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January 2017

1-2-3 Magic Ask the Expert: What Do I Do My Child Apologizes at the Count of Three?

January 31, 2017 2730 Views No comments

Question of the Week:

What happens if you get to 3, say time out and your child says I'm sorry? How long do you keep on using the kitchen timer for? And how long should you set it for?

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1-2-3 Magic Ask the Expert: Tips for Staying Calm With Your Children

January 20, 2017 2536 Views No comments

Question of the Week:

We have a 5 year old girl and an 8 year old boy. We've been trying to do 1-2-3 Magic for many months. My wife and I have a hard time staying patient, and especially after telling the kids the same thing several times over, we find ourselves raising our voices. I know that we are basically having a tantrum ourselves and that it's counterproductive, but we still struggle. Can you offer any tips to help stay calm even when you're tired and frustrated?

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Dealing with Sibling Rivalry (One Mommy's Adventures - Guest Post)

January 12, 2017 11588 Views 3 comments

My kids are fourteen and sixteen and are graduates of 1-2-3 Magic, which isn't surprising, as I have co-written two of the companion books to the original 1-2-3 Magic! I've been doing this parenting thing for quite some time and I will tell you that the behavior that my kids exhibit that drives me the most bonkers is fighting with each another. I've never been a fan of conflict. In my own life, I tend to avoid it (for better or worse!) like the plague. Since I try not to engage in battle myself, it makes me slightly nuts to listen to my kids engaging in it with one another. I can't stand it.

I have good news and bad news for you regarding sibling rivalry. Bad news first—you simply cannot eliminate it completely. Believe me, I've tried. Siblings have been going at each other since the dawn of time (Cain and Abel, anyone??). Siblings will continue to go at each other until the end of time. My two teenagers still regularly spar.

Now, having said all of that, I do have some good news for you! While you can't eliminate this behavior from your children's repertoire, you can manage it. You can keep their little spats from escalating into all out wars. I have some tips that will help you.

1-2-3 Magic Ask the Expert: Can 1-2-3 Magic Be Used With Large Families

January 12, 2017 2071 Views No comments

Question of the Week:

I have the book 1-2-3 Magic. Where in the book does it address large families with multiple children?

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1-2-3 Magic Ask the Expert: How Can I Stop My Child From Cursing

January 4, 2017 1896 Views No comments

Question of the Week:

My 2 year old cusses! If I pay it any mind he says it more... if I don't he still continues to say it. It's the absolute worst word too. He learned from his oldest brother. Trying to nip this in the bud ASAP as I plan to start him in preschool around 3 next summer and definitely do not want him cussing.

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