1-2-3 Magic (Book)

Effective Discipline for Children 2 to 12

The award-winning, best selling 1-2-3 Magic 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."


Author: Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.
Publisher: ParentMagic, Inc.
Format: Book, paperback, 208 pages
1-2-3 Magic (Video)

Effective Discipline for Children 2 to 12

This informative video, featuring Dr. Phelan`s entertaining seminar presentation and real-life family vignettes, provides easy-to-learn techniques that will teach you how to manage difficult behavior, as well as testing and manipulation, without arguing, yelling or spanking.

Teach your kids to STOP:
  • Arguing
  • Whining
  • Tantrums
  • Pouting
  • Yelling
  • Fighting
  • Teasing
  • Disrespect

Also learn how to avoid the Talk-Persuade-Argue-Yell-Hit Syndrome, deal with the Six Kinds of Testing and Manipulation, handle misbehavior in public, exercise self-control and be an effective, yet gentle, disciplinarian.


Author: Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.
Publisher: ParentMagic, Inc.
Available Formats: Video, 120 minutes

More 1-2-3 Magic

Encouraging Good Behavior, Independence, and Self-Esteem

In addition to controlling difficult behavior, parents need to know how to encourage good behavior so they can enjoy their children and relate to them with warmth and affection. In More 1-2-3 Magic, Dr. Phelan explains how to get your children to do the good things you want them to do, such as getting up and out in the morning, eating, going to bed and--this will warm your heart!--picking up after themselves. You will also learn practical, down-to-earth strategies for encouraging your children's growing independence and for promoting reasonable, healthy self-esteem. During More 1-2-3 Magic you'll enjoy having some good laughs--both at yourself and at parenting, in general. But most important, you will learn how to raise competent, responsible and happy kids.

More 1-2-3 Magic covers:  
  • 3 parental qualities that foster competence in kids
  • How to encourage and respect your child's growing independence
  • 10 strategies for building self-esteem
  • Up and out in the morning
  • How to get your kids to pick up after themselves
  • Making mealtimes more enjoyable
  • How to avoid Homework Civil Wars
  • Going to bed and staying there!
  • Family meetings: obnoxious, but effective.
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Author: Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D.
Publisher: Child Management, Inc., 2000
Available Formats: VHS, 120 minutes; DVD, 120 minutes

10 Minute Life Lessons for Kids

52 playful and easy to understand activities to help parents teach children moral lessons that they won't forget.

A child says, "I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand." 10-Minute Life Lessons for Kids is a book about seeing and doing - a book that gives parents the ability to teach the powerful principles of honesty, trust, generosity, love, and other values. Children will discover the objectives themselves as they actively participate in fun games and activities.

The games can be done in any order, with very little planning and with very few supplies--just common objects most people have around the house like toothpicks, string, pennies, or an apple. Some can be done while riding in the car, and others can be expanded to fill a whole evening with family fun.

The activities in 10-Minute Life Lessons for Kids will not only create cozy and enjoyable moments of family togetherness, they will have a lasting impact on your growing child.


Author: Jamie C. Miller
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks, 2008
Format: Book, paperback, 240 pages
101 Activities for Kids in Tight Spaces
You can never have enough space. And if you can't, just think of your kids--all the time they have to spend in tight spaces--like cars, planes, trains, the doctor's office, the grocery store, being sick or housebound, waiting in line. Kids need room to move around, but there are many times when they just plain can't have it. 

While raising two exuberant boys, teaching preschool, leading Cub Scouts, and running a birthday party business, Carol Kranowitz came up with savvy, creative ways to keep kids content in tight spaces. Her activity ideas combine old standbys with new ones born of desperation and cramped quarters. They follow a philosophy that helps kids develop their different skills and abilities while entertaining themselves and interacting.

