As my toddler daughter continues to express her independence and test her limits, I find myself needing to put her in timeout a few times a day. When she hits me or kicks one of the dogs, I quickly remove her from the situation. Because she can easily escape from almost anywhere else in the house, her timeout spot is the crib in her nursery. (She sleeps with me and has never used her crib as a sleep spot.) However, I have been trying to figure out the best way to reinforce timeout time with her. Thus, when recently offered the chance to review a Parking Pal Magnet Bundle Pack complete with the Penalty Pal, I jumped at the opportunity.
I received a Parking Pal Magnet Bundle Pack that included the Parking Pal, the Penalty Pal, and an Emergency Phone List. The Parking Pal is a car magnet that entertains and keeps kids safe in parking lots. The Penalty Pal is a removable and repositionable wall decal used for timeout spots. The Emergency Phone List is a removable and repositionable wall decal for emergency phone numbers that is great for kids who stay home alone and babysitters.
When my daughter and I venture out together in the van, I have had her hold onto my clothing or touch the side of the van while I open the doors. However, with the Parking Pal, I can specifically ask her to keep her hand on the colorful magnet. I love that the Parking Pal is moveable, so I can move the magnet to any vehicle or any spot on a vehicle.
The Emergency Phone List is a reusable and repositionable sticker on which parents can write emergency contact numbers. I have written our most important phone numbers on the list with a fine permanent marker as directed by the instructions. I then placed the Emergency Phone List on the side of my refrigerator, clearly visible and memorable in case of emergency.
My favorite part of the Parking Pal Magnet Bundle Pack, however, is the Penalty Pal. Because I use our crib as a timeout spot for my daughter, I placed the Penalty Pal decal on the wall directly above the crib. When my daughter first saw the decal, she became really excited. She has other wall decals on her nursery walls, so she was curious about the new “hand circle” sticker. I explained to her that the Penalty Pal is for timeouts. When she gets put in timeout, she should look at the “hand circle” and think about why she ended up in timeout. At her age, her comprehension is still not quite at the level to think about actions and consequences full yet, but, by starting now, she will eventually catch on.
Using the Penalty Pal for timeouts has helped me direct my daughter in her discipline better. Instead of babbling on and on about why she is in time out, I tell her to look at the “circle hand” and think about “X,” X being whatever action landed her in timeout. For example, when she kicked the dog yesterday, I told her to look at the “circle hand” and think about how kicking hurts. The Penalty Pal has helped both me and my daughter use timeouts more effectively.
Final Verdict: I am extremely pleased with my Parking Pal Magnet Bundle Pack. The Parking Pal helps keep my daughter safe in parking lots when out and about. The Emergency Phone List is perfect for keeping important phone numbers centrally located. I especially like the Penalty Pal, which I have started using during timeouts for my daughter. I able to discipline my daughter more effectively by giving her a direction involving the Penalty Pal during timeouts. I highly recommend the Parking Pal Magnet Bundle Pack, and especially the Penalty Pal, to all parents.
Update: I recommend not leaving the Parking Pal on a vehicle at all times. After washing my van a few days ago, I put the magnet on the side door. While traveling to the nearest big city, the magnet blew off, probably on the interstate. Upon inquiring about the problem on the Parking Pal Facebook page, a company representative posted the following response:
“Sorry that happened….They are made by a car manufacturer right here in the usa and they are made to stay on in all weather conditions. I drive with 3 on my car at all times. I think if there is any part of the edge that is not sealed down, then the wind could get under and blow it off.”
My daughter is quite disappointed that her “hand” blew away. Thus, I do not recommend leaving the Parking Pal magnet on your vehicle while driving.
I received a Parking Pal Magnet Bundle Pack mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
Parking Pal, Penalty Pal, and Emergency Phone List © 2014 Heather Johnson
Parking Pal © 2014 Heather Johnson
Parking Pal on Van © 2014 Heather Johnson
Emergency Phone List © 2014 Heather Johnson
Emergency Phone List on Refrigerator © 2014 Heather Johnson
Penalty Pal © 2014 Heather Johnson
Penalty Pal on Wall © 2014 Heather Johnson
Penalty Pal on Wall Above Crib © 2014 Heather Johnson