1-2-3 Magic Ask the Expert: How Can I Stop my Child From Hitting When They Don't Get Their Way?

1-2-3 Magic Ask the Expert: How Can I Stop my Child From Hitting When They Don't Get Their Way?

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"I've been using 1-2-3 Magic for about 6 months and it's been really effective in getting my 6 year old to improve his behavior. However, when he is ver angry and doesn't get his own way he his me. I give him an automatic 3 and timeout/consequence but he is continuing to hit me when he can't have his own way (this is happening about twice a week). Do you have any other advice or an alternative strategy that I could try?

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About Dr. Phelan

Dr. Thomas Phelan is a registered clinical psychologist and creator of the popular and effective 1-2-3 Magic parenting program. He has worked with children and families for 35 years, and his 1-2-3 Magic parenting guide has sold 1.8 million copies worldwide.

October 7, 2016
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