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Kudo Banz

Kudo Banz

Fall 2017 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 & Up
Developer: Kudo Banz
Price: $29.95
Platform: iPad

Positive parenting is a movement that focuses on modifying a child's behavior through positive reinforcement. In other words, if you want your child to clean up her room, you praise and reward her when she does. Kudo Banz, based on the positive parenting technique, provides tangible rewards for children.

Parents must first purchase the Kudo Banz starter kit, which includes a storybook introducing the Kudo Banz and how they work, two wrist bands, six charms (additional charm collections can be purchased for $10.95), and a carrying pouch for unused charms. Parents read through the story with their children and explain how the system works. They then work together to create a customized reward wheel; children not only select their own rewards, but they can even change the pictures on the wheel and record their own voices. All of this assists children in taking ownership of the Banz and investing themselves in the process.

Throughout the day, parents reward desired behavior by placing a Kudo charm on the wristband. Once three have been earned, children scan the final charm with the mobile device and the character springs to life in augmented reality to congratulate the child on his success. The child then spins the reward wheel and moves up a level in Kudo world.

Think of Kudo Banz as a tech-infused sticker chart that your child can wear, a constant visual reminder of both successes and goals. The storybook, the Banz, and the app work together to help improve behavior in a non-threatening, non-shaming way.

Although this may not be the solution for all families, for those who do practice positive parenting techniques, and like a dose of tech while doing so, Kudo Banz is a well-thought out method with quality materials, and a well-designed app interface

Sharon Heuscher   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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