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1-2-3 Magic for Christian Parents: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 Paperback – October 1, 2007


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"Guess what? It works!"  —Martha Dewing, L.A. Parent magazine

About the Author

Thomas W. Phelan, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and a nationally renowned expert on child discipline and attention deficit disorder. His other books include 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2–12, All About Attention Deficit Disorder, and Surviving Your Adolescents. He lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Chris Webb, MS, MA, is an associate pastor in Jackson, Mississippi. He conducts marriage and parenting conferences throughout the United States and writes weekly columns in Hinds Focus, the Madison Herald, the Northeast Ledger, and the Yazoo Herald. He lives in Madison, Mississippi.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Parentmagic, Inc. (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1889140244
  • ISBN-13: 978-1889140247
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #789,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and the author of 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children, All About Attention Deficit Disorder, "I Never Get Anything!", Self-Esteem Revolutions in Children, and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. He lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Customer Reviews

I recommend this book to every parent!
Helena M. Ohmen
The technique gives parents a way to control themselves as they discipline their chilren.
Ebe
I thought is was a great book, easy read.
L. Lalli

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104 of 107 people found the following review helpful By bookscdsdvdsandcoolstuff VINE VOICE on June 1, 2009
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Okay, I gave this two weeks before I reviewed it just to see if the methods actually worked. They more than work. They have changed my life and my family! I am SO grateful to these authors.

I was an abused kid. It has taken years for me to be able to admit this. I wasn't spanked often. I was hit in the face. I was thrown against a wall and grabbed by the throat. This didn't happen lots mind you, it was random. I have happy memories of my dad. And terrible ones. The terror filled moments are rare. I can count them on one hand. But they are vivid. The psychological torment wasn't constant either. But it happened more often than I would like to admit.

I rediscovered the teachings of my Catholic faith about 6 years ago, and committed myself to Christ and what I believe to be his Church. (Please don't attack me here... this is just a review of a good book). My father was a liberal who had no faith, who used drugs and wrote bad poetry and didn't work as was bad tempered. My mom's Catholic faith presented many many answers to the questions I was having.

The reason I bring this up is that, like most of you may know, the Catholic Church has teachings on contraception that my wife and I took seriously as we became deeply committed Catholic Christians.

As we started having children (the logical outgrowth of Catholic marriage) I knew enough to keep a close eye on myself. I read the conservative Catholic books on the topic of discipline because I heard these authors on EWTN. People whom I still love and respect, like Steve Wood and Ray Guarendi, advocated and endorsed spanking for certain misbehaviors, as they contended that both Scripture and Tradition supported that stance. In fact, they seemed to imply, there was something wrong with those who didn't spank.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By John M. George on December 17, 2007
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This is an incredible book and a very useful tool, especially for first time parents like myself. My daughter is not quite 2 yet and we already using some of the methods with her and it is working great! I recommend this book to all parents or anyone who works with children.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By HdlM on October 22, 2007
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This is a fantastic and successful program. I started using it in my own house, with success, and then we started using it in the preschool where I am the director. It's simple, easy to use, and effective! I recommend it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Heiss on May 15, 2010
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Yes, this system works. It works just as long as the parents can apply it consistently.

Before you start, KNOW what is going to be the result when you get to 3. Think through how you will handle a 3 when the child is doing homework... when you are at a sporting event... when you are on the freeway...when you are at your inlaws' place... when you are in a restaurant...

Great book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christina C. Korson on June 15, 2009
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I love this book! It has given me an effective way to discipline my children with out stressing out, with out yelling, and with out losing my cool! I am a mother of 11 and only wish I had found this book sooner. I finally feel like I am in control of my own household.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Russell on February 8, 2012
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We have four foster children in our home and this book is fantastic. Although the basic concept of 1-2-3 discipline is easy, the application the authors suggest is revolutionary. I wish we had known this system when we raised our biological kids who are now in their twenties.

For me there are two key points: (1) 1-2-3 Magic is counting to 3 without emotion as the child does one, then two and then three things against the rules or does not stop breaking one rule. The key is no emotion. (2) The second key is to not lecture or reason with the child. Stop talking and just calmly give them a time out.

The book is worth buying and reading although I have shared these two critical steps because the authors provide a lot of other insights.

Every parent should read this book. It will be one of the best $10 investments you will ever make.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ebe on March 17, 2010
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I only knew about 1-2-3 Magic because the guidance counselor at an elementary school used it for parenting workshops. I bought 1-2-3 Magic 5 weeks ago. It started to work the first day and continues to work 4.5 weeks later with my 4 year old. The technique gives parents a way to control themselves as they discipline their chilren. No talking, No emotion, Just count. Encouraging comes more naturally to me, but it was still helpful to read the author's suggestions.
I was very excited by how quickly it worked. I have read 5 Chrisitan books on how to parent/discipline your child in the last 18 months. This is the easiest to implement and therefore the most effective.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Esther on August 17, 2012
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We are so happy with this book and indeed find it's recommendations to be 'Effective Discipline'! We were at our wit's end with our 7 year old after trying several methods of discipline. This book was recommended to us by a psychologist we began to see when we were truly worried that our son had problems beyond our scope to help him. I was surprised when she recommended a discipline book. I was sceptical as I had brought him up since he was a baby with discipline and I figured something deeper must be wrong with my dear son since discipline seemed ineffective. But... I purchased the book, read to chapter 6 and began immediately applying it's methods. Guess what?! We saw changes and success right away.

We feel such a load off our hearts and are so grateful that we are finally able to help our son obey us.

I recommended this book to anyone. I wish I knew about it years ago!

I purchased the video for my husband to watch as he will not read the book. Where there's a will there's a way!
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