Active Parenting 4th Edition
by Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D
The latest edition of our best-selling program is here! Active Parenting 4th Edition (AP4) has been thoroughly revised and updated for 2014, including all-new video, more convenient parent’s guides, and a new emphasis on hot topics. It’s an evidence-based program that is proven to help parents in their most important job.

Valuable skills to bring back the joy of parenting

Active Parenting 4th Edition contains the essential Active Parenting model that has benefited millions of families in the past 30 years: encouragement, communication, and non-violent discipline. With this edition, we’ve added content for today’s parents, including bullying, school success, and drug prevention. There is new optional information for parents of special needs children.

More flexible than ever

The Active Parenting 4th Edition program is designed for a class of 3, 4, or 6 sessions lasting 2 hours each. The unit on parent involvement can even stand alone as a 1-night presentation. We’ve also provided an optional 30-minute addition to each session called “AP and You” that helps parents apply their new skills at work and at home.

Easy to lead

As always, the new Active Parenting 4th Edition kit contains materials for a lively class filled with video, activities, and discussion. The Leader’s Guide gives step-by-step instructions. NEW: Parents get in-depth info from the Parent’s Guide and skills practice in their Parent’s Workbook. NEW: the video is also available embedded in a PowerPoint for those who lead the class using a laptop.

Here’s what you’ll be teaching:

Note: Each session has an optional 30-minute lesson about how to apply the same skills to parents’ own lives—at work and at home.

Session I: The Active Parent

  • Styles of parenting
  • Brain development in children
  • The method of choice

Session II: Cooperation & Communication

  • Who owns the problem?
  • Active communication
  • Feelings, empathy & problem-solving

Session III: Responsibility & Discipline

  • Effective, non-violent discipline
  • “I” messages
  • Logical consequences

Session IV: Building Courage & Self-Esteem

  • The Think-Feel-Do cycle
  • Courage and self-esteem
  • The power of encouragement

Session V: Understanding & Redirecting Misbehavior

  • Why children misbehave
  • Eliminating power struggles
  • Handling anger
  • Problem-solving with FLAC

Session VI: Active Parenting for School Success

  • 7 Smart Tips for School Success
  • Structuring homework time
  • Tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs
  • Family talks

Discussion Questions and Parent Handouts (for the Video Library DVDs and Lunch & Learn)

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 2002 version (AP Now)