1-2-3 Magic
Effective Discipline for Children 2-12

by Thomas Phelan

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Publication date: 4th Edition (2010)
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It's not easy being a parent--and when children are acting like little monsters it would be helpful to handle their disrespectul outbursts in a reasonable, unemotional manner. A proven bestseller, 1-2-3 Magic addresses the difficult task of child disipline with humor, keen insight and proven experience.

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This newly revised second edition provides a fine coverage of effective discipline choices to be used on children ages 1-12. From handling sibling rivalry and arguing to avoiding self-defeating syndromes and reactions, this covers everything from home to public behavior, providing parents with plenty of solid tips which work.


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gzusreins@aol.com from Texas , December 18, 1998 (5 stars of 5)
As the VERY verbal parent of a VERY verbal child, I was alway drawn into arguing my position. I am FREE from this trap. 1-2-3 is simple to implement and doesn't delve into a bunch of psycho-babble...just 3 steps. More effective than other books on strong-willed children or ADHD children. TRY IT !!!!

A reader from New Orleans, Louisiana , November 24, 1998 (5 stars of 5)
Every parent should read this book!
This book describes an easy, effective method that any caretaker can use to maintain control of their household without resorting to violence. Most importantly, it instructs caretakers on the appropriate use of time out and demonstrates how effective it can be when used properly. As a pediatrician, I believe all caretakers should read it and cannot recommend it highly enough.

A reader from New Jersey , October 30, 1998 (5 stars of 5)
This book is indeed, 1-2-3 Magic.
I could not believe how well this book worked on my then 8 year-old son. He is now 10 and all I have to do is start counting and the bad behavior stops! My son has learning disabilities and to get into a big debate over behavior issues with him was so frustrating. I loved this book. Thank you Dr. Phelan! I. Mainor

barktown@pa.net from Millerstown, PA , September 22, 1998 (5 stars of 5)
It really works!
Our three-year-old's pre-school teacher recommended this book to us. We were skeptical in the beginning to say the least. After reading the book we were still a bit skeptical. How could this simple method of counting to three work? Yet we tried the 1-2-3 method and after about five days our daughter understood what we meant and is now a success story of "1-2-3 Magic"! --This text refers to the paperback edition of this title

lounshrn@epix.com from Mansfield, Pennsylvania , September 12, 1998 (5 stars of 5)
Great for parents, teachers, and mental health specialists!
I have purchased and viewed the 1,2,3, Magic VHS tape and am ready to purchase this book to share with Mental Health professionals, parents, and teachers. This is a great way for parents and other caregivers of children to effectively regain control and provide a time-out method that allows children to calm down. --This text refers to the paperback edition of this title

Chtykat444@aol.com - 9/12/98
I have the 123 Magic book and video. I have a son who was getting out of control the lost couple of months, I had no idea on what to do. My sister told me about the 123 magic approach to dealing with the kids instead of being lost and crying not knowing what to do. My husband and I are in our third week with the program... at first, Micheal age 6, when we put him in time out he threw a hour and a half fit (throwing things, yelling, slamming the door) when he calmed down, I started the 6 minutes. now when we put him in time out he has about a 1 minute of maybe yelling then we start the timer.(afer he is done with the fit of course. I feel so much more in control now I feel like a good mom. :)

sarbob@hotmail.com from Claremore, Oklahoma , September 2, 1998 (5 of 5 stars)
IT WORKS ! ! ! ! !
I took this class at the health department. They handed out chapter 9 getting started,and chapter 6 questions from parents. I thought SURE THIS IS GOING TO WORK,YEAH RIGHT. Let me tell you what IT DID and DOES work. My step-son was 8 now 9 1/2, all I have to say now is "that's one want to try for 3" He stops what ever he is doing. OH! I bought the book. GREAT BOOK thanks ever so much. Jean Weilert( Thankful Parent) --This text refers to the paperback edition of this title

A reader from Chicago , August 31, 1998 (5 of 5 stars)
It works!! Even with ADHD kids!
This method was recommended to us by a co-worker of mine. We borrowed the book first because we had used other behavior modification methods with our son and they hadn't worked. This works!! We still haven't mastered getting him up and out of the house in the morning yet -- but for stopping undesireable behavior; it's the best.

This method also works with schools and daycare providers. --This text refers to the paperback edition of this title

A reader from Washington State. , August 8, 1998 (1 of 5 stars)
Why would you teach your child to ignore you?
I find that the premise of this book - Three warnings before you act teaches a child to ignore you the first 3 times. Kids are smart that way, they will catch on that you only mean it the 4th time. --This text refers to the paperback edition of this title

A reader from Conn. USA , July 24, 1998 (5 of 5 stars)
No Psycho-Babble
You don't need to "understand" your " difficult" or "regular" child to make this method work. This book shows you (not the kids) how to be in charge and get peace into your everyday life with a VERY simple method. Yes, you can control big, bad behaviors as well as those littleannoying behaviors: arguing, badgering, whining, complaining, etc. A second method is presented (which also works) for getting kids to go to bed at night. We have had great success for 2 years now w/ages 3 to 7. --This text refers to the paperback edition of this title

A reader from East Stroudsbyrg, Pa. 18301 , 04/30/98, rating=9 of 10:
Clearly shows how to get kids to change behaviors and listen
My son's teacher shared this book with me. It is one they use in the school system for behavioral problems with their students. I feel it is an excellent book and worth reading for every parent of a child from age 2 up. If parents start early the child will learn from an early age how to behave and get along in today's society.

Jjoratz@aol.com from New Jersey, USA , 03/01/98, rating=9 of 10:
Excellent description of how to help children maintain control by taking control as a parent. The title is an apt description of the book. This disciplne method seems to work like magic. Good examples of different situations and how to handle them. Highly recommended. --This text refers to the VHS tape edition of this title.

magic@presswood.com from Toronto, Canada , 01/29/98, rating=9 of 10:
It does work
I have a 2.5 yrs old. (He's not to much problem)but this book put our 1 2 3 in prospective (We were doing the counting wrong). If you follow the way the book outlines the situation then the efforts put forth are worth the awards.


Other Video Tapes on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder by Thomas Phelan

All About Attention Deficit Disorder

All About Attention Deficit Disorder - Part 2

Adults With Attention Deficit Disorder

Medication for Attention Deficit Disorder


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