1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12

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Scientific Rating:
Promising Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents.

Target Population: Parents, grandparents, teachers, babysitters, and other caretakers working with children

For children/adolescents ages: 2 – 12

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 2 – 12

Brief Description

1-2-3 Magic is a group format discipline program for parents of children approximately 2-12 years of age. The program can be used with average or special needs children. 1-2-3 Magic divides the parenting responsibilities into three straightforward tasks: controlling negative behavior, encouraging good behavior, and strengthening the child-parent relationship. The program seeks to encourage gentle, but firm, discipline without arguing, yelling, or spanking.

Program Goals:

The overall goals of 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 are:

  • Parents/caregivers will:
    • Be able to use one simple tactic to manage obnoxious behavior without arguing, yelling, or spanking
    • Be able to use six different tactics for encouraging routines for positive behavior
    • Master four strategies for strengthening relationships with their children
    • Understand how to recognize and manage the six kinds of testing and manipulation
    • Learn appropriate expectations for children's behavior

Contact Information

Thomas W. Phelan, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Parent Magic, Inc.
Website: www.123magic.com
Phone: (630) 790-9600
Fax: (630) 469-4571

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2014

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2006