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About the author of Padres Activos de Hoy

The program was written by Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D., the founder and president of Active Parenting Publishers.

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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 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; 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. Dr. Popkin is also the producer of the award-winning documentary She Said Yes: The Unlikely Martyrdom of Cassie Bernall. 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.

Note: This program was revised and updated in 2014 under the new title Paternidad Activa 4a edición. Video in the new edition is dubbed in Spanish. Books and other materials for the 1999 edition, Padres Activos de Hoy, will be available while supplies last.

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