Active Parenting for Stepfamilies is a program to help parents and stepparents raise children in the challenging stepfamily environment. It also teaches how to use powerful communication and negotiation skills to strengthen marriage and family.

Designed for both parents and stepparents

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies is a comprehensive parenting program as well as a stepparenting preparation program, all rolled into one. Designed for both parents and stepparents, it is also helpful for foster parents, adoptive parents, single parents and others affected by loss and change. The video features highlights from Active Parenting videos plus all-new scenes.

It’s easy to lead!

The Leader’s Guide gives you step-by-step instructions. Each session is designed to last 2½ hours, but the program can be tailored to suit your group’s needs.

In 6 2½-hour sessions, parents & stepparents will learn:

Session I: Forming a new family

  • Emotional baggage
  • Realistic expectations
  • Styles of parenting
  • Mutual respect

Session II: Communication

  • Roles of stepparents
  • Effective communication
  • Problem-handling model

Session III: Loyalties & Values

  • Differences in values
  • Setting limits (space, time, authority)
  • Triangles/loyalty conflicts

Session IV: Discipline

  • Effective, nonviolent discipline
  • Logical consequences
  • Stepfamily considerations

Session V: Power Struggles & Encouragement

  • “FLAC” method of defusing power struggles
  • Building courage and self-esteem
  • Nurturing by encouragement

Session VI: Celebrating Stepfamily Successes

  • Making a conscious commitment
  • Celebrating your achievements
  • Protecting your success


Active Parenting for Stepfamilies is also available in 3 sessions.

This program is available on this page at the bottom of the list of products. You will notice the picture has a different package with a 3 on it. The program uses the same Parent Guide but with guidelines for using with the 3 sessions. Parent Certificates and Course Announcement Posters are specific to the 3 session program.