1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children , 3rd Edition by Thomas W. Phelan PhD

By Thomas W. Phelan PhD

The award-winning, top promoting '1-2-3 Magic' publication offers functional and easy-to-learn parenting thoughts that paintings for kids a long time 2-12. you will not have to learn baby psychology to appreciate the 3 uncomplicated steps within the software and get effects fast! Step 1: keep an eye on Obnoxious Behaviour. study an easy strategy to get your children to prevent doing what you do not need them to do (whining, arguing, tantrums, sibling competition, etc.); Step 2: inspire sturdy Behaviour. study numerous powerful ways to get your children to begin doing what you do wish them to do (cleaning rooms, going to mattress, homework, etc.); Step three: increase Relationships. study 4 strong recommendations that strengthen your bond together with your little ones. additionally, you will find out how to deal with the Six varieties of checking out and Manipulation, easy methods to deal with misbehaviour in public and the way to prevent the Talk-Persuade-Argue-Yell-Hit Syndrome.

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How do you do that? You start by changing your thinking about children and by getting rid of the Little Adult Assumption. ” Although it’s a little exaggerated and may sound strange, think of it like this: Instead of imagining your kids as little adults, think of yourself as a wild animal trainer! We don’t mean, of course, using whips, guns or chairs. CAUTION And we certainly don’t mean being nasty. One explanation, if really But what does a wild animal trainer do? He necessary, is fine. chooses a method—which is largely nonverbal— It’s the attempts at repeated explanations and repeats it until the “trainee” does what he, the that get adults and kids trainer, wants.

Once again, if your discipline comes down to this level, you look stupid and so does your approach. A second alternative is to block the child’s exit with the kind of gate that squeezes against the door jambs. These gates can be used as long as the children are not able to either climb over or knock down the device. Yet another option is to start the time out over if the child comes out prematurely. Some parents will then double the time of the second rest period. This method, of course, won’t be much help with two- or threeyear-olds because they won’t understand, but with older children it can work well.

15. Does being counted hurt the child’s self-esteem? Most kids aren’t counted a lot, so the mere quantity of counts is usually not a problem. Once you’ve gotten started at home, many children will not get any counts for days at a time. In a regular education classroom, on an average day, fewer than five children will get any count at all. For those children who do get counted more often, if you are doing the 1-2-3 correctly, there should be no significant threat of hurting self-esteem. What will hurt youngsters’ self-esteem is all the yelling, arguing, name-calling, belittling, sarcasm or hitting you may do if you don’t control yourself and do the program right.

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