by Michael Popkin On May 14, 2019, my wife, Melody, and I became grandparents of an 8½ pound baby boy. Our daughter, Megan, whom some of you may remember as the ten-year-old girl reciting the Ages and Stages poem in our earlier version of Active Parenting:...

Courage is such an important character trait in today's complex world of choices that it forms the very foundation upon which a child constructs her personality. Here is a poem I wrote a while back exploring the struggle between Courage and Fear. (Click to download...

From the French word coeur, meaning heart, courage is at the forefront of all the qualities of character that we would hope to instill in our children, because it is the one upon which all others are built. This has been at the center of...

Download this flyer When tragedy strikes far away, it's a parent's job to act as a filter for their children. Hours of emotional news coverage can create a distorted understanding of the world, and children are not intellectually equipped to assess the facts. A very young...

Active Parenting founder and president Dr. Michael Popkin explores the joys and challenges of a "spirited" child. Forrest Gump might have observed that kids are like a box of chocolates: you never know what you are going to get. Some are born with a peaceful temperament while...

by Dr. Michael Popkin Founder and President, Active Parenting Publishers For over 34 years, Active Parenting skills have proven effective with almost all children. However, those who have worked with special-needs children know that how these skills are applied and modified to fit their needs can make...

by Michael Popkin, Ph.D. Founder and President, Active Parenting Publishers Why do some parents abuse their children? The short answer is that it is an interaction effect brought about by a number of factors, including outside stress (more stress equals shorter fuses); psychological issues in the parent...

by Michael Popkin, Ph.D. Founder and President, Active Parenting Publishers Move over, Steve Martin. There’s a new FOTB in town. After 30 years of watching our daughter, Megan, mature from the “cutest baby ever” to a confident, successful young woman, I had one of those rare, so-called...

Active Parenting parent education programs have been in use since 1983, with the publication of The Original Active Parenting Discussion Program (Popkin, 1983). This groundbreaking program was the first true video-based delivery system applied to the field of parent education. It targeted parents of 2- to 17-year-olds in...