1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting (Paperback)

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1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting (Paperback)

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"Everywhere you go, you keep overhearing other moms say to their misbehaving children, 'That's one. That's two. That's three.' And then you watch in disbelief as their kid actually stops!"—PopSugar Moms

Do you want to strengthen your parent-child bond? What about learning how to build self-esteem early on in your toddler, preschooler, or middle schooler? Are you ready to have a calm, happy family and home? This therapist-recommended, evidence-based book is the #1 resource for effective and enjoyable parenting using gentle techniques that work.

Since kids don't come with a manual, 1-2-3 Magic is the next best thing. Using his signature counting method, Dr. Thomas Phelan helps parents to quickly, calmly, and effectively stop obnoxious behaviors like tantrums and meltdowns, whining and pouting, talking back, sibling rivalry, and more by teaching your child how to regulate their emotions in a way that's safe for them and drama-free for you.

You'll also learn how to:

  • Build a solid foundation for being a confident parent
  • Manage testing and manipulation to avoid derailing your efforts
  • Encourage good behavior
  • Strengthen your relationship with your child
  • Establish positive bedtime, dinnertime, homework, and wake-up routines

Millions of parents from all over the world have used this bestselling child discipline book to raise happier families and put the fun back into parenting—and you can too!

1-2-3 Magic is one of Healthline's Best Parenting Books of 2017, a 2016 Mom's Choice Award Winner, a 2016 National Parenting Product Award Winner and a 2016 Family Choice Award Winner.

Dr. Thomas W. Phelan is an internationally renowned expert, author, and lecturer on child discipline and Attention Deficit Disorder. A registered Ph.D. clinical psychologist, he appears frequently on radio and TV. Dr. Phelan practices and works in the western suburbs of Chicago.

"Phelan’s method has a proven track record of ending the negotiations and getting kids back on track...1-2-3 {Magic} is the gold standard of child discipline for good reason. " — Library Journal-STARRED

"The most valuable advice I got from reading 1-2-3 Magic that you can start implementing at home immediately is to avoid too much talking and too much emotion...the 1-2-3- program is as much a control on parental anger as it is on children’s behavior. " — Outnumbered 3 to 1

"The book has a lot of great, helpful information. Anyone who has children, no matter what age, can learn from this. " — Cassandra’s Place

"1-2-3 Magic helped me quickly identify the areas that I was messing up with my kids, and showed me how I could change those bad habits and trade them in for solid tactics to use when my kids were not listening as they should be. The best part, is that it literally only took a couple days for my kids to completely jump on board with the program...This book is worth it’s weight in gold and will change your family’s life." — The Simple Moms

"If you are a parent of young kids I do recommend that you pick up this book for a read as it would help you understand more about how to cope with your children during their outbursts." — Dominique’s Desk

"Lays out a simple program for parents to help manage, and keep from overreacting, to behavior that seems incessant and annoying, like a continual request for junk food right before dinner." — Tri-City Herald

"Since the sixth edition of the self-proclaimed No. 1 child-discipline book in America came out last year, Dr. Phelan's strategies have seen a resurgence in the parenting world. Maybe that's why you feel like everywhere you go, you keep overhearing other moms say to their misbehaving children, "That's one. That's two. That's three." And then you watch in disbelief as their kid actually stops! " — PopSugar

"The book spells out how you can help your child deal with their emotions, encourage good behavior, and strengthen the parent-child relationship. He includes clear advice for many roadblocks you find in a day of parenting. " — Healthline