1-2-3 Magic Workbook

This companion workbook to 1-2-3 Magic takes parents carefully through the program in a way that maximises understanding, encourages constructive self-evaluation, and provides for systematic planning of parenting strategies.

 This successful, straightforward program has guided parents through the difficult task of raising competent and happy children for more than 20 years and shows mothers and fathers how to achieve three crucial parenting objectives—

  • controlling obnoxious behaviour
  • encouraging good behaviour
  • strengthening the parent-child relationship

The program's simple steps are explained in greater detail and each workbook chapter contains:-

  • a summary
  • questions about the content
  • case studies
  • troubleshooting exercises
  •  wrap-up bullet points

In addition to providing material for parents, this guide includes curricula and activities for group leaders and teachers as well as tactics for addressing the challenges that commonly arise when trainers teach the method in group environments.

Extensive reference and resource sections also suggest further research and follow-up study.


Thomas W. Phelan, PhD, is a member of the Illinois and American Psychological Associations and the author of 1-2-3 Magic, All About Attention Deficit Disorder, and Surviving Your Adolescents. He lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Tracy M. Lewis, BA, is a family resource coordinator for the Richmond public school system, a family educator for Commonwealth Parenting, and a former elementary school teacher and preschool director. She lives in Richmond, Virginia.


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