I don't know how many of you remember when we launched the
world's first video-based parent education program back in 1983,
but it was exciting.
People would come by our exhibit at conferences and stare in
amazement at the sheer innovation of using television and a VCR
to teach parent education. I remember Dr. Benjamin Spock himself
pointing at our brand-new Active Parenting Discussion Program
and saying, "This is the future of parent education."
He was right. These days video-based parent education is everywhere.
It works because it was a better delivery system for the information
and skills that people need for parenting children in a democratic
society. It remains state of the art some 18 years later in spite
of the fact that it only reaches about 5% of the parents who
need it. And this is why it is time to innovate once again. There
are just some parents, many parents, who for whatever reason
will not GO to a parent education group. Many of these same parents
would take such a course if they could do so without ever leaving
home or their hotel room (business travelers have a hard time
attending a traditional group).
The answer is online parent education. We are excited about
introducing the first online Active Parenting
Today web-based course, and have had two successful beta
tests to confirm our enthusiasm. We are currently training online
leaders, as well as parents, and would welcome your participation.
To learn more about this cutting-edge educational technology,
see the article in this issue. I have a feeling that Dr. Spock
might smile and say once again, "This is the future of parent
Dr. Popkin is the founder and president of Active Parenting
Reprinted from Leader magazine.
Copyright 2001 by Active Parenting Publishers, Inc.