and related professionals from ten countries. Three of the contributors are offering a free one hour webinar on Thursday, June 11, from noon to 1 PM ET. Michael will be moderating the session.
The webinar is designed for couples and families stressed by the coronavirus pandemic. Please share this announcement with people who may be interested.

See Living Together, Separating, Divorcing: Surviving During a Pandemic
Request an interview or book copy at [email protected] or call (703) 403-7034
Access “Relationship SOS” webinar at:

Marriage, divorce, co-parenting, or child support problems to work out? We can help. http://colinfam Do you have family problems to solve?

Avoid expensive, distressing court battles. We have 5 certified family mediators ready to help -- through private, confidential discussions. Before starting a hostile litigation process, try the peace-building approach. You will save time, money, and sanity. Mediation can improve relationships instead of damaging them.

01/13/2023

this is a hard truth, but an important truth to keep in mind.

Perspective | How theater can teach our kids to be empathetic 01/13/2023

Perspective | How theater can teach our kids to be empathetic

Perspective | How theater can teach our kids to be empathetic Pretend play is the foundation for developing empathy. Theater, which teaches great communication skills, does the same.

01/11/2023

Within us, we have the soul of a free spirit. 🦄

We have a lot of joy in there waiting to be unleashed.

Laughter that wishes for expression.

Smiles that want to grace others with their light.

Beauty to be seen. Delight to be felt. Gratitude to be offered. 💛

Joy often ends up on a pedestal - a prize after we accomplish the unattainable.

But joy is meant to be here, now, in this very day, even when things aren’t going so well.

It doesn’t always have to be a planned outing. It can be found in the tea, in a walk, in a flower, in the rain.

Let’s start practicing the art of joy. Our souls will thank us later. 🙂💛

From the heart of Every Day Spirit: A Daybook of Wisdom, Joy and Peace. Get yours here: www.everydayspirit.net

01/11/2023

Positively Present

01/09/2023

Got family conflict? Let's Talk.

A professional family mediator can help you learn skills for resolving some conflicts and for managing how you handle the conflicts you will continue to live with.

01/09/2023

Got family conflict? Let's Talk.

A professional family mediator can help you learn skills for resolving some conflicts and for managing how you handle the conflicts you will continue to live with.

01/05/2023

Is it too late to mediate our divorce?
Probably not. If both parties want to find some way to settle and complete their divorce, it's almost never too late for mediation.

https://colinfamilymediationgroup.com/never-too-late/

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2022 01/02/2023

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2022

There is a lot of helpful information in this article.

The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2022 Our team names the most provocative and influential findings published during this past year.

12/31/2022

A few New Year's Resolutions to bless the coming year. 💗

Remember that who you are becoming is the outcome of your decision to grow in the ways that you choose.

Whatever you decide is right for you this year, be sure to treat yourself with gentle, loving kindness - and your love will flow to where it is needed.

You will know the way. 💗

Every Day Spirit: A Daybook of Wisdom, Joy and Peace and the Gratitude Journal are the perfect resolution for your most amazing year ever.

Starts again on January 1. Books are here: www.everydayspirit.net

12/27/2022

FREE Guide To Low-Cost Divorce

As we look to the new year, some people are looking at options for divorcing and starting a new life. We are currently giving away Dr. Colin's book for free. If you would like us to send one to you or to a friend, please send [email protected] the name and address you want it mailed to.

We know that parents who need to divorce often postpone action until after the holiday season. This book can help them to plan well and avoid frightening their children.

12/25/2022

For many years my ex-husband and I took turns having our kids with us for holidays. My heart goes out to the co-parents who are not having their turns to have their kids with them today. - Dr. Colin

Photo of Dr. Colin with daughter Rebecca, age 7, and son Daniel, age 1.

12/22/2022

Here is a poem for the winter solstice.

Blessing for the Longest Night

All throughout these months
as the shadows
have lengthened,
this blessing has been
gathering itself,
making ready,
preparing for
this night.

It has practiced
walking in the dark,
traveling with
its eyes closed,
feeling its way
by memory
by touch
by the pull of the moon
even as it wanes.

So believe me
when I tell you
this blessing will
reach you
even if you
have not light enough
to read it;
it will find you
even though you cannot
see it coming.

You will know
the moment of its
arriving
by your release
of the breath
you have held
so long;
a loosening
of the clenching
in your hands,
of the clutch
around your heart;
a thinning
of the darkness
that had drawn itself
around you.

