Meet the families of Teens in Action

A hallmark of Active Parenting programs is the warm and humorous video vignettes, used to illustrate common parenting problems—and solutions. Each session contains plenty of video to bring key points to life. Your program kit contains 124 minutes of video. The families portrayed in the video are:

The Shelton Family

The Shelton family is finding new challenges with the adolescence of Matt and Abby. For example, Matt and his dad have different ideas about appropriate use of the Internet. Abby and her mother are having trouble communicating.

The Easley Family

The Easleys are raising their teenage daughter Jada, who has struggled with depression in the past. Lately their problem is more about cooperation—Jada seems to see herself more as a princess than as a member of the family!

The Russell Family

Mrs. Russell is raising her son Derrick without the assistance of Derrick’s dad. Her brother Al pitches in. Derrick wants more independence, but his mother is worried about the consequences.

The Mendez Family

Teens Alex and his younger sister Miranda are part of the Mendez family. The parents need to have a serious talk with Alex, who is rebellious and was recently caught sneaking out of the house and drinking alcohol.

The Kwan Family

Mrs. Kwan is a widow, raising her daughter Julie alone. Julie’s boyfriend is pressuring her to move faster in their relationship than she is comfortable.

The Bryant Family

The Bryants are a blended family. Mrs. Bryant’s son Justin and Mr. Bryant’s daughter Erin are the same age. The typical problems of adolescence are compounded by the challenges of creating a new family. Susan, Justin’s mother, also makes an appearance.

Teens in Action narrators

Your narrators, Alicia and Connor

The kids in your class will relate to narrators Alicia and Connor, who are in their 20s and remember what it was like being a teen! They have fun as they guide viewers through engaging video scenes of teens and their parents.