We had been considering creating a shorter course for some
time. In fact, with the earlier Active Parenting Today edition
of the program, we produced a Short Course Leaders
Guide, which helped leaders shorten the course to three
sessions. However, the problem with that model was that the leader
had to fast-forward through some video scenes, and the parents
still had a longer, six-chapter Parents Guide.
When we surveyed leaders for development of Active
Parenting Now we asked the question: How many sessions
do you think the program should be? The answers tended to gear
toward six and three, so we decided to stick with the traditional
six-session program to start, and create a shorter 3-session
version at a later date. That later date has arrived!
How did you determine what to eliminate from the six-session
We listened to feedback from leaders. They told us that many
busy parents really just want to cut to the chase.
They want to know what they can do to improve their families
now, as soon as possible. So we cut back on the why, and concentrated
on the what. APN3 contains all of the skills training
from Active Parenting Now, but eliminates the theory-based
components such as the Think-Feel-Do Cycle and Goals of Behavior.
The result is a shorter program that focuses on skills parents
can begin using right away.
Cant leaders just shorten the Active
Parenting Now program themselves?
Sure. Weve always encouraged leaders to take the
best and leave the rest and customize our programs for
their unique audiences. But APN3 eliminates all the work.
The three-chapter Parents Guide is easier for parents to
read and follow along with the classand leaders dont
have to decide what to skip or spend time fast-forwarding through
the videos during the class. Its all done for them. And
if a leader already owns Active Parenting Now, she or
he can take a $100 discount on the price!
Will Active Parenting produce a shorter version of Active Parenting of Teens?
Were considering it, but we want to wait and see how the
response to APN3 goes before we schedule it for production.
On that note, be sure to let your Educational Consultant know
if youre interested in purchasing a possible future Active
Parenting of Teens in 3!