Active Parenting for Stepfamilies

Getting married is the easy part!

When a stepfamily is formed, everyone needs to learn new rules: Mom and Dad need to learn how to work together as a team. Children and teens must adapt to changes. To avoid potential problems, everyone needs to build good relationships with new family members, which can often be challenging. The following program is designed by Active Parenting as a program guide to making stepfamilies work.

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies is here to help! Use this new video-based discussion program to help couples work together to raise children within the challenging stepfamily environment. With this program, you will learn solid step-family parenting advice and parenting tips such as when and how to use powerful communication and negotiation skills to strengthen marriage and family. Designed both for parents and stepparents, Active Parenting for Stepfamilies is a great resource for foster parents, adoptive parents, single parents and others affected by loss and change. The program combines the knowledge of Active Parenting author Michael Popkin and stepfamily expert Elizabeth Einstein.

This program helps couples work together to raise children in the challenging stepfamily environment. Also teaches how to use powerful communication and negotiation skills to strengthen marriage and family. DVD video is closed-captioned.

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Here’s what you’ll teach in each session:

Session I: Stepfamily Living – A Different Parenting Challenge

Emotional baggage
Coping with loss
Realistic expectations within blended families
Styles of parenting
Relationship-building skills

Session II: Communication and Problem-Solving

Roles of stepparents in a blended family
Effective communication tips
A model for handling stepfamily-specific problems
Making stepfamilies work better

Session III: Loyalties and Values

Merging different values and cultures within a blended family
Establishing limits (of space, time, authority, money)
Understanding triangles/loyalty conflicts

Session IV: The Challenge of Discipline

Effective, nonviolent discipline
Logical consequences
Stepfamily considerations
Kids who live in two households
Blended family parenting tips

Session V: From Power Struggles and Anger to Courage and Self-Esteem

The “FLAC” method of defusing power struggles
Building courage and self-esteem
Understanding children’s anger
Nurturing by encouragement

Session VI: Celebrating Stepfamily Successes

Making a conscious commitment
Celebrating your achievements
Maintaining stepfamily success
Protecting children from risks

SKU: APC1940D

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies Standard Program Kit

Standard Program Kit includes:

  • 2 DVDs (202 min.)
  • 1 Leader’s Guide
  • 1 Parent’s Guide
  • 1 sample Parent Certificate
  • 4 Course Announcement Posters
  • 1 Reproducible Flyer (download)
  • Research Tools (download)

SKU: APC1949D

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies Jump Start Package

Jump-start Package includes:

  • 1 Standard Program Kit
  • 15 Parent’s Guides
  • 1 Parent Completion Certificates (download)
  • 1 PowerPoint Presentation
  • 6-month subscription to APSF Online Video Library

SKU: APC4109D

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies Lunch & Learn Program

Lunch & Learn Program Kit includes:

  • Video 1: Stepfamily Living: A Different Parenting Challenge (46 min.)
  • Video 2: Finding Your Way: Communication & Problem Solving (31 min.)
  • Video 3: A Tale of Two Histories: Turning Differences into Opportunities (27 min.)
  • Video 4: The Challenge of Discipline (35 min.)
  • Video 5: From Anger & Power Struggles to Courage & Self-Esteem (30 min.)
  • Video 6: Celebrating Stepfamily Successes (21 min.)
  • Reproducible Parent’s Tips Sheets for each video (download)
  • Discussion Guidelines for each video (download)
  • Leader’s Guide
  • 1 sample Parent’s Guide
  • 1 sample Parent Completion Certificate
  • 2 Course Announcement Posters
  • Reproducible Promotional Flyer (downloadable)
While supplies last!

SKU: APC1920

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies Video Library Set of 6

For Parents and Stepparents by Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D.; and Elizabeth Einstein, MA, LMFT This set of 6 stand-alone videos provides parents and stepparents with the skills they need to guide children through the transition and establish a solid framework for a successful stepfamily.  Videos in the series: Stepfamily Living: A Different Parenting Challenge (46 min.) Finding Your Way: Communication & Problem Solving (31 min.) A Tale of Two Histories: Turning Differences into Opportunities (27 min.) The Challenge of Discipline (35 min.) From Anger & Power Struggles to Courage & Self-Esteem (30 min.) Celebrating Stepfamily Successes (21 min.)

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies Video #1 Stepfamily Living
Learn how stepfamilies are different and prepare for common stepfamily challenges.
SKU: APC1921D

$79.95

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies Video #2 Finding Your Way
Explore effective roles for stepparents.
SKU: APC1922D

$79.95

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies Video #3 A Tale of Two Histories
Learn to cope creatively with value clashes.
SKU: APC1923D

$79.95

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies Video #4 The Challenge of Discipline
Learn proven non-violent discipline techniques and how parents and stepparents can use them effectively.
SKU: APC1924D

$79.95

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies Video #5 From Anger to Power
Learn how to diffuse power struggles using the “FLAC” method.
SKU: APC1925D

$79.95

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies Video #6 Celebrating Stepfamily Success
Celebrate your marriage, your differences, and your achievements.
SKU: APC1926D

$79.95

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies Leader Guide
The Active Parenting for Stepfamilies Leader’s Guide will take you step by step through the program and makes it easy to lead a co-parenting class.
SKU: APC1942

$39.95

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies Parent Guide
This book guides parents and stepparents as they create a new blended family.
SKU: APC1943

$16.95

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies Parent Completion Certificate (Downloadable)
Help parents show off their achievement with a certificate of completion at the end of the class. Printed packs are no longer available. This certi
SKU: APC1944E

$31.95