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1-2-3 Magic for Kids
Helping Your Children Understand the New Rules
By Thomas W. Phelan, Tracy M. Lewis, Ron Villani
ParentMagic, Inc.Copyright © 2008 ParentMagic, Inc.
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What is 1-2-3 Magic?
Rachel was in her backyard, sliding down the sliding board on her swing set. She loved to slide! Her best friend, Maddie, who lived right next door, loved to slide, too. The girls liked it when their mothers took them to the park around the corner because there was the longest, most slippery sliding board in the world right in their own neighborhood.
Rachel and Maddie had lived next door to each other since they were little babies. In fact, Rachel couldn't remember a time when Maddie's family wasn't right on the other side of her backyard fence! They were in second grade together. They both loved their teacher and were so happy to be in the same class!
Even when they weren't in school, the two girls were always together. They loved to ride their bikes, play games, and have sleepovers. Sleepovers were their favorite! They usually stayed at Rachel's house when they spent the night together because Maddie's Mom and Dad yelled an awful lot. It made Rachel's tummy hurt when that happened. Maddie's parents were nice people, but she didn't like screaming at all. It reminded her of her own mom before she started using 1-2-3 Magic.
One day, as Rachel was sliding down her sliding board in her backyard, she could hear yelling through the open windows at Maddie's house. She didn't know what was going on.
First, she heard Maddie yelling and then her Mom yelling. Then Maddie was yelling LOUDER and then her Mom was yelling even LOUDER THAN THAT! Suddenly, their back door flew open and Maddie came running out into her backyard. She was crying really, really hard. Rachel wondered why Maddie was so upset! She jumped the fence between their houses very quickly to get to her friend.
"What's wrong, Maddie?" asked Rachel.
"My Mom is so mean!" wailed Maddie.
"What did she do?" Rachel asked.
Maddie said, "She told me that I had to clean my room before we could go to my grandma's this afternoon. It's Saturday morning! I don't WANT to clean my room! She said that our weekend was going to be busy, so I had to do it right now!
I yelled that I was NOT going to do it and went in my room and slammed the door. Then, Mommy came in and started screaming at me that I had better clean my room or I'd be in really big trouble."
"Telling you to clean up your room isn't that mean," Rachel said.
"No, I guess that wasn't so mean. The mean part was when she yelled at me," said Maddie. Her face looked so sad.
"Didn't you yell at her first?" Rachel asked.
"I don't care. She's still MEAN!" Maddie argued.
"Yeah, I don't like to be yelled at, either. My Mom used to yell all the time before we started 1-2-3 Magic," said Rachel.
"1-2-3 Magic? What's that?" Maddie asked.
"1-2-3 Magic is a nice way for parents to get kids to behave. We've been doing it at our house for a long time. I really like it. I didn't at first, but now everyone in my family is a whole lot nicer. I'm really glad that my Mom and Dad both use it!" Rachel said.
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