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Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D., founded Active Parenting Publishers in 1983. Soon after, he introduced the first video-based parenting education program, Active Parenting. Recently revised, Active Parenting Now has helped millions of parents develop cooperation, responsibility and courage in their children.

Since then Dr. Popkin has written and produced more than a dozen video and discussion programs, including Active Parenting of Teens; Families in Action; First Five Years;and Parents on Board: Building Academic Success through Parent Involvement. In 2001 he spearheaded production of the Active Parenting Today online parenting class, which has now grown to include five different courses. 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 lives in Atlanta with his wife, Christian Active Parenting co-author Melody F. Popkin. They are the parents of two adult children.