Tacky Box: Cleaning Up Your Child’s Words – #TackyBox

As much as I would love to pretend that we’re a good Christian family with morals and values who act right and have kids that behave like the Von Trapp family, I’d be lying. I dream of the day but, yeah who am I kidding. The hubs has sworn off the sailor talk for the most part. I still struggle with my love of the ‘F-bomb’ and we’re constantly having to stop ourselves in mid-sentence to correct what we’re saying for the kids. Unfortunately, out of all the kids Ash has been “blessed” with both daddy and mine’s attitude. It’s been a struggle the past year to get her to stop. I literally thought we were doomed, until the Tacky Box parted the seas for us.

Tacky Box was inspired by Chris Kent Phelps 5 year old daughter who came home from Kindergarten and one afternoon used a four letter bomb to describe her day at school. Caught off guard Chris’s think tank started churning on how to battle these tacky words from making into young children’s lives.

The kit contains:

  • Margo/Max Magnificent Choice book
  • a plain Authentic Tacky Box
  • a pad of paper
  • instructions

The book is a brightly illustrated story about Margo or Max the monkey who loves to have friends and play. But due to the words she uses, she hurts her friends in the jungle. Then she meets a wise owl who gives her a Tacky Box to rid her vocab from tacky words. When she chooses to use the right words, her friends want to be around her, thus teaching nice and respectable words lead to happiness.

The concept is actually pretty ingenious. You take the words or sayings that your child says or has said that are “tacky” and write them down. Discuss, quickly depending on your child’s attention span, why we don’t use the words, place them in the box and never use them again.

With writing the words down and locking them away, Ash is learning to choose what words or phrases she wants to use in her daily conversations. She’s becoming aware of how her words affect others. When I hear her say something, I simply ask “Ash do you think that would belong in the Tacky Box?”. It’s simple redirection of making the right choices.

We’re starting to see a difference in what comes out of Ash’s mouth. It’s a slow process but it’s getting there. She starts Kindergarten this fall and I would love to be able to send her off with the ability to know the right words to use when making friends. The teen said the other night that I should probably use the box too and I’m sure she’s right. It would help Ash if I got my words under control again too. Guess we’re both up for a challenge this year!

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