1-2-3 Magic: 3-Step Discipline for Calm, Effective, and Happy Parenting

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her three children. She used counting for sibling rivalry and
disrespect. She used some of our “Start” behavior tactics for picking
up, homework, and—most importantly—getting up and out in the
morning. She also employed sympathetic listening and shared one-on-
one fun as bonding strategies.
Sarah was a trouper. As she revolutionized her home life, we
started spacing out our sessions since she didn’t need to come in as
One day early in January, Sarah came in for her last visit. She no
longer looked like she’d been run over by a truck. As she sat down, I
asked her how things were going.
“Really well,” she said.
“Well, that’s saying something,” I pointed out, “especially since
you just spent two weeks with your kids over Christmas vacation.”
“Yep, it went well,” she said. “I’ve come a long way.”
Then she hesitated. “But you know something?” she added. “I
didn’t realize how far I’d come until after they went back to school
after Christmas vacation.”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
A little teary, she paused, then said, “I missed them for the first
time in my life.”

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