It’s time to embrace the JOY of parenting!

Millions of parents have achieved success with Active Parenting—and you can, too! Written by parenting expert (and father) Dr. Michael Popkin, this class is designed for parents of children ages 5 to 12. It will help you learn ways to raise responsible children who are able to resist negative peer pressure. Over the course of six sessions, you’ll learn non-violent discipline techniques plus effective communication and encouragement skills to build a solid foundation for the upcoming teen years.

Video, discussion, and activities make for a fast-paced workshop
Active Parenting 4th Edition uses entertaining video scenes to demonstrate common parenting challenges and solutions. Each workshop allows plenty of time for group discussion and activities.

Here’s what you’ll be learning:

(Note: the content and format of each workshop is determined by the leader of that workshop and may differ from what is shown below.
Your workshop may provide a Parent’s Guide and Parent’s Workbook;if not, you can order them here. Check with your workshop leader for complete details.)

Session I: The Active Parent

  • Styles of parenting
  • The method of choice
  • How brain development affects children’s behaviour and decision-making

Session IV: Building Courage & Self-Esteem

  • The Think-Feel-Do Cycle
  • The power of encouragement

Session II: Cooperation & Communication

  • Who owns the problem?
  • Using active communication
  • Feelings, empathy, and problem-solving

Session V: Understanding and Redirecting Misbehavior

  • Why children misbehave
  • Eliminating power struggles
  • Handling anger
  • Problem-solving with FLAC (as seen on “Oprah”)

Session III: Responsibility & Discipline

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

Session VI: Active Parenting for School Success

  • 7 Smart Things for School Success
  • Structuring homework time
  • Family talks
  • How to start now to prevent future use of tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs


Sample video from Active Parenting 4th Edition


Your class will be a combination of activities, discussion, reading, and video. Here are a few sample scenes.