There have been many books written about effective discipline in children but few as popular as Dr Tom Phelan’s 1-2-3 Magic. In this episode we talk with Dr Phelan and draw upon his decades of experience helping families. We discover that 1-2-3 Magic is about much more than simply counting. We delve into why this simple technique works – how it allows children to know when they have not met an expectation. It then gives them the opportunity to turn it around before facing a consequence. But Dr Phelan’s method is about so much more. It also promotes positive (or “start”) behaviours and advises on how to develop a healthy long-term relationship with your child. If you’ve ever been frustrated by constant negative interactions with your child, and want to turn it around so that you love being home, this episode is for you.

1-2-3 Magic is a technique popularized in the book of the same name. It has sold over 2 million copies. It  has helped parents navigate difficult parent-child interactions, including temper tantrums. The book is about more than just counting to 3. It also explains how to encourage positive behaviours and how to promote healthy long-lasting relationships with your child.

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