Thomas W. Phelan Ph.D. - 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12

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  • Works "Out Of The Box" for 4/5 Families!

    Jul 18, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to read and implement. Works sell for MANY kids and parents.
    Cons: Does not work well with more severe behaviors that require more intensive interventions.

    Summary: As a therapist working, primarily, with children and families for nearly 30 years, finding materials that parents can read and use is an ongoing struggle. Some years back, I came across an earlier edition of this book and have used it, successfully, ... read more

  • PERFECT!!!

    Apr 2, 2008 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Perfect reminder of the BEST method to REACT, then handle most all broad general behaviors.
    Cons: PARENTS will either NOT DO IT, or NOT DO IT RIGHT.

    Summary: I am a stay-at-home-mom of 4 boys all within 2 years apart. And...while they were all very little, our rented townhouse back patio was smack dab on the public playground courtyard. So for 4 years I was a free babysitter to MANY children's un-escapeable ... read more

  • Works if you Work it!

    Jun 9, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It does work
    Cons: It is alot easier said than done!

    Summary: I got this book from my sons preschool last year. I had heard bad things from every parent who had tried the program so my attitude towards it wasn't great. Once I got past the first chapter I knew instantly that this was a system I would love to use. I ... read more

  • Mixed Feelings About the "Magic"

    Feb 26, 2007 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: 1-2-3 followed by consequences works for child discipline.
    Cons: Most parents already do this; the book & videos are unnecessary and not even realistic.

    Summary: Initially, I picked up this book because our children's school requires "Parent Involvement Hours", and they decided to let us parents choose from a list of pre-approved books to read, test on for comprehension, and thereby gain those coveted hours to ... read more

  • Effective, but needs the GROUP approach

    Dec 10, 2006 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to read, easy to implement, and (usually) it works.
    Cons: Won't work well if you're the only one doing it; but still worth reading.

    Summary: My three year old son is a smart, and somewhat reasonable kid, for a three year old. But he's three, and he's a LOT less interested in pleasing mom (and dad, and preschool teacher, and...) than was his sister, who is eleven. So when a friend ... read more

  • No long term solution

    Jun 13, 2006 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: It's not as bad as some other parenting books out there.
    Cons: It's not too expensive

    Summary: I really have a problem with the control aspect of this type of parenting. Time outs and seclusion are not an OK thing to do when it comes to my children. The whole 'Thats one..' (supposed to stop bad behavior in it's track thing..well, it's bull) So ... read more

  • STILL have to go to 3 a lot..

    Jan 29, 2004 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good for the average toddler
    Cons: Not that great for very strong willed children

    Summary: We bought this book when my son was a little over 2 years old. He was having daily temper tantrums and we just didn't know how to deal with him anymore. After I read the book and explained the deal to my husband we started using it and we felt like we ... read more

  • Recommend to parents again and again

    Aug 19, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Read it in 2 hours; use it immediately. Simple and effective.
    Cons: Works for most, not all.

    Summary: I am writing this review from a parent's perspective and a therapists perspective because I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! I am a school social worker and parents ask me all the time how to handle discipline problems at home. For most kids 2 to 12, this will do ... read more

  • Presto-Chango, My Daughter LISTENS to Me!

    Jul 23, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It works! It really works!
    Cons: Sometimes hard to "count" without talking and emotion, but totally worth it.

    Summary: When I bought this book, I was at my wits end with my almost 3 year old's behavior. She didn't listen, threw tantrums in public places, and worst of all, when she would get her hands on something she wasn't supposed to have, she'd run away with it and ... read more

  • It works, it really works!

    Mar 12, 2001 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: It works
    Cons: You have to remember it and be consistent which can be hard

    Summary: I was recommended this book by my daughter's Pediatrician, so I went out and purchased it out of curiosity. Believe it or not, it really works! Now my daughter knows that when I get to 2 that 3 is coming and she will be placed in her bedroom ... read more

  • Even I can count to 3!

    Oct 17, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It works!
    Cons: None

    Summary: I can count to 3. This means I can be a parent. I can even be an effective parent when it comes to discipline. So can you! Basic Training for Parents I am trained as a Marriage and Family therapist and I work daily with parents ... read more

  • Magic you can believe in!

    Mar 22, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to read and follow
    Cons: none that I've found yet

    Summary: About eight or nine months ago, a friend of mine recommended this book to me. She told me that her son's preschool was using this discipline method and she had started it at home as well. She was very impressed with the results ~ her then 2.5-yr-old ... read more

  • Learn to use magic!

    Jan 24, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: This book gives you a method that does work if you do it consistently.
    Cons: You do feel like you are counting all the time. You may have to review the book to reinforce what you are trying to learn.

    Summary: There isn't a parent in the world who would sometimes like to know some magic to get children to do as they want them to without the major hassles, arguments and fuss. Here is an excellent book to help keep the peace in the house. It gives parents ... read more

  • 1-2-3 Magic brought back the peace!

    Jan 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: IT WORKS!
    Cons: None with the program, only in my failure to count soon enough.

    Summary: My biggest problem with raising my daughter so far has been the fact that she doesnt listen and that she doesnt take me seriously when I tell her than she is going to get into trouble. Who could blame her? I was very wishy-washy when it came to ... read more

  • Kids Listen after this book!!

    Jan 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: watch your children transform .
    Cons: it takes time to work .

    Summary: I have three children and the middle one has always been a pusher with the book 1-2-3- magic my children are transformed. they listen 90% of the time and I have little fights with my children any more My daughter now takes no for an answer and It even ... read more

  • Make parenting fun and easy!

    Jan 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: IT WORKS!!!!!!!!
    Cons: I really havent found any cons except that sometimes I might forget to count

    Summary: This book is so great as far as a method of discipline goes! We had so many problems with my son just NOT listening, and unfortunately I found myself yelling and frustrated a lot. I heard about the book from other parents on an email loop and thought I ... read more

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