Try magic for parenting problems

AFTER a successful pilot program last year Erin Bailey, a PhD student with Southern Cross University's Department of Psychology, is running a study into the 1-2-3 Magic program.

The pilot study was held in the Coffs Harbour area last year with 20 families.

“The results were quite encouraging so we're hoping to back that up this year,” Ms Bailey said.

SCU's Department of Psychology was approached by an Australian provider of the program to undertake the study into the program's success.

“The program has wide application for parents and caregivers. It is a practical skills-based program that provides parents with specific techniques to manage the behaviour of their children,” Ms Bailey said.

“1-2-3 Magic is designed to provide simple techniques to stop 'obnoxious' behaviour, such as tantrums, arguing and fighting with siblings.

"There are also techniques to start 'positive' behaviour, such as getting a child to do their homework or to clean their room.

"The program is designed to enhance the parent-child relationship and to build self-esteem in children.”

The study aims to involve more than 200 families. Children must been between the ages of six and 12 and not previously been diagnosed with a clinical condition such as ADHD, ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder or Asperger's Syndrome.

“We're looking for parents and caregivers who want to enhance their parenting skills, or who currently are concerned about the behaviour of their child.

"You don't have to be a parent, but must be the primary care-giver,” Ms Bailey said.

Anyone interested in taking part should contact Erin Bailey on (02) 6659 3385 to register for an information pack or email

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