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For Parents

OSU Extension offers parents an array of classes to help you be the best parent you can be and help ensure your children have opportunities to grow to their fullest potential. Our OSU Extension Family and Consumer Sciences educators offer three Active Parenting segments to help meet your current needs.


First Five Years: Birth to Age 5

This segment of the Active Parenting program contains a video and discussion program of solutions to challenges faced by many parents of infants and young children. Included in the program:

  • Ages and stages of development
  • Understanding what your baby’s cry means
  • Building a positive bond with your child
  • Using mindfulness to focus and calm yourself and your child
  • Positive discipline
  • Method of choice
  • Preparing your child for school success

View video from session 2 on preventing problems with your children:


Active Parenting – 4th Edition: Ages 5 to 12

The second segment of the Active Parenting program is a flexible three-, four- or six-session class with video-embedded slides demonstrating solutions to today’s parenting challenges. Included in the class:

  • Concrete skills to maintain and build open communication with children
  • How the “method of choice” can prevent power struggles
  • How different styles of parenting affect how your child reacts
  • Effective, nonviolent discipline skills
  • Brain development in children and how it affects parenting decisions
  • How to teach positive values to children
  • How be more confident in your role as a parent
  • How to increase your children's academic success

View what Active Parenting 4th Edition has done for other parents: 


Active Parenting of Teens

The third part of the Active Parenting program focuses on the particular challenges parents face when their children are going through the teen years. Included in the program:

  • Skills to help parents keep communication with teens open even in the midst of conflict
  • Effective methods for preventing power struggles
  • Modifying your parenting style to change how teens react
  • Discipline and problem-solving with kids as they grow older
  • Understanding the five goals of teen behavior; how to address teens’ need for challenge
  • Roles parents can play in the prevention of alcohol abuse and other drug use
  • How to teach positive values to teens
  • How to be more confident in parenting your teen

View Raising Oklahoma discussions of Active Parenting of Teens:

For a parenting class near you visit the OSU calendar or contact an educator in your county.


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