Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Catching the TACKY Words and Locking Them Up with #TackyBox: A Review

Oh be careful little mouths what you say. And big mouths too.

I really have been quoting this song a lot lately in my blog posts haven't I? Well this time I am not going to tell you about a specific incident, but rather a new tool that we are using around our home to catch the TACKY words and lock them away forever. 

Miss K holding the Tacky Box, along with the companion book Margo's Magnificent Choice.
The Tacky Box. The Tacky Box is a wooden box that stores any and all bad words that Miss K's hears/says. These words are written on a pieces of paper that are provided by The Tacky Box. She then takes those pieces of paper and locks them away in the Tacky Box to never use again.  Now I'm not just talking about the only three letter curse word that I know she used when she was five, and still remembers, but also unkind phrases and tacky behavior that she, her brother, classmates and her parents use. 

I promise you, you do not want to be written down and placed in the box. 
(We are working on tactful tacky observations, I promise.)
Miss K chose to do her weekly book report last week over the book Margo's Magnificent Choice. 

Miss K's decorated Tacky Box. She wants her box to be beautiful on the outside, so it hides the tacky on the inside. 

We are only a week into this project. I cannot wait to report back to you later how the Tacky Box project is going at our nest. Be sure to check out the Tacky Box at the links below and tell me what you think.

I PROMISE, this WILL NOT be the last time you hear about this parenting tool. 


A mother and grandmother duo created Margo’s (Max’s) Magnificent Choice, a book sold with The Tacky Box Set, which is an effective parenting tool as well as a fun read for children.

The two books – gender specific to the child but otherwise the same – illustrate the negative effect of tacky words and behaviors and the rewards of choosing kindness. Margo’s (Max’s) Magnificent Choice is a 32-page hardcover book. Each page has a brightly-colored original watercolor painting that will capture the imagination and interest of young children. The fun story is an affirmation of the power of choosing to be kind and introduces children to the concept of locking up unkind words and actions in the tacky box and never using them again.

Through the pages of these beautifully illustrated books, children will follow Margo (Max) the Monkey as they learn the value of choosing kind words over tacky words. Boys and girls will want to emulate the monkey’s magnificent choice to refrain from repeating tacky language that he or she is sure to hear.

A wise old owl equips Margo (Max) with a Tacky Box to help her (him) lock up undesirable words and remove them from heart and mind. After reading the book, parents can present their child with his or her own authentic Tacky Box. The act of decorating the Tacky Box transforms the box into the child’s personal property.

The Tacky Box becomes a visual tool to help remind children to choose kind words and get rid of undesirable ones. Parents will be amazed at the effectiveness of writing the tacky word on a piece of paper and putting it in the box. Children become the example of good manners and a kind heart.

The Tacky Box Set includes a hardback copy of Margo’s (Max’s) Magnificent Choice, an authentic, stamped 5”x8” wooden Tacky Box, a note pad with the image of Max and Margo, and suggestions for use from the authors. For optimal success, all three must work together.

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