Some good ideas. Makes a great stocking stuffer for new parents
There are a variety of self-esteem kits for different applications. The "must do" kit encourages kids to try new activities with a tangible reward or acknowledgment for their trying something new. For example, a child would receive a ribbon/button for being brave enough to run in the shallow waves with Mom or Dad on the beach. The "chores" kit provides incentive for kids to help take out the trash with a corresponding reward. Maybe a better description in the Uncommon Goods catalog would help eliminate confusion and allow a parent or grandparent to make a more informed choice about which kit would work best. That said, more power to parents who have the imagination and resourcefulness to adapt any kit.
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I think this is a great idea; as parent of an almost-three-year-old who is in serious tantrum mode, I jumped at the chance to check this out. I love the idea of the ribbons and buttons, but I was disappointed that there weren't better instructions on how to use it with the existing sayings. Obviously you pin the buttons to the ribbons, but the cue cards and pictures/sayings on the buttons are not what I expected: they say random things like "Waves" (with a picture of kids on the beach) and "Face Painting" (with a painted face), and I don't understand what the challenge/reward should be. I'm sure there is reasoning behind it being done this way, but there is no explanation. Instead, I took it upon myself to look at the pictures and come up with my own ideas that sort of related to our needs, and seem more appropriate in general, such as "Good Listening" or "Helped Clean Up". This would be much better if there was either a blank space on the buttons for parents to customize or if there were better guidance on how to use it. I should have just bought my own blank buttons and ribbons and saved about $10.