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MSU Extension is now offering a virtual active parenting courses over zoom. Classes are limited to 10 people. 

MSU Extension agents across Montana will be teaching Active Parenting for the Active Parenting the First Five Years, Active Parenting 4th Edition for Youth 5-12 years old and Active Parenting for Teens.  Classes are offered virtually.  See course details below and visit the Active Parenting website.

Course Information

  • Active Parenting the First Five Years (Infants-4 years old).  Course cost: $10.  Dates: Tuesdays, November 9 - 30, 2021, 6-8 pm.
  • Active Parenting 4th Edition, Elementary Aged Youth (5-12 years old). Course cost: $10. Dates: Tuesdays, January 18 - February 22, 2022, 6-8 pm.
  • Active Parenting of Teens. Course Cost: $10. Dates: March 8 - April 12, 2022, 6-8 pm. 

Course instructors: MSU Extension Agents Carrie Krug and Jackie Rumph.  Also MSU Food & Family Specialist Dr. Brianna Routh. 

Scholarships are available if you cannot afford to pay for the courses.  See the registration form to apply.  

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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


The Active Parenting of Teens program includes the essential Active Parenting model plus:

  • Teens & technology (the Internet, social networking sites, etc.)
  • The latest in teen drug use prevention (including prescription drugs)
  • Teen bullying: how to spot it, how to handle it
  • Special stepfamily considerations
  • How brain development affects teen behavior and decision- making
  • Improved discipline and communication
  • Updated teen sexuality issues


Let's Talk About Discipline

If you missed these live interactive parenting discussions, recordings will soon be available as videos.  


Discipline Infants and Toddlers




Let's Talk About Discipline: Infant, Toddlers and Preschool age




Discipline Elementary Age




Let's Talk About Discipline:
Early and Late Elementary age


Discipline Pre Teens and Teens



Let's Talk About Discipline:
Pre-teen and Teenagers