Does 1-2-3 Magic really work?
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Are you having trouble with discipline? Don’t even know where to start? We have a threenager, so we feel you!
Being that we were recently in the same exact place as you are and read several books, several blogs, and articles. We even asked our pediatrician. Nothing was working.
Strong-willed children will throw tantrums, they will hit, yell, smart talk back and the list goes on and on. As a mother, you lose patience and don’t know what to do. Honestly, you probably end up crying most of the time! That’s no fun for anyone.
We found 123 Magic. Recommended to us by a good friend that also had very strong-willed little boys. It’s just that… MAGIC!
The short answer is yes!
Does 1-2-3 Magic really work? I could sit here and just simply say yes. It works! But that would not be of much help to you, would it? I do want to help save you all of that time doing hours and days and even weeks of research for a discipline technique that will work for your strong-willed child.
Instead of giving you the simple short answer, I will elaborate!
Why and How does it work?
123 Magic is actually quite a quick read! You might have very young children and can wait a while before reading the chapters on disciplining older children. Or it might be the other way around! You have older children and can skip through the “terrible two” chapters since you’re already past that stage.
If you don’t have time to read? How about you listen? On your way to/from work, have it on during the day at home. Audiobooks are in, and here’s your chance to try it out. To/from work is the only time I have to “read” or LISTEN to such books!
123 Magic is different. It is SO DIFFERENT. It is not about gentle parenting, it does involve saying no, but does NOT involve an elaborate lecture or yelling/raising your voice as a parent.
The difference is that it promotes discipline in a quick and easy “123” method. Yes. It is exactly what it says, it’s counting to three. Do you know how powerful this can be?
Pretty darn powerful
For 123 Magic to work, you, as a parent, need to follow through. You cannot make “threats” that you are not able to follow through with, and when you reach the number three, the discipline must be carried out.
Let me tell you, we lucked out with time outs. Time outs do not work for everyone all of the time. Some days the discipline will be taking away the toy that’s causing the issue, not eating dessert, or not letting them do something they really enjoy doing.
1-2-3 Magic Summary
Does 1-2-3 Magic really work? It is literally counting, it’s exactly what it sounds like. 1. 2. 3. Take 5. That’s it. No explanation except for a short “no, we do not do that” or whatever it may be. When your toddler is testing the limits, this is the book you need to read ASAP and implement as quickly as possible.
Then follow through with the consequence, do NOT elaborate. Kids have a short attention span and most likely will not remember your 5-minute lecture on why we do not hit.
Let it go, move on to the next activity or discussion. This is the general idea of 123 Magic. It works for our family LIKE A CHARM! Every child is different, what works for us might not work for your family.
But say… if it does not work, you’re out about 10 bucks. For a trial run on discipline? I’d say that’s a pretty darn good deal.
The key for 123 Magic to work, is to follow through.
Get me the book now!
The great thing is that you do not need to spend a whole bunch of time reading this book, you can download the audiobook version for a cheap price, less than 10 bucks!
If you enjoy reading, you can get the book too. Electronic on your kindle or even paperback! Now you have the short answer and the long answer, does 1-2-3 Magic really work? Yes, it does, but you, mom and dad, need to read and follow-through.
Good luck mama, and Cheers to you!