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Rasing Kids with Help from Books.

As a mom I struggle with finding balance. Many of us do. I discovered after having my son that parenthood is full of more challenges than they tell you about. You must find a new routine for everything.

My son is now 4 and life has still full of challenges. He is full of energy, and lately my husband and I have been working on finding ways to discipline and help him focus. He tends to be overwhelmed lately when we go to martial arts when he wasn’t before. I have a feeling part of that is due to the schedule change of no longer attending day care during the week. He’s strictly home with me all the time now. I didn’t realize it would be such a huge thing for him, but we are working through it.

I was talking with my best friend over the phone this week, she lives in a completely different state, and she suggested that I check out a book called 1-2-3 Magic. She and I had read Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, ED.D., together so we’ve frequently chatted about things that would benefit our kiddos.

When I was a child, life was different. With so much social media today many moms become discouraged about what they are doing for their kids. Is it the best, could it be better? We also struggle with the ever-present mom guilt. Using books like the above mentioned have helped me try out things that either work or don’t work. I like that the info is out there though because mom communities don’t exist like they once did.

So far many of the things I’ve read in 1-2-3 Magic have been working. We specifically are using the counting method for discipline and the charting system to for start behaviors. My 4-year-old has gone from not cleaning up his room and struggling to listening to doing both. Now it doesn’t work the same for everyone and it does take a lot of work on both ends but it’s totally worth it. You can check the books out below. I had to share my thoughts on these and also if you have any feedback drop me a comment. As a mom/parent we all need to stick together.

"Everywhere you go, you keep overhearing other moms say to their misbehaving children, 'That's one. That's two. That's three.' And then you watch in disbelief as their kid actually stops!"—PopSugar Moms

Are you the parent of a strong-willed child? Is bedtime a nightly battle? Are you looking to get your kids to behave without yelling? Whether you have a toddler, preschooler, or school-aged child, this gentle parenting book can help you create a calm, happy home.

"Phelan's method has a proven track record of ending the negotiations and getting kids back on track...1-2-3 {Magic} is the gold standard of child discipline for good reason."—Library Journal STARRED

Since kids don't come with a manual, 1-2-3 Magic is the next best thing. Dr. Thomas Phelan has developed the #1 selling child discipline book in the country—a quick, simple, and scientifically proven way to parent that actually works!

Using his signature counting method, Dr. Phelan helps parents to quickly, calmly, and effectively stop behaviors like tantrums and meltdowns, whining and pouting, talking back, sibling rivalry and more in toddlers, preschoolers, and middle schoolers.

He guides parents through drama-free discipline methods that will help with:

  • Getting kids to listen

  • Dealing with difficult/spirited children

  • How to discipline a toddler

  • What to do about sibling rivalry

  • No drama when you discipline

Dr. Phelan also covers how you can easily establish positive routines with children ages 2 - 12 around:

  • Bedtime

  • Dinnertime

  • Homework

  • Getting up and out in the morning

  • and tips for strengthening your relationship with your kids

Millions of parents from all over the world have used the award-winning 1-2-3 Magic to raise happier families and put the fun back into parenting, combining love and logic to make you a more peaceful parent with a happy kid.

"1-2-3 Magic simplifies everything I've read in other books, which makes it very easy to follow. Our home has become a much more positive place."—Real parent

"I was desperate for a change in my family dynamics. This book was the answer!"—Real parent

1-2-3 Magic is one of Healthline's Best Parenting Books of 2017, a 2016 Mom's Choice Award Winner, a 2016 National Parenting Product Award Winner and a 2016 Family Choice Award Winner.

Revised third edition of the award-winning bestseller that has helped millions, now providing the most up-to-date research and even more effective, practical tips and strategies

Do you ever wonder why your child behaves the way he or she does? Are you struggling with tantrums and meltdowns? Do you find yourself getting frustrated and feeling like you’re at the end of your rope?

You are not alone! Many parents are dealing with the same challenges.

In Raising Your Spirited Child, Third Edition, beloved parenting expert Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, Ed.D., offers ALL parents and caregivers a glimpse into what makes their spirited children behave the way they do. The key word that distinguishes spirited children from other children is "more" -- more intense, more persistent, more sensitive and more uncomfortable with change.

Through vivid examples and a refreshingly positive viewpoint, this invaluable guide offers emotional support and proven strategies for handling the toughest times. Dr. Mary has devised a plan for success with a simple four-step program that will help you:

· Understand your child's and your own temperamental traits

· Cope with tantrums and blowups when they do occur, and prevent them in the future

· Develop strategies for handling mealtimes, bedtimes, holidays, school, and many other situations.

· Implement discipline to win cooperation and establish clear boundaries

· Teach your child how to be a “problem solver” and work well with others

· … and more!

Including charts and quick tips for today’s time-challenged parents, this newly updated edition of Raising Your Spirited Child will help you foster a supportive, encouraging, and loving environment for your spirited child.

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