This blessing
does not mean
to take the night away
but it knows
its hidden roads,
knows the resting spots
along the path,
knows what it means
to travel
in the company
of a friend.

So when
this blessing comes,
take its hand.
Get up.
Set out on the road
you cannot see.

This is the night
when you can trust
that any direction
you go,
you will be walking
toward the dawn.

—Jan Richardson

from The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief

12/18/2022

Happy Hanukkah.

As the Festival of Lights begins tonight, we want to recommend this book that Dr. Colin and her daughter love. This is a classic Hanukkah tale shared by families all around the world.

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hershel-and-the-hanukkah-goblins-eric-a-kimmel/1119060897

12/13/2022

Is your child in the right car seat? Is that seat properly installed? Make sure before you travel this holiday season.

In Fairfax County? The next inspection is Saturday, December 17.

Here are the upcoming free child safety seat inspections https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/sheriff/community-free-child-safety-seat-inspections

This social media influencer's divorce left her $25,000 of debt — how couples can 'get ahead of the curve' to avoid the same 12/05/2022

This social media influencer's divorce left her $25,000 of debt — how couples can 'get ahead of the curve' to avoid the same

Are you financially compatible with your spouse or the person you might marry? Find out!

This social media influencer's divorce left her $25,000 of debt — how couples can 'get ahead of the curve' to avoid the same Without a solid financial foundation, your household won't last.

12/05/2022

12/02/2022

It's beginning to look and feel a lot like Christmas. This time of year presents a lot of great opportunities for new experiences and family favorites. This weekend there will be many community tree lightings and breakfasts with Santa.

Check out this Holiday Guide to all kinds of fun in the area (https://dullesmoms.com/page-holidays-all/) OR check some things off our Holiday Bucket list below.

11/29/2022

Just a few of the 100s of intersections in our lives:

11/29/2022

On this Giving Tuesday, find a new charity to support or look up details on your favorites at https://greatnonprofits.org/state/Virginia.

11/28/2022

November is Children's Grief Awareness Month.
Online resources focus on helping children who are grieving because a loved one died, but the same resources can have value children who are grieving because their parents' separation led to the loss of one parent.

You can find resources and support at https://www.thewarmplace.org/childrens-grief-awareness/

Holiday Markets Coming to Fairfax County in 2022 11/25/2022

Holiday Markets Coming to Fairfax County in 2022

At local holiday markets you can do some holiday shopping while enjoying music, food, and activities for kids.

Holiday Markets Coming to Fairfax County in 2022 Shop for the perfect gift at these holiday markets in Fairfax County, Northern Virginia.

11/24/2022

We are grateful for the trust so many people have given us, allowing us to help them move forward as they make difficult changes in their families.

11/22/2022

A Question For Co-parents:
Are you satisfied with the holiday parenting agreement you made two or three or five years ago?

Maybe one or both of you have changed jobs or have found new partners, or maybe your kids' needs have changed as they got older.

If you and your ex need to renegotiate and you expect the conversation to be difficult, we will be glad to provide professional support.

6 Black Friday scams + how to avoid them in 2022 11/21/2022

6 Black Friday scams + how to avoid them in 2022

Avoid these Black Friday scams. Shop with retailers your trust, especially local businesses. Or consider a gift of service -- do something for your loved one that will make their life happier.

6 Black Friday scams + how to avoid them in 2022 The holidays are right around the corner. To help you safely shop all the great holiday deals, we’ve gathered six Black Friday scams to be aware of in 2022.

11/20/2022

It's National Peanut Butter Fudge Day!

You can make this delicious treat from a few simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand.

Legend tells us that fudge was accidentally discovered during the 1800s. The term “fudge” meant to “mess up” or “cheat”. A chef's batch of caramel was “fudged”, and this kind of candy came into being.

11/18/2022

National Take a Hike Day happened yesterday, Did you miss it? It's never too late to call your friends and family and set a course for a trail near where you live. And while you are at it, make a plan to check some items off our Holiday Bucket List over the next few weeks.

11/17/2022

11/13/2022

World Kindness Day
Today is a day to highlight good deeds in your community and
focus on the importance of being kind to each other. Care and compassion for others are what bind us all together.

Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia | Colin Family Mediation Group LLC 11/12/2022

Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia | Colin Family Mediation Group LLC

Do you have friends who need this book?

During this holiday season, which brings delight to many and is difficult for others, the book is free. If you would like us to send one as a gift, please send [email protected] the name and address you want it mailed to.

Parents who need to divorce often postpone action until after the holiday season. This book can help them to plan well and avoid frightening their children.

