Mar 092011

1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 by Thomas W Phelan
Rating: 4/5
Source: Local library
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website, Book website

Using three easy steps, this book describes an easy method to discipline your kids. Easy to understand, but difficult to follow. The trick is to remain calm and keep your emotions under control. Bad behaviour is counted, 1-2-3 Timeout.

At one point the author tells the parent to stop thinking of children as little adults. Think of them as little wild animals. After that point, all I could think of was Caesar Millan, Dog Whisperer and his no touch, no talk, no eye contact rules. Because that is essentially what this discpline structure has you do once your kid reaches the timeout stage.

That being said, I think this is probably a very effective method, when done correctly. And that is the key. The parent has to remain calm, keep their mouth shut, and be consistent. Much harder said than done.

But I think this is something we will try at home. If only because it is so simple, and once the initial push back is over, it should be smooth sailing.

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