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Active Parenting of Teens - Parent Resource Pages

Introducing a very important class for parents of teens and 'tweens

program by Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D.

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Millions of parents have achieved success with Active Parenting!

Active Parenting of Teens is a comprehensive new parenting program for parents of preteens and teens. The skills you learn in this class will give you confidence and courage to meet the challenges—and savor the joys—of your children's teen years.

Learn the basics of parenting a teen (plus some in-depth discussion of today's hot topics)
In this class you will learn what's going on in your teen's head, which will help you figure out why they do the things they do. You'll learn how to open up the lines of communication, encourage cooperation and responsibility, and discipline effectively. You'll also explore techniques for solving the inevitable problems that crop up. You'll learn 10 strategies for preventing problems relating to drugs, alcohol, violence and teen sexuality.

Video, discussion, and activities make for a fast-paced workshop
Each session of your Active Parenting of Teens class features entertaining video scenes that demonstrate common parenting challenges and solutions. Your class leader will allow plenty of time for group discussion and activities so you can share ideas with the leader and other parents, too.

In the course of the program, you will also explore the following topics:

teens & technology (the Internet, social networking sites, etc.)

the latest in teen drug use prevention (including prescription drugs)

teen bullying: how to spot it, how to handle it

raising teens in a stepfamily

Here's what you'll be learning
(Note: the content and format of each workshop is determined by the leader of that workshop and may differ from what is shown below. Your workshop may provide a Parent's Guide; if not you can order it here. Check with your workshop leader for complete details.)

Session I:  The Active Parent
• Teens today
• Styles of parenting
• Control vs. influence
• Mutual respect
• Method of choice

Session II:  Winning Cooperation
• Who owns the problem?
• Active communication with teens
• Promoting cooperation between parents and teens

Session III:  Responsibility & Discipline
• Basic discipline
• Problem-solving with FLAC
• Advanced discipline skills & logical consequences
Session IV:  Building Courage, Redirecting
Misbehavior
• The Think-Feel-Do Cycle
• Courage and self-esteem
• Five goals of teen behavior
• Power struggles

Session V:  Drugs, Sexuality, and Violence: Reducing the Risks, part 1
• Overview of the issues
• Prevention strategies 1-4 (with a focus on sexuality)

Session VI:  Drugs, Sexuality, and Violence: Reducing the Risks, part 2
• Prevention strategies 5-10 (with a focus on alcohol and other drugs)