Raising Cooperative Kids

Raising Cooperative Kids
Proven Practices for a Connected, Happy Family
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Raising Cooperative Kids: Proven Practices for a Connected, Happy Family

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Not since Dr. Benjamin Spock’s The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care published in 1946 has there been such a comprehensive book on parenting. Raising Cooperative Kids focuses on children from toddlerhood to early teens, picking up where Spock’s book leaves off.

Patterson, who was one of the leaders of the behavioral movement in psychology, gets straight to the heart of the power struggle that begins when children learn to speak and interact with others. This fight 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 this 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 behaviors, change unwanted behaviors, and reduce family conflicts.

Unlike most parenting books, the focus is first on changing the behaviors of parents and giving them proven 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.


“An excellent book which brings the best of longstanding, proven, and highly effective parenting practices to the modern age. This book is a must for every parent and every professional that works with children."

—Jeffrey Bernstein, PhD, author of 10 Days to a Less Defiant Child

"This is a wonderful book with clear, easy-to-apply, and workable techniques based on both clinical experience and research. From defining and setting goals to the critical importance of family play, Raising Cooperative Kids provides a concise and practical blueprint for parents who want to enjoy their kids."

—Thomas W. Phelan, PhD., author 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12

“Marion and Jerry are the foremost experts on parenting in the world and their research, writing and professional work have helped millions of families. The information in this book is based on rigorous scientific study. As a parent I trusted these principles in raising my own children. As a professor and clinician, I spread the word to clinicians in training in their work with families. If you are going to rely on one book to secure a better future for your children, this is the book to use.”

—Thomas J. Dishion, PhD., author of Everyday Parenting: A Professional's Guide to Building Family Management Skills, Professor, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University