We had a seminar on 123 Magic when I worked at a preschool several years ago. It was interesting and I liked that it was consistent but I thought I remembered not liking how impersonal it was. Though at the time I was in my early 20's with no kids. Now I can see how that might actually be a positive thing but I honestly would have to revisit as I don't remember the details.
Last night dbf said, "We need to train these kids to put their toys away when they are finished playing."
First of all, TRAIN? They aren't dogs dipshmuck and second of all there's not a whole heck of a lot you can accomplish with them by barking orders from your computer chair because, again, they aren't dogs.
I wish he would just pay attention sometimes. Watch me when I come out and join them in clean up and talk to them about taking care of our toys and keeping everything in it's spot so they know where it is when they need it. They're all over that because it's relevent to them. I can't stand how he barges in on them while they are doing a puzzle and says, "You guys need to clean your rooms right now!" Of course they both start to argue with him and then he calls me in and says, "Mommy, you need to help me because they won't listen to me and I don't know what to do." So then I have to stop what I'm doing and help the kids fulfill his request before it all ends in tears and tantrums. Grrrr.
I wish I could train him.