dadaSummer is a time for kids to kick up their feet, play with friends, go to camp and continue to explore their independence. With that comes the discovery of new behaviors, some good and some bad. To help kick off a summer of kindness, the creators of the Tacky Box Set want to help parents encourage the message of respect and goodness to as many young, impressionable minds as possible. So, through June 30, 2014, shipping and handling for the Tacky Box Set is free.

Michael Brody, a child psychiatrist in private practice in Potomac, Maryland, and member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, emphasizes the benefits of unstructured time to play – which, over the summer, often includes independent exploring. “As a parent, you know your child, and you have a pretty good instinct about how he or she will behave without you around.” Brody suggests “independent exploration with minimal supervision…You risk freedom for the child in exchange for responsible conduct.” Responsible conduct includes the ability to self-police acceptable and non-acceptable behaviors and words.

Chris Kent Phelps, inventor of Tacky Box Set and co-author of Margo’s Magnificent Choice, Winner of the 2014 Silver Nautilus Award, says, “Parents cannot control the world around their children, especially during the summer months when kids are out of school and often away from home. As part of our ongoing mission to make the world a kinder place, we want to help parents arm their children with this fun educational tool.”

According to The Children’s Book Review, “This is a well-written story that teaches kids about the power of words and the impact of making good choices. When combined with a Tacky Box, the story makes a very effective and hands-on parenting tool and proves that learning about kindness can be very fun.”

The Tacky Box Set is available for purchase at Each set costs $29.95 WITH FREE SHIPPING THROUGH JUNE 2014 and includes an authentic Tacky Box, a 32-page Margo’s (or Max’s) Magnificent Choice book, and a notepad illustrated with monkeys to use for writing down tacky words.

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