• 1-2-3 Magic Teen

  • Communicate, Connect, and Guide Your Teen to Adulthood
  • By: Thomas W. Phelan PhD
  • Narrated by: Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From rule breaking and risk taking to defensive communication and disrespect, parenting a teenager can feel like modern warfare - but it doesn't have to be that way. In 1-2-3 Magic Teen, internationally renowned parenting expert Thomas W. Phelan explains how to better understand your teenager, which problems are not worth fighting over, and why your child's behavior likely matches the definition of a normal adolescent. With helpful, straightforward advice backed up by research and parent-tested strategies, 1-2-3 Magic Teen will help you establish a calmer, more respectful home and family life and show you how to guide your teenager into healthy, functional young adulthood. In this book you'll find tools and advice tailored for the challenges of a teen lifestyle, including:

  • Forgetting to do chores
  • Absence in family outings
  • Drop in grades
  • Missed curfews
  • Parties and drinking
  • Work responsibilities

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Critic Reviews

"Few authors are as successful as Phelan and for good reason. His guidance is consistently sound, on target, and presented in an upbeat, practical way." ( Library Journal)

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Loved it.

In following the practical advice from this book the last 2 weeks I' ve already seen results. Thank you, thank you! The world would be a better place if you pass this info onto others! Oh and don't forget to include Jesus in this process. Pray, pray, pray!
God Bless!

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The author is fantastic

That being said, read his original work on raising children prior to adolescence and then read this work. This one is a bit of a slow read initially. He takes a good amount of time to details key issues of adolescence and helping parents consider options toward remedy options. That part is a bit dry but get past that and the book becomes alive again.

I recommend parents of teens and maybe better parents of preteens to read this book in full. Should a reader choose to take action with any tips there will be need for some homework to get things together. For example, a contract for disciplinary options agreed upon by both the parent(s) and the adolescent. All in all the book is good and I recommend it. Just be prepared for some of the more dry sections in the middle!

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Lots of good advice

Definitely advice you can use now! Areas from day to day to mor complex teen issues adressed.

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excellent

great book, it give lots of insight of how to handle some situations very interesting informative

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  • Bileam Feinauer
  • 05-26-22

Great continuation on ‚123 Magic for kids‘

Our family has been practicing the ‚123 Magic for kids‘ for over 10 years and it’s been working well for everyone involved. But with teenagers needing a more mature approach I turned to this book hoping for guidance. Again Dr. Phelan does not disappoint. Full of practical, hands-on tips this book offers suggestions on how to assess rule-breaking in the grand scheme of things, set reasonable boundaries and what to do when these still get crossed. It reminds parents to self-assess and look at how we contribute to the relationship with our teenagers, and the positive steps we can take to stay connected.
The many examples in the book are ver help.
I highly recommend this book, even if you haven’t read or practiced 123magic for kids.