If you have kids that aren’t perfect (who does?!) then do I have a product for you! I consider my kids to be well behaved, most of the time. They are great students and pretty good listeners but it never fails that they hear things at school or at practice and like to repeat them at home. We have a strict list of words are a no-no at home but not all parents do so when my kids are at school they sometimes heat these words and may think they are ok to say at home. My three year old is notorious for this. For example, I think potty talk is not appropriate but then my daughter goes to school and hears other kids saying “butt head” or “poop head” and she comes home and says them. Granted, she’s 3 and is still learning about rules and expectations, but then I have to remind her that those words are yucky and we don’t say them in our house.
When I was approached to review this new product I thought it was PERFECT for dealing with this issue! Tacky Box is a company that has created a book that positively addresses these unkind words in a very kid-friendly way. What is a tacky Box? Well, the founder is a mom just like me and when her daughter came home from school one day and repeated her first naughty word heard at school she got creative and created The Tacky Box. The Tacky Box is just that, a box! It is accompanied by as adorable story of a little monkey, Max in our case, who is repeating all sorts of naughty words and doesn’t understand why the other animals won’t play with him. He is approached by a wise-old owl who explains that he is using “tacky” words that are unkind and inappropriate. The owl encourages Max to write these tacky words down and place them in the box so they will be “out of his heart and out of his mind”. Max writes words like “dummy” and “fatso” in the box. He soon learned to replace these tacky words with kind words.
The kit comes with the book “Max’s Marvelous Choice” (or Margo if you would like a girl monkey!) and a blank, ready to personalize Tacky Box! When the box arrived, my kids couldn’t wait to get started! While reading the story, my kids were shocked when hearing Max using these naughty words! They knew they were wrong and couldn’t wait to hear Max make a better choice. When the story was done, we talked about the difference between “appropriate” and “inappropriate” and “kind” and “unkind” words and how choosing between these words can make them and their friends happier. Then we go to decorate our box!
They worked so hard on their box! They all wrote their names on it and were so proud!!
After the box was complete, we added a few “tacky” words to the box:
“Butt head”, “Poopy head” and “butt” went into the box. They definitely felt silly writing these words down, but seemed to be glad to “be rid” of them! Our family plan is to add some new words when we are sitting down to have dinner together talking about our day.
The thing I love about this set is that is makes kids accountable for recognizing the difference between kind and unkind words and it gives them a way to “permanently” get rid of them! It’s essential when dealing with bad behaviors that it’s done at the child’s level, and accompanying this lesson with a story and a hands-on activity really allows the child to understand this concept and a simple way to reinforce these values. Hear your kids fighting in the other room? Sit them down and have them write the tacky words or behaviors and stick them in the box!
I know I can’t wait to keep this tradition up and see how it affects their behavior in the long run. Look for another post next month where I’ll update you on how it’s working and also a future giveaway for your very own Tacky Box!
Disclosure: In exchange for my honest review, I received a Tacky Box set to use with my kids. All opinions are my own.