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1-2-3 Magic by Thomas W. Phelan
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Jul 21, 09

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Read in January, 2005

I think it's time to review this book. My husband keeps catching me being inconsistent... Instead of just counting 1-2-3 (or in dramatic cases shortening the number of reminders), I look at the situation and think "How long should it reasonably take my child to do what I'm asking him?" And if it should be done in 30 sec I've often started counting to 30. This is *not* what Phelan advocates, and although I might get the immediate task at hand accomplished, I don't think my children appreciate the "ticking clock" that I have too often become! Anyway, thought it might give some of you a laugh to read a "What not to do!" from my own parenting journey!
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