Michelle received her undergraduate degree in Speech-Language Pathology
and Audiology in 1993 and a masters degree in Communication Disorders in
1995 from the University of Texas at Dallas. She completed her
internship at Medical City Dallas Hospital and earned her Certificate of
Clinical Competence (CCC) in 1996 from the American
Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Her most memorable case of
therapy involved "Kay" - a two year old found a the bottom of a swimming
pool. Seeing the dedication of Kay's mother to the recovery of her
severely brain damaged child, Michelle developed an early and profound
respect for all Mothers. In 2000, Michelle took a break from working to
start her own family, having three girls in five years. Immersed in all
things "Mommy", Michelle decided to write a book dedicated to people
just like her: confused, amazed, exhausted, guilt-ridden, and baffled on
what-to-do-next. Journey with her as she writes with empathy ("..while I
write this very sentence, my child is trying to tear her crib apart in a
raging, screaming, fit..."), dedication to getting tough ("Throw that
guilt monster out the window, girlfriend!") and a professional eye for
what really works in toddler discipline. Teaming up with Dr. Rita
Chandler, a Nationally Certified expert in behavior, Michelle decodes
the technical aspect of steps to improving problem behavior, but stays
devoted to teaching discipline techniques with the emotions of
caregivers in mind.
• One of Healthline's Best Parenting Books of 2017
• 2016 Mom's Choice Award Winner
• 2016 National Parenting Product Award Winner
• 2016 Family Choice Award Winner
"1-2-3 Magic made parenting fun again."
"My three-year-old has become a different little girl, and she is so much happier now."
"All I have to say is that the ideas in this book really WORK! It really is like magic!"
"Our home has become a much more positive place."
The sixth edition of the 1.8 million-copy bestseller 1-2-3 Magic by internationally acclaimed parenting expert Thomas W. Phelan, Ph.D. compiles two decades of research and experience into an easy-to-use program designed for parents striving to connect more deeply with their children and help them develop into healthy, capable teenagers and adults. Dr. Phelan breaks down the complex task of parenting into three straightforward steps:
1. Helping your children learn how to control their emotions and refrain from negative behavior, including tantrums, whining, and sibling rivalry
2. Encouraging good behavior in your children and providing positive feedback
3. Strengthening your relationships with your children to reinforce the natural parent-child bond
You'll find tools to use in virtually every situation, as well as real-life stories from parents who have successfully navigated common parenting challenges such as reluctance to do chores, talking back, and refusing to go to bed or getting up in the middle of the night. For years, millions of parents from all over the world have used the award-winning 1-2-3 Magic program to help their children develop emotional intelligence, raise healthier, happier families, and put the fun back into parenting.
Along with other highly-respected parenting classics such as How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Parenting with Love and Logic, The 5 Love Languages of Children, No Drama Discipline, and The Whole Brain Child, 1-2-3 Magic is an essential tool for parents hoping to connect more deeply with their children.