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for parents and stepparents
by Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D.; and Elizabeth Einstein, MA, LMFT

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies in 3 - a short program for parents and stepparents

Here is a 3-session, video-based program you can use to help parents and stepparents build a powerful parenting team, strengthen their marriage, and guide their children through the transition to a new family.

Getting married is the easy part! When a stepfamily is formed, everyone needs to learn new rules: Husband and wife need to learn how to work together as a team. Children and teens must adapt to changes. Everyone needs to build good relationships with new family members.

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies in 3 is here to help! Use this video-based discussion program to help couples work together to build a working new stepfamily. With this program, you will also teach how to use powerful communication and negotiation skills to strengthen the marriage. APSF3 combines years of wisdom from Active Parenting author Michael Popkin and renowned stepfamily expert Elizabeth Einstein.

Offer a 3-session class focusing on stepfamily issues
Active Parenting for Stepfamilies in 3
is an abridged version of Active Parenting for Stepfamilies, a 6-session course that adds a parenting education element to make a comprehensive program. APSF3 uses many of the same elements of the original program, but it's only 3 sessions and focuses mainly on topics specific to stepfamilies.

Video vignettes will get great reactions from parents and stepparents!
The program kit contains extensive video to help illustrate key points—and to keep participants engaged. Parents may see themselves in the entertaining video sketches featuring stepfamilies grappling with common issues. Presented with humor and empathy, each scene that presents a problem also offers a solution. See for yourself:
Your program kit contains 100 minutes of video demonstrating key concepts. Here's a sample.

It’s easy to lead a group using our video and group discussion format!
The Leader’s Guide, included in the Program Kit, gives you step-by-step instructions on when to show the video portions and how to lead the discussions. The optional PowerPoint presentation helps by projecting key points so parents can see them while you are explaining.

Participants follow along using their Parent’s Guides, which offer examples and activities so they can practice their new skills at home. We recommend holding three 2.5-hour sessions with a group of 10 to 20 parents. The program is flexible, however, so you can choose a format that works for you.

Our free Promotion Guide will help you spread the word about your classes to parents in the community.

Need a more detailed class? A 6-session version is also available
A 6-session version of the program is available so you can provide a comprehensive course providing Active Parenting skills along with discussion of stepfamily issues. The longer class is ideal for families in which the stepparent is a first-time parent. Click for information about the 6-session program.

Leader training will enhance your effectiveness
The Leader's Guide provides step-by-step instructions, but you may also benefit from a Leader Training Workshop (LTW). At the LTW, an experienced parent educator will tell you what works and what doesn't. You will also be able to share ideas with colleagues. Click for more information, or contact our Training Coordinator at 1-800-825-0060 x120.

Here’s what you’ll teach in each session:

Session I: Stepfamily Living - A Different Parenting Challenge
– Emotional baggage
– Coping with loss
– Adjusting expectations
– 5 Guidelines for Active Stepparents

Session II: Turning Differences into Opportunities
– Dealing with differences
– Establishing limits (of time, space, authority, money)
– Avoiding loyalty conflicts
– Easing transitions

Session III: Encouraging Stepfamily Success
- Discipline in a stepfamily
- Power of encouragement

Note: Active Parenting for Stepfamilies in 3 is derived from the original program (Active Parenting for Stepfamilies) and uses many of the same elements. A discount is available for those who already own the original program, or who wish to buy both editions at the same time. Please inquire.

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies in 3
Standard Program Kit

 Standard Program Kit contains:
  • 1 APSF3 DVD (100 min.)
  • 1 Active Parenting for Stepfamilies Leader's Guide with guide for converting to APSF3
  • 1 Active Parenting for Stepfamilies Parent's Guide
  • 1 APSF3 Parent Completion Certificate
  • 2 APSF3 Color Course Announcement Posters
  • 1 APSF3 Color Promotional Flyer

Preview the program FREE for 30 days!
Click on the title for more information or to order.

Program Kit
All you need for your video-
based parenting program.

Supplemental Materials
Parent guides, certificates, PowerPoint, posters and more

Long Course
The comprehensive, 6-session stepfamily program kit.