As educators, we have come across, and rely upon, the amazing work created by others.  Here are links to some of our favorites so you, too, can get your own copies of these materials.

123 Magic
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Addressing the task of disciplining children without arguing, yelling, or spanking, this program offers easy-to-follow steps to manage troublesome behavior with patience and compassion.



“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

“The most valuable advice I got from reading 1-2-3 Magic that you can start implementing at home immediately is to avoid too much talking and too much emotion…the 1-2-3- program is as much a control on parental anger as it is on children’s behavior. ” –Outnumbered 3 to 1

“The book has a lot of great, helpful information. Anyone who has children, no matter what age, can learn from this. ” – Cassandra’s Place

1-2-3 Magic helped me quickly identify the areas that I was messing up with my kids, and showed me how I could change those bad habits and trade them in for solid tactics to use when my kids were not listening as they should be. The best part, is that it literally only took a couple days for my kids to completely jump on board with the program…This book is worth it’s weight in gold and will change your family’s life.” – The Simple Moms

“If you are a parent of young kids I do recommend that you pick up this book for a read as it would help you understand more about how to cope with your children during their outbursts.” – Dominique’s Desk

Lays out a simple program for parents to help manage, and keep from overreacting, to behavior that seems incessant and annoying, like a continual request for junk food right before dinner.

About the Author

Dr. Thomas W. Phelan is an internationally renowned expert, author, and lecturer on child discipline and Attention Deficit Disorder. A registered Ph.D. clinical psychologist, he appears frequently on radio and TV. Dr. Phelan practices and works in the western suburbs of Chicago.


Emotion Coaching
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Emotion Coaching is based on the book What Am I Feeling by Talaris Institute and John Gottman, Ph.D.  The purpose of this DVD is to help parents understand the importance of valuing emotions, both in children and in themselves. With real-life parenting moments, Emotion Coaching will help you understand the unique differences between four parenting styles and encourage you to use the five steps of Emotion Coaching to guide your children through emotional situations. This takes a little practice, but children raised by Emotion Coaching parents thrive in many ways. For more information, please visit

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 A Journey into a deeper understanding of Boys and Men

The Male Box is a fascinating 4 DVD/online video journey into the lives and minds of boys and men. It describes the history, the principles, and theoretical and practical research concerning societal views of how boys and men are treated. The DVDs/online video discuss the major problems of communication between men and women.


It also discusses what causes anxiety in men and why men often end up in treatment programs, and that by understanding the male brain during early childhood we can save many boys from becoming victims in treatment programs as they mature. Relating to men of all ages and on all levels is vital in your practice, and this class encompasses what they need emotionally, biologically, and psychologically. This important lecture is a must see for the men in your life, whether they are clients, family, or friends. It teaches how to truly respond in positive ways to men, so that they in turn may rise to the challenge of being male and being cared for and loved by women and society as a whole.

We offer The Male Box video in two versions and two separate formats:

  • The Shorter version of The Male Box is a 2.6 hour video that is geared more towards parents and the layperson, and focuses on relationships and how the Male Box affects men and boys. This video is good for parenting classes or couples looking to improve their relationships.
  • The Full version of The Male Box is a 5.3 hour video that is perfect for psychologists, counselors, therapists, teachers, and social workers who deal with men’s issues, including depression, suicide, addiction, and why the Male Box leads to all of these problems.

Each of the above videos can either be purchased as an Online Video (streamed) or as a physical DVD that will be shipped to you. The Full version of The Male Box is 4 DVDs, while the shorter version is 1 DVD.

All versions of this amazing video can be purchased from our website on The Male Box Order Page.


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Fathers are just as important to the healthy emotional development and lifetime success of young children as mothers. Yet societal stereotypes prevent many men from fulfilling this critical role in the upbringing of their children. This video encourages fathers to participate actively in the lives of their children even before birth. Fathers and child development experts share their stories and the rewards of being close to their kids, even when challenged by divorce or military commitments.From the I Am Your Child video series, produced by actor/director Rob Reiner and Parents’ Action for Children.


Highly Recommended. An intelligent, upbeat video emphasizing the importance of fathers’ participation in the upbringing of a child. — Educational Media Reviews OnlineRecommended. To Be a Father stresses the importance of ‘being there’ at all stages of a child’s life. — American Library Association, BooklistShows ways men can be supportive of their partners, deal with their feelings, and remain involved in their children’s lives. — School Library Journal


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Hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis and Levar BurtonLeVar Burton and Jamie Lee Curtis, along with child development experts, show parents how to help young children develop language skills and be active learners through everyday activities like talking, singing and playing beginning right after birth. These early activities can contribute to a child’s happiness and help them be more prepared for success in school. The video provides practical guidance for: communicating with your newborn, incorporating reading into your daily routine, and activities that spark your child’s interest in learning.From the I Am Your Child video series, produced by actor/director Rob Reiner and Parents’ Action for Children.Also available on YouTube:
Ready to Learn Video

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Research has given us an extraordinary understanding of how a child’s brain develops. This DVD of fifteen 60-second spots illustrates various aspects of child development using young children and their caregivers in real-life situations. Topics include learning in the early years, managing feelings and relationships, and connecting with your child. For more information, please visit www, captioning included.
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The Love Doctor is definitely in throughout this peppy program that’s a cross between a gabby Oprah and a dazzling infomercial. The “doctor” would be Barbara De Angelis, PhD, a much-published relationship expert who’s also a polished performer (she was once a magician’s assistant to then-husband Doug Henning). In Love Secrets, her cheerleading monologue is filled with colorful analogies that try to help listeners understand, communicate with, and, ultimately, have a much closer relationship with the opposite sex.


She discloses common mistakes people make in intimate relationships and talks about how to create intimacy in, and out of, the bedroom. “Marriage isn’t a noun, it’s a verb,” she reminds. And Love Secrets is a complete sentence, a self-help “manual about love” that removes much of the mystery from the equation. –Valerie J. NelsonFrom the Back Cover:
Barbara De Angelis, one of America’s foremost experts on relationships and self-improvement, has transformed the lives of millions of people through her New York Times bestselling books, her radio and television programs, and her popular lectures. Now she brings the best of her groundbreaking information to Love Secrets. This powerful and entertaining program reveals everything you need to know about love, communication, and understanding the opposite sex; plus it offers invaluable and proven techniques that will help you create and maintain the passionate, fulfilling relationship you’ve always wanted.Love Secrets will teach you:  The Secret Ingredients for Making Love Work, Secrets About Men and Women You Need to Know, Secrets About Sex, Passion & Romance. Whether you’re single or in a relationship, married for five years or fifty, still looking for the right person or just recovering from loss, Love Secrets will inspire your heart and lift your spirit. 52 minutes.