A video-based program to help parents and stepparents build a powerful parenting team, strengthen your marriage, and guide children through the transition to a new family—in just six classes.

Getting married is the easy part!
When a stepfamily is formed, everyone needs to learn new rules: Mom and Dad need to learn how to work together as a team. Children and teens must adapt to changes. Everyone needs to build good relationships with new family members. Active Parenting for Stepfamilies is here to help!

Video, discussion, and activities make for a fast-paced workshop

Active Parenting for Stepfamilies uses entertaining video scenes to demonstrate common stepfamily 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; if not, you can order it here. Check with your workshop leader for complete details.)

Session I: Stepfamily Living – A Different Parenting Challenge

  • Emotional baggage
  • Coping with loss
  • Realistic expectations
  • Styles of parenting
  • Relationship-building skills

Session IV: The Challenge of Discipline

  • Effective, nonviolent discipline
  • Logical consequences
  • Stepfamily considerations
  • Kids who live in two households

Session II: Communication and Problem-Solving

  • Roles of stepparents
  • Effective communication
  • A model for handling problems

Session V: From Power Struggles and Anger to Courage and Self-Esteem

  • The “FLAC” method of defusing power struggles
  • Building courage and self-esteem
  • Understanding children’s anger
  • Nurturing by encouragement

Session III: Loyalties and Values

  • Merging different values and cultures
  • Establishing limits (of space, time, authority, money)
  • Understanding triangles/loyalty conflicts

Session VI: Celebrating Stepfamily Successes

  • Making a conscious commitment
  • Celebrating your achievements
  • Maintaining stepfamily success
  • Protecting children from risks