Picking up where Dr. Spock's ground-breaking The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care left off, RAISING COOPERATIVE KIDS focuses on children from toddlerhood to early teens and presents the authors' complete, ground-breaking parenting programme. Patterson, who was one of the leaders of the behavioural movement in psychology, gets straight to the heart of the power struggle that begins when children learn to speak and interact with others. This competition for power is at the core of every tantrum and argument that will ever occur between parents and children. Together, Patterson and Forgatch give parents the formula to overcome that power struggle and make children want to cooperate. Their parenting techniques tap deep-rooted human instincts, making them universal and easy to use no matter where you live or how your family is structured. Developed over 40 years of practice and tested in clinical studies, these techniques enable parents to teach their children new behaviour, change unwanted behaviour and reduce family conflicts. Unlike most parenting books, the focus is first on changing the behaviour of parents and giving them tried and tested tools to bring out the best in their children. Specific guidance is included for issues ranging from how to share the bathroom during the morning rush to what to do when a child misbehaves. The authors, also, remind us of the importance of play - enjoying each other and sharing time and activities together is the cornerstone of a happy family. RAISING COOPERATIVE KIDS is the only parenting book you will ever need.