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Wednesday, 10 October, 2001, 16:12 GMT 17:12 UK
Kitted out for better men
The Boyfriend Training Kit
The relationship "ends" if three warnings are given
An argument with her man led a woman to devise her own boyfriend training kit.

Tanya Sassoon won a publishing deal to produce the kit, which has just gone on sale.

The package - which includes booklets and stickers - claims to offer women the opportunity to bring their boyfriends into line with a "Relationship Maintenance Book" and "Score Book".

Gold stars are given for good behaviour, while a relationship can be "terminated" with the single red sticker contained in the kit.

Tanya Sassoon
Ms Sassoon had argued with her boyfriend
"Delight or despair as his progress is charted - will he successfully complete the course, or will a red sticker be issued?" the kit publicity asks.

Ms Sassoon, a Brighton University graduate, poses solutions to those women whose partners are "always late with birthday presents" and those "who come home drunk and think it's funny".

The relationship manual is separated into six sections, which cover the likes of "fidelity" and "courage", though Ms. Sassoon.

To receive a gold star, Ms Sassoon's regulations specify, "a minimum of 313 points must be scored each calendar month".

Ms Sassoon, 24, stressed to BBC News Online that the kit is designed with a certain amount of "tongue-in-cheek".

She said: "I had an email from someone, on my website, who accused me of being sexist, but this is not supposed to be taken seriously.

"I hope girlfriends can point things out to their partners without things getting out of hand."

The kit details how acts attract points, ranging from -10 to 10.

Burps not amusing

It adds: "If no warnings are issued in the first three-month period, training and testing will be deemed to be complete."

If a warning, indicated with a yellow sticker, is given for bad behaviour, the manual states it must be followed by three warning-free months for training to be completed.

Points that can be won include when he "admits it is all his fault", which gets three points.

If a boyfriend puts up with your "right" to be late, he gets four points, and six are on offer for bringing home your favourite bottle of wine.

However, seven points are deducted when he "farts or burps accidentally and draws attention to it or finds it interesting or amusing".

Ms Sassoon, who moved back to London after graduating in graphic design in 1999, added: "All in one handy pack, this indispensable kit contains all you need to knock your boyfriend into shape."

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