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. Both children and adults need to build relationships with new family members.
Active Parenting for Stepfamilies is a new video-based discussion program to help couples work together to raise children in the challenging stepfamily environment. The program also teaches how to use powerful communication and negotiation skills to strengthen marriage and family. Designed both for parents and stepparents, this program combines the knowledge of Active Parenting author Michael Popkin and stepfamily expert Elizabeth Einstein.
It's easy to lead a group using our video and group discussion format! The Leader's Guide, included in the Program Kit version of the program, gives you step-by-step instructions on when to show the video portions and how to lead the discussions. Participants follow along using their Parent's Guides, which offer examples and activities so they can practice their new skills at home. We recommend holding six 2-hour sessions with a group of 10 to 20 parents. However, the program is flexible, so you can choose a format that works for you.
Video vignettes will get great reactions from parents and stepparents! Parents may see themselves in the entertaining video sketches featuring parents and teens grappling with common issues. Presented with humor and empathy, each scene that presents a problem also offers a solution.
Here's what is in each session:
Kit includes: 2 DVDs approximately 156 minutes, 1 Leader's Guide, 1 Parent's Guide, 1 Parent Completion Certificate, 2 Course Announcement Posters, 1 Color Promotional Flyer.
Closed Captioned upon request