Being a parent is one of the most rewarding experiences in life, but every family faces challenges that can be frustrating and overwhelming. For more than 25 years, internationally renowned clinical psychologist Thomas W. Phelan's 1-2-3 Magic has helped millions of parents, teachers, and caregivers raise independent, emotionally intelligent children and build happier, healthier families - all through an easy to understand program that you'll swear "works like magic".
1-2-3 Magic helps you discipline and set limits for your children by breaking down the complex task of parenting into straightforward steps. You'll find tools to use in virtually every situation, including advice for common problems such as:
Parents all over the world have rebooted their families and their lives with 1-2-3 Magic. Learn the effective way to be a better, more loving, and more consistent parent, and start enjoying your child again - today!
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"Phelan's 1-2-3 is the gold standard of child discipline for good reason." (Library Journal)
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"Great book for all parents!"
I found this book when I asked a family friend that has four amazing teenagers how they raised such great kids. They said they read this book when the first child was very young and continued its teachings with all the kids. I have started the program on our children and it really works like magic. I highly recommend this book to all parents, even those with already great kids. It is more about enjoying your kids than about discipline.
"Really is like magic!"
Written with love for children, parents and family above all, which is one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much. If love and genuine respect are missing then even the best efforts break down. Again, these are the very reasons why I think the advice given in 1-2-3 Magic works so well.
So in addition to solid advice on love and mutual respect between parent and child, the conversation is also entertaining and lively. I found myself not only learning but laughing out loud at some of Dr. Phelan's witty takes on the challenges of parenting.
Most important of all the advice just works. In 1 short week of implementing 123 with my very headstrong 10 yr-old, the results are unmistakable... My 10 yr-old knows who's in charge and even seems to like the transference of power as if inherently knowing all my child ever wanted was the right kind of firm but loving direction. As for how it works on my even younger kids? Magic for the younger kids too.
"It's just okay..."
This book has been recommended to us by a couple professionals that has helped us with parenting techniques. For our older child, this book worked miracles. For our younger child that has a processing disorder, this book did not help. Based on what this book says, these parenting techniques should work for everybody even those that throw massive/destructive and aggressive tantrums.
My main issue with this book is that it mentions, and then quickly glances over, the truly difficult behavior as I mentioned above. It gives no techniques on how to handle that type of behavior. For children with processing disorders that cannot self-regulate their emotions, and engage in destructive and aggressive behavior as a result of their processing disorder, this will not work. For those children, I recommend Sensational Kids- Hope and Help for Children with Sensory Processing Disorders.
"Outdated, disrespectful to children...and the voiceover guy clearly belongs on infomercials"
Give yourself some credit as a parent. This is what your mum used to do. I got through chapter 2 and decided I just couldn't do it any more. It's 2016! We're smarter and kinder than this.
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