The program was written by
Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D., the founder and president of Active Parenting
Dr. Popkin founded Active Parenting Publishers in 1983. Soon after,
he introduced the first video-based parenting education program, Active
Parenting Discussion Program, which has been revised and updated
several times to reflect changing times. The most recent revision is
called Active Parenting 4th Edition.
Since then Dr. Popkin has written and produced more than a dozen video
and discussion programs, including Active Parenting of Teens;
Active Parenting for Stepfamilies; Active Parenting of
Teens: Families in Action; 1,2,3,4 Parents!; and Parents
on Board: Building Academic Success through Parent Involvement.
In 2001 Active Parenting Today Online Groups
were introduced over the Internet. His latest book is Taming
the Spirited Child: Strategies for Parenting Challenging Children without
Breaking Their Spirits.
Prior to founding Active Parenting Publishers, Dr. Popkin practiced
family therapy in Atlanta. His work with confused parents and unhappy
children convinced him that parents were not receiving the information
and tools they needed to help their children become responsible, contented
adults. He has served on numerous advisory boards, including the panel
of experts assembled for the United States Office of Substance Abuse
Prevention. He is widely known for his expertise in the field of parent
education and has appeared on over 100 TV programs, including CNN and
The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Dr. Popkin earned a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Georgia
State University and served as Director of Child and Family Services
at an Atlanta hospital before entering private practice. Dr. Popkin
and his wife, Melody, live in Atlanta and are the parents of two wonderful
young adults, Megan and Ben.