You'll find great projects for every imaginable small space parents and children encounter:  
  • Fun Food for Tiny Kitchens: Ants on a Log, Footprints in the Snow, and Aiken Drum Faces
  • In the Urban Community: Windowsill Garden, Bug Jar, and Corn-on-the-Sponge
  • When the Walls Seem to Be Closing In: Pillow Crashing, People Sandwich, and Teeter-Totter

When what you've got is a small space and a restless child, what you need are 101 ingenious solutions--right away. Here they are--easy to implement, creative fun for the three to seven-year-old - activities that can turn tough moments into teachable, terrific ones.
 


Author: Carol Stock Kranowitz, MA
Publisher: St. Martin`s Griffin / New York, A Skylight Press Book, 1995
Format: Book, paperback, 162 pages

200 Ways to Raise a Boy`s Emotional Intelligence

An Indispensable Guide for Parents, Teachers and Other Concerned Caregivers

This delightful little book provides straightforward advice and helpful guidelines for anyone who wants to help the kids they love build positive self-images and develop full, exuberant lives.


Author: Will Glennon
Publisher: Conari Press, 2000
Format: Book, paperback, 208 pages
365 Manners Kids Should Know

Games, Activities, and Other Fun Ways to Help Children Learn Etiquette

Sheryl Eberly’s 365 Manners Kids Should Know gives clever and insightful advice for the myriad of situations where consideration counts, but is sometimes forgotten. Using her smart one-manner-a-day format, parents, grandparents, and even aunts and uncles can find practical ways to teach basic manners, such as:
 
  • How to address elders when being introduced
  • How to write a thank-you note
  • The polite way to answer the telephone
  • How to accept and decline an invitation
  • What is expected at formal occasions such as weddings, funerals, and religious services

Full of role-playing exercises, games, and other activities that parents can do with their children, 365 Manners Kids Should Know helps parents and other caregivers understand not only what manners to teach, but also how—and at what ages—to present them. Most important, 365 Manners Kids Should Know makes learning manners fun.


Author: Sheryl Eberly
Publisher: Three Rivers Press, 2001
Format: Book, paperback, 320 pages

A Fine Young Man

What Parents, Mentors and Educators Can Do To Shape Adolescent Boys Into Exceptional Men

This book explores the unseen problems and marvels of male adolescents, showing parents, teachers, and mentors how to shepherd boys through the challenging ages of ten to twenty.

With practical, step-by-step advice, therapist Michael Gurian helps parents and educators confront the most common moral and emotional dilemmas of adolescent boyhood. Gurian answers tough questions about the challenges boys face, exploring the hidden biology of the adolescent male, the development of his emotions and body, his sense of safety within the family, and his journey of independence outside it. Illunimating the inner lives of both highly functioning and troubled boys, A Fine Young Man is a comprehensive and deeply insightful guide for anyone who cares for an adolescent boy.


Author: Michael Gurian
Publisher: Jeremy P. Tarcher/Putnam, 1998
Format: Book, paperback, 275 pages
Ages and Stages

Knowing What to Expect When

Each child grows at his or her own pace. This program presents behaviors you can expect from your preschool age children and effective techniques that really work.


Publisher: The Bureau for At-Risk Youth, 1996
Format: 1 Video, 20 minutes running time
Because I Said So!

Family Squabbles How to Handle Them

A Go Parents! guide

For parents everywhere whose kids complain about helping around the house, stall over homework, and bicker with one another, help is at hand. With compassion and humor, this book takes on the most common points of kid-induced friction—those altercations and annoying behaviors that drive parents most nuts—and offers quick, practical how-to advice for how to handle them. It explains to parents how to navigate everyday challenges, from helping kids learn responsibility for their possessions to getting them to stop tattling, whining, and using disrespectful language. Complete with solutions, helpful hints, and interesting bits of information, this indispensable guide offers exasperated parents the emotional support and reassurance they need to reduce friction and increase communication in the household.


Authors: Lauri Berkenkamp Steven C. Atkins, Psy.D.
Publisher: Nomad Press, 2003
Format: Book, paperback, 103 pages
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