Meet the families of Families in Action

A hallmark of Active Parenting programs is the warm and humorous video vignettes, used to illustrate common parenting problems and solutions. Your Families in Action kit comes with 2 DVDs for the parent portion of the class and 1 DVD for the teen portion. Each session contains plenty of video to bring key points to life. 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. Their dad needs 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.

Families in Action narrators

Your video narrators

The video for the parent portion is narrated by the author of the program, Dr. Michael Popkin, and acclaimed actress Daphne Maxwell-Reid (“The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”).

Your teen class narrators, Alicia and Connor, are in their 20s and remember what it was like being a teen! They have fun as they guide viewers through the program.