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This book is great for the new parent learning, the frustrated parent at their wits end, or the seasoned parent looking for a few new ideas.” — David

1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting (6th Edition)

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Named a Best Parenting Book of 2017 by

2016 Mom’ Choice Award Winner

2016 Family Choice Award Winner

2016 National Parenting Product Award Winner


1-2-3 Magic is simple, easy to learn, and it works.


1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting provides easy-to-learn parenting techniques and practical advice for parents of children ages 2–12.

This award-winning, bestselling book in a new edition, is now even easier to use with an updated internal design that is user-friendly and has more visual interest. The 6th Edition is more engaging and browse-able for the reader. We’ve also added a handy new index.

The world’s simplest and most effective parenting program is all right here! 

The newly updated edition now includes:

  • Part I: Building a Solid Foundation for Parenting
  • Part II: Controlling Obnoxious Behavior: Parenting Job 1
  • Part III: Managing Testing and Manipulation
  • Part IV: Encouraging Good Behavior: Parenting Job 2
  • Part V: Strengthening Your Relationship with Your Children: Parenting Job 3
  • Part VI: Enjoying Your New Family Life
  • Details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • Trim Size: 6" x 9"
  • Page Count: 288

About Author

A registered clinical psychologist, Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D. has worked with children, adults and families for over 35 years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Illinois Psychological Association.

In addition to writing and producing, Dr. Phelan maintains an active schedule of international lectures, and is a frequent guest on radio and television. His articles appear in numerous regional and national publications. Dr. Phelan received his Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago in 1970 after completing his internship at the Loyola Child Guidance Center. He worked at the DuPage County Mental Health Center until 1972 and then entered private practice.

He has also served on the boards of directors for both ADDA and CHADD, two national organizations for the parents of children with ADD/ADHD. He was inducted into the CHADD Hall of Fame in 1997.

What Readers are Saying

Average Rating:
4.9 (based on 10 reviews)

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Sarah, MN
10/279/2017 10/07/2017
  • 5.0
Really Works!
“We were amazed at how quickly this book worked with our kids. My husband and I are both educators and had tried everything. But, this made a real difference. We are really a happier family.”
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    • more than 3 year(s)
    12/345/2017 12/12/2017
    • 5.0
    Wonderful book and program!
    I love the 1-2-3 Magic program! I work with children and families and over the last 12 years I have purchased the book over and over again for support for parents. It's simple, but gently nudges parents to be mindful of their own behavior and choices and to stay calm when following through. My husband and I have used the ideas with our own children as well. Love it!!!
      Bottom Line:
      Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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      • more than 2 year(s)
      08/214/2018 08/03/2018
      • 5.0
      Easy to Read, Easy to Implement!
      This book is so simple to read and by the end of it, simple to implement. Our 3 year old is taking to the 1 2 3 Magic method so much better than we had anticipated after my husband and I struggled to find common ground while disciplining and praising him. We still get to 3 sometimes, but he is starting to really understand that there are consequences for his actions, which is basically the foundation of the program. My husband and I are very happy to finally be on the same page after implementing this magic with our son and we look forward to continued success with our second child.
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        03/64/2018 03/06/2018
        • 5.0
        Saved our sanity and our relationship with our kid
        After years of battle beginning when my daughter was nearly 3, we sought counseling and this book was recommended by our family psychologist. We were afraid our daughter had something severely wrong. We were losing it. When I read this book I thought to myself “ no way that’ll work”. But we had to try something. After just a couple weeks things were sooo much better and I couldn’t believe it. A real family saver here. It really helped us learn to deal with our child and taught her self control. Don’t wait too long... read this book try the methods... really try them... see what happens...
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          • more than 2 year(s)
          07/184/2018 07/04/2018
          • 4.0
          Like it
          So far so good
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