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for parents of children ages 5 to 12

by Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D.

Note: this is an older (2002) version of the Active Parenting program. Check out the new edition (2014), by clicking here.

Active Parenting Now: a program
for teaching parents of children ages 5 to 12


Click for a chart comparing Active Parenting Now with the new edition, Active Parenting 4th Ed.

Get ready for a powerful tool to help today's busy families. Active Parenting Now is the 2002 revision of our award-winning Active Parenting Today program. Designed for parents of children ages 5 to 12, Active Parenting Now helps you teach parents how to raise responsible, cooperative children who are prepared to meet the challenges of the teen years.

Written by Active Parenting Publishers founder and president Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D., this comprehensive parenting program retains everything that was great about Active Parenting Today and adds the content you need when working with today's families.

Using this program, you will provide parents with skills that will help them develop cooperation, responsibility and self-esteem in their children. They’ll also learn positive, non-violent discipline techniques so they can avoid power struggles.

Click on the navigation bar at left for more details about this versatile program, including research and promotional tools.

Evidence-based to make your parenting education more effective
The research page contains studies, measurement tools, and information about Active Parenting Now's listing on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC)

Active Parenting Now
Standard Program Kit





Here’s what you’ll be teaching:
(each session is designed to last two hours)

Session I:
- What our kids will need to succeed
- Styles of parenting
- Mutual respect
- "Method of choice"

Session II:
- Handling problems
- Building cooperation
- Active Communication

Session III:
- Teaching responsibility
- Effective discipline techniques
- "I" messages
- Logical consequences

Session IV:
- Why children misbehave
- Sidestepping power struggles

Session V:
- Think-Feel-Do cycle
- Character, courage, self-esteem
- Stimulating independence
- Power of encouragement

Session VI:
- Parents influencing events
- Family council meetings

"...the information is current and relevant to today's families, and will be a terrific help for parents from single, dual, blended, or multi-generational families."

-Video Librarian magazine
(referring to the video library format of this program)

What's so great about Active Parenting Now?

Active Parenting Now is the 2002 revision of the award-winning Active Parenting Today program. We kept the best and added even more!

6 sessions for a comprehensive parenting education course
based on proven-effective psychological principles
DVD has closed captioning
drug and alcohol prevention, plus added coverage of violence, bullying & peer influences
research & measurement tools

Parent's Guide offered in regular and easy-to-read "Basics" editions (also an audiobook) while supplies last.
content addressing CSAP protective factors & Search Institute's Developmental Assets
optional Biblical & Theological Guide makes it easy to adapt the program for a religious setting
humor, warmth, and the most effective skills available

Preview the program free for 30 days.

This program is available in 4 convenient formats.
Choose the formats that work best for you! Click on the title for more information or to order.
Note: this is an older (2002) version of the Active Parenting program.
Check out the new edition (2014), by
clicking here.

Program Kit
All you need
for a complete video-and-discussion program.

Video Library
A series of 6 DVDs for your library or resource center. Spanish version also available.

Lunch & Learn
Makes it easy to offer a series of 6 very short parenting classes.

Short Course
Offer the key concepts in just 3 sessions with Active Parenting Now in 3.

"In this helpful series, parents learn 'communication and nonviolent discipline techniques' that aim to create positive changes in family dynamics."

-The American Library Association's Booklist magazine (referring to the video library format of this program)