1-2-3 Magic Toolkit
By Parent Magic Inc.
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This toolkit is the official companion to the award-winning 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12 program. Features include charts, timers, stickers, counter, stats and friendly Parenting Tips for when you're on the go. The 1-2-3 Magic book has sold over 1.3 million copies and is used all over the world by parents, grandparents, teachers, babysitters, pediatricians and mental health professionals. Get started today!
What's New in Version 1.1
Minor bug fixes
I really think this is a great app that helps me be consistent. I have read most of the book and was wondering if they would make an app, but what should I put on the charts for my husband & I?
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NO STARS. It would of been nice if they let u know that you have to read the book first before you can use the app. They tell u this after u buy it.
Happy with it, great companion to the book.
I tried this system when my kids were younger and it left me frustrated. I think my kids were too young and I never actually read the whole book, I didn't think I needed to. I just read the "cliff notes" version of information that I found online and figured that was good enough. Overall, it didn't work and I wrote off the program.
Now, a couple years later my kids just turned 4 and 5 and I am revisiting 123 Magic. I read the book in depth and am using this app along with the methods I learned in the book. I am pleased to say it is working! I think last time I tried this program I counted for everything, not just "start" behavior, which is tempting to do. That is probably a key difference, along with my kids being a little older.
Also, I don't start the timer until my kids are quiet. I will just sit down at their bedroom door without looking at them and browse at the parenting tips while waiting for them to settle down. It's a good reminder for me to stay on task and stick with the program. My suggestion to the app developers is to make an option for the timer to be visible (a red pie graph that gets smaller and smaller) like other timer apps out there.
Overall, it's a fair, solid system and the app/book combo is well worth your investment of $10-15 to ease the chaos at home. From the reviews I have read online, it seems the tree-hugging, attachment parenting hippies think 123 Magic is not gentle enough and the program disregards a child's emotions. On the other hand, the uber-conservative fundamentalist spare-the-rod-spoil-the-child crowd thinks time-outs are for sissies. Good thing we're just a middle of the road, mainstream American family who can appreciate 123 Magic's simplicity and effectiveness. As long as it WORKS it's fine by me.