Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action

Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action Standard Kit

There’s no denying it. Parents and teens are often at odds, but it doesn’t have to be this way. When parents and teens learn together, they find common ground for conversation and problem solving. Provides a unique approach to strengthening our youth against the daily risks they face.

Bring parents & teens together to learn valuable life skills

A program for bringing parents and teens together…at last

There’s no denying it. Parents and teens are often at odds—but it doesn’t have to be that way. When parents and teens learn together, they will have a common language and skills for a smoother ride through adolescence.

The newly revised Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action is for children ages 11-16 and their parents. Using this program, you will give families critical tools for the challenging teen years: communication, conflict resolution, encouragement, and more. Plus powerful information about preventing problems with drugs, alcohol, sex, and violence.

Combining entertaining video, group discussion, and activities, the program will teach both teens and parents how to:

  • Communicate without fighting
  • Work through power struggles
  • Understand each other’s goals
  • Avoid the scary risks of adolescence (including drugs, alcohol, sex and violence)
  • Enjoy the wonderful journey to adulthood—together

Three programs in one!

We’ve built in the flexibility you need to reach as many people as possible. Your new program kit can be used in three ways:

To find out how to offer this course online using one of our convenient virtual options, call 800-825-0060 ext 2.

Research proves it’s effective

Research on this program was published in the Journal of Drug Education and the Journal of Primary Prevention. Families in Action is listed in the OJJDP Model Programs Guide,, the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC), and NREPP.

Newly revised for 2012

This program is a thorough revision of the original Families in Action program, including closed-captioned video filmed in 2012. We kept the best of the original while adding new content addressing issues that are relevant to today’s teens and parents, including drugs, sexuality, and violence.

Parent Class

Session I: The Active Parent
  • Teens today
  • Styles of parenting
  • Control vs. influence
  • Mutual respect
Session II: Winning Cooperation
  • Who owns the problem?
  • Active communication with teens
  • The key of encouragement
Session III: Responsibility & Discipline
  • The Think-Feel-Do Cycle
  • Logical consequences and more
  • Problem-solving with FLAC
Session IV: Building Courage, Redirecting Misbehavior
  • Courage and self-esteem
  • Five goals of teen behavior
  • Eliminating power struggles
Session V: Drugs, Sexuality, & Violence
  • Reducing the Risks
  • Overview of the issues
  • Prevention strategies 1-4
Session VI: Drugs, Sexuality, & Violence – continued
  • Prevention strategies 5-10
  • Plus family meetings, enrichment activities, and much more!

Teen Class

Session I:
  • 5 key qualities of character
  • Understanding parents
  • Your brain on adolescence
  • The power of choice
  • School success
  • Challenges of teen life: drugs, sexuality and violence
Session II:
  • The Spiral of Success
  • Communication: the road to cooperation
Session III:
  • Responsibility and freedom
  • The voice of discipline
  • Understanding and accepting consequences
Session IV:
  • Courage and self-esteem
  • The Think-Feel-Do Cycle
  • Turn discouragement into encouragement
  • Getting past power struggles
Session V:
  • 10 risk-prevention strategies for teens
  • Negative vs. positive influences
  • Talking about sexuality
Session VI:
  • Tobacco, alcohol, & other drugs
  • Bullying and relationship violence
  • Peer pressure
  • Confronting high-risk behavior

Other Program Materials:

Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action Poster

SKU: 1735

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Teens in Action Leader's Guide cover

Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action Leader’s Guide

SKU: 1733

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Active Parenting of Teens Parent’s Guide

SKU: 4503

$14.95$29.95Learn More
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TIA Teen's Guide and Coin

Teens in Action Teen’s Guide

SKU: 1743

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Active Parenting of Teens Leader’s Guide

SKU: 4502

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Teens in Action Responsibility Coin

SKU: 1736

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Active Parenting of Teens (3rd edition) Course Announcement Poster

SKU: 4505

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Teens in Action Course Announcement Poster

SKU: 1745

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Teens in Action Promo Flyer

SKU: 174F

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Active Parenting of Teens Promo Flyer

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Families in Action Parent Handouts

SKU: 173H

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Testimonials/Media Reviews

Leader Testimonials

“Families in Action/Active Parenting of Teens will help these teenagers learn communication and behavioral skills that will make a difference in their family life and community relationships.”

Karen Tenneson
Upward Bound Counseling Coordinator, Luther College, Decorah, IA

“When parents come into the program (Families in Action/Active Parenting of Teens), they are closed up and think they are alone in the problems they are having with their child. But as we watch the videos and discuss the situations, the moms and dads start opening up. They begin looking at situations from other points of view and ultimately they grow and develop new ways of parenting their children.”

Linda Anson
Teen Court Administrator, 15th Judicial District, LA

“It has been a joy to facilitate Active Parenting of Teens... Just wanted you to know that this is one of the best parent programs I have seen and I think many parents will benefit...”

G. Marie Bryant
Prevention Educator, Behavioral Health Services of South Georgia

Parent Testimonials

“I have had several people ask me about my parenting skills. This is due to my wonderful daughter... This wasn’t always the case... I began experiencing problems that I wasn’t prepared to handle... I truly believe that implementing the techniques of your Active Parenting of Teens program saved both of us... I felt that I had the skills to deal with parenting a teen and that we had set a good foundation for mutual success... Thank you for your contribution to our success and happiness.”

Theresa Bracco
California Parent


  • KIDS FIRST! ENDORSEMENT, Coalition for Quality Children’s Media (2nd ed.)
  • 2007 Program of the Year – Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice (2nd ed.)
  • EMPixx Gold Award Winner 2009 (3rd ed.)