I don't know about you, but to get my kids to listen to me I have to repeat myself a couple of times. When I say a couple of times, I mean 30 times- and that's on a good day. They really love to test me when I tell them they shouldn't be doing something. They don't even care much when I tell them I will be taking something away from them or giving them timeouts. They are tough little cookies, and it has made disciplining them very hard. I don't believe in violence, or hitting my children when they misbehave.... it's not my style. So I always try and find a good positive reinforcement to deal with the messy situations, and Kudo Banz is what has been working for us.
I received Kudo Banz when I attended Blogger Bash: Sweet Suite this year. I met Amanda and Hamza - The mom and dad of this perfect creation. They were so sweet and so informative on how effective their product is. I couldn't wait to go home and try it out. I loved that it came with a storybook to explain in kid language exactly what the Kudo Ban was for. It came with two Banz, and enough Kudos for two children. So that was a big plus because I was able to start right away with both of my boys.
I loved that it was something we could take along with us, and use right on the spot. Unlike a sticker chart where you have to wait until you get home to receive it, and let's face it by then you both have completely forgotten usually. I also really liked that it was engaging. I would write down their Kudos for the day on a board, like eat breakfast, drink lots of water, behave during trips on the train. It helped them understand what had to be done in order to achieve the kudos. They would get so excited when they were able to get their kudos for doing what was told of them. It was just so easy and so structured. I like easy!
We used our Kudo Banz all summer and it truly helped my sanity. Now that school is back in session I will be brainstorming on how I can still keep Kudo Banz as part of our days.
Check out the boys Youtube video they made about Kudo Banz!