(It is always possible to buy this book from Amazon -- Kindle or paperback version.)

Low-Cost Divorce in Virginia | Colin Family Mediation Group LLC Divorce can be tough, scary, and expensive, fraught with emotional issues, financial issues, legal issues, and children's needs. This guide helps you through.

Timeline photos 11/10/2022

What a fun family activity! Bull Run and Meadowlark open tomorrow night. Cameron Run opens next week. You can find discount codes on NOVA Parks page.

The holiday season is right around the corner. Make your plans now to enjoy all three NOVA Parks holiday light show experiences.

Enjoy a night of unstructured family fun at Ice & Lights- the Winter Village at Cameron Run.

Feel the magic of the lights at Meadowlark's Winter Walk of Lights.

Pack some snacks, turn up the holiday music and enjoy a drive through Bull Run Festival of Lights.

Tickets are now on sale for all three holiday light shows.

Ticket information: http://ow.ly/3y8r50L9BJ1

Your Happiness Calendar for November 2022 11/09/2022

Your Happiness Calendar for November 2022

We really like the suggestions in this November Happiness Calendar. What's your favorite suggestion below?

Your Happiness Calendar for November 2022 This month, practice an attitude of gratitude.

11/08/2022

11/07/2022

We will have a full moon on Tuesday, November 8, and the moon will look very much like a full moon Monday and Wednesday. With temperatures near 70 degrees each day here in northern Virginia these will be great days for evening walks with your family or friends.

11/07/2022

Can you afford to get divorced?

If both of you want to divorce and can afford to live separately, a little help from a professional family mediator may be all you need.

Read more about matters to consider at:
https://colinfamilymediationgroup.com/too-poor-to-get-divorced-unlikely/

11/05/2022

Daylight Savings Time ends tonight.
Remember to set your clocks back tonight. Enjoy the extra hour of sleep!

11/04/2022

November is Family Stories Month.
Will it be fun to recall and record your family stories as you gather to celebrate the many holidays in the next two months?
What family holiday stories will your kids remember when they have grown up?
We hope you enjoy looking at old photo albums, recording their stories, and making some new memories.

11/04/2022

If more couples used the skills included in this checklist, we would have fewer couples asking us to help them work out terms of divorce.

The Gottman repair checklist.

When things are escalating during conflict, the Gottmans () have identified six categories of things you can say to help de-escalate the situation:

• “I feel...” - A statement that describes your own feelings, e.g. “I’m getting worried.”

• Sorry - A statement that takes responsibility for your part, e.g. “My reaction was too extreme.”

• Get to Yes - A statement that shows openness to compromise, e.g. “I never thought of things that way.”

• I Need to Calm Down - A statement that expresses the need for a break or soothing, e.g. “Can we take a break?”

• Stop Action! - A statement that expresses a need to stop/pause the interaction or change course, e.g. “We’re getting off track.”

• “I appreciate...” - A statement of appreciation, e.g. “Thank you for being patient with me.”

To see a more complete list, check out the Gottman blog ➡️ https://www.gottman.com/blog/r-is-for-repair/

Disclaimer: This post is not referring to situations of abuse.

10/30/2022

And in addition: 🙂

You have more light than you know,

more guidance than you believe,

more love than you imagine,

more beauty than you dream. 💛

With that you can surely change the world. ✨

From today’s page in Every Day Spirit: A Daybook of Wisdom, Joy and Peace. Find yours at: www.everydayspirit.net

10/28/2022

Scared about family court?
Parents can get the help they need from a family court even if they cannot afford to hire a lawyer. Read more here:
https://colinfamilymediationgroup.com/sometimes-you-do-not-need-a-lawyer-in-family-court/

10/27/2022

It's National Popcorn Popping Month!
Looking for a fun fall activity with the kids this weekend?
How about a popcorn bar with different topping choices? Or you can make your own popcorn seasoning at home that’s healthier (and cheaper!) than the store-bought stuff.

We found an article with more than 75 popcorn topping ideas at https://moneywisemoms.com/popcorn-topping-ideas/. What's your favorite topping?

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Relationships can be challenging. Families sometimes have problems. Professional Family Mediators can help.

Is there a lot of conflict, anger, or pain in your family? Are you contemplating separation or divorce? Through mediation, where discussions are private and confidential, we help people talk with each other constructively to develop agreements about how the members of the family can move forward. With this peace-building approach, most of our clients are able to stay out of court. They avoid a lot of stress, emotional damage, and financial damage. They build foundations for secure, healthy lives.

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