Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Book Review - 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children Ages 2-12
The award-winning, best-selling 1-2-3 Magic book provides practical and easy-to-learn parenting techniques that WORK for children ages 2-12. You won't need to study child psychology to understand the three simple steps in the program and get results quickly!
Step 1: Control Obnoxious Behavior. Learn a simple technique to get your kids to STOP doing what you don't want them to do (whining, arguing, tantrums, sibling rivalry, etc.).
Step 2: Encourage Good Behavior. Learn several effective methods to get your kids to START doing what you do want them to do (cleaning rooms, going to bed, homework, etc.).
Step 3: Strengthen Relationships. Learn four powerful techniques that reinforce your bond with your children.
You will also learn how to manage the Six Kinds of Testing and Manipulation, how to handle misbehavior in public and how to avoid the Talk-Persuade-Argue-Yell-Hit Syndrome.
Other topics include "When Do You Talk?", "Overparenting" and "Real Magic: One-On-One Fun."
1-2-3 Magic is also available as a DVD and an audio CD. Spanish language editions in all formats are also available.
My Take on the Book
As I have mentioned in the past, we have a five year old that can be a hand full and her sister (who is 2) is starting to learn some of the same habits. We have tried a number of different approaches to deal with some of the behavioral issues that we see in Diva-J but after a certain point the approaches tend to lose their effect, so we are always on the lookout for new things to try.
In some situations our girls are very well behaved, but in others, they definitely need some assistance (as do we as parents). I had heard good things about this book, so I was excited to read it and try out the principles. Some of the things in the book we were already doing, while others were definitely new. At this point, the techniques do seem to be making a difference and I am hopeful that as we continue with this, it will only continue.
One of the tactics that the book talks about is counting to three. I have been using this technique in a different way, but I liked how this book examined and explained this concept. It gave me some new insights and reminded me of some others that I had tried in the past that I plan to revisit again now after reading this.
If this book sounds like one you would like in your own library you can find it on Amazon!
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