Self-help that works: Resources to Improve Emotional Health and Strengthen Relationships (fourth ed.).
New York: Oxford University Press.
1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12
(2010) by Thomas W. Phelan This humorous book takes the reader through the 1-2-3 disciplinary approach with colorful and applicable illustrations. How to successfully start behaviours (e.g., cleaning room) and stop them
(e.g., tantrums) are clearly described. The false assumption that the child is a little adult and the big mistakes parents make of showing too much emotion and explaining too much are played out in light hearted but all too familiar scenarios. Phelan demonstrates established behavioural and Adlerian principles in novel ways. Updated every few years, this book has obtained deserved commercial success and impressive sales of more than a million copies.
The book is written to instruct parents in accomplishing the program, but also to demonstrate empathic support of the challenges confronted by contemporary families. Reprinted with permission ParentMagic Inc.