Kudo Banz – Wearable Positive Feedback!

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If you’re a parent, I’m quite sure you’re familiar with sticker charts.

I am too.

Little pieces of bribery that bring so much happiness to both parties.

When I met the nice people from Kudo Banz last week I was very, very impressed by their expansion of this age old positive reinforcement tradition. Their idea was to create a wearable line of bracelets with all kinds of fun charms that your child can earn (instead of a boring sticker), and then unlock special, parent inputted rewards on their accompanying app.

The Mint Chip Mama - Kudo Banz

Is your kid a fro-yo addict? Well earn a Kudo Banz charm and you can unlock a special trip after dinner. Love swimming? Earn a charm, unlock a special trip to the pool! The parent gets to create the special treats the child can unlock on the app after the child earns the charm. They can be as unique as you want because who knows your kid better than you!

I tested out a sample with my three year old son. He is most recently obsessed with wearables and as you can imagine grabbed this right out of my hands.

The Mint Chip Mama - Kudo Banz

In the Starter Pack – which is enough for two children – you get a hardcover storybook (with a great story of a clever Grandma teaching her grand kids how much fun it is to earn positive reinforcements), two bracelets (with three Kudo spots each), six Kudo charms, a carrying pouch and the Kudo Banz app.

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You can also expand your set with other fun charms – my son’s favorites were the dinosaurs and superheros.

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It was great – the next day we organically found ourselves in a situation where he needed to behave for a few hours (that was a HUGE ask) but since he was chomping at the bit for the Kudo Banz I had me a strong bargaining chip. Know what? He actually behaved!

The next morning we opened the box – met by much excitement, and carefully chose the red bracelet.

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Next, he got to pick the type of charm he wanted and to pull it out from the mystery bag (this was so exciting to him I can’t convey it in words).

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He got a blue dinosaur. It was pretty amazing.

The Mint Chip Mama - Kudo Banz

Finally, we put it on his bracelet!

The Mint Chip Mama - Kudo Banz

Bam! Earned positive reinforcement. Now, he wants to know what he can do next to earn another one. I have to admit, it is pretty genius. It was great watching him show his bracelet with pride to everyone we met the next day. HE earned it. HE picked it. HE’s wearing it. I love it!

The app is a great component as well. The parent can choose between three and eight rewards for the child to earn unlocking something different with each charm.

You can also fully customize the rewards wheel the child “spins” and track their progress on the colorful map! They had me at using his picture as the “start” and “end”.

Fun for parents, fun for kids, and maybe with this – they’ll actually listen.

I wonder if it would work on my husband… you took out the garbage, you get a charm! Kidding honey..

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Stacey Gish Wallenstein created The Mint Chip Mama blog in 2013 to share her love and passion for giving children meaningful life experiences and helping moms like her navigate the challenges and benefits of raising children in the New York metropolitan area. Before becoming a full-time mom in 2010, Stacey spent the better part of the preceding decade as a high-end customer relationship management (CRM) professional for some of the most well-known brands in the hotel, luxury, fashion, and beauty industries, such as Harrah’s Entertainment, Chanel and Christian Dior, Inc. She managed customer loyalty programs for thousands of clients around the country and created social media strategies for a span of industries including healthcare services, restaurants, consumer packaged goods, specialty foods, local attractions and retail locations. After 13 wonderful years in Manhattan (the last three of which spent as a city mom), Stacey and her husband moved to Long Island in 2014, where they now reside with their three children (10, 6, and 4). There, she is a founding member of her local Parenting Center, which provides classes and coordinates events designed to educate and inform parents while fostering an environment of support and friendship within the community. Stacey is also an active PTA member (and former president) as well as a Girl Scout troop leader. Her musings on motherhood, Manhattan, the suburbs, and more can be found here and on Facebook at The Mint Chip Mama. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Stacey has been active in the New York area alumni organization for nearly twenty years, serving as a board member on the school’s University of Michigan Alumni Club of New York City. She also holds a Masters in Psychology from The New School in New York City. For more updates, follow her on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

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