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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Pocket Referee Review


The Pocket Referee was created years ago by George Vraney for use with his daughters. It is a fun and fair way of taking turns and getting their way.

The Pocket Referee is easy for kids to use! The person with the Ref gets the choice but must then pass the coin on to the other person. If the coinholder decides the decision isn’t worth relinquishing the coin she/he can keep the coin for another time, but must allow the other person to have his/her way with the current decision.

Kids just flip the coin to see who goes first.

The Pocket Referee gives everyone the same opportunity. No more feeling of being bullied with the Ref on your side. No need for kids to make Mom the bad guy by always having to take someone’s side.


This beautiful solid metal coin is imprinted with the Referee on the front and a treasure chest on the back. The instructions for it's use are embossed on each side. “Get the Choice - Pass the Coin” and “Pass the Choice - Keep the Coin”. It is designed to feel like the authentic treasure that it will quickly become.


Empowerment It gives kids the power to settle their own disputes without adult intervention. No one has to be the “cry baby” who reports to their parents to get what is fair.

Deferred Gratification Kids tend to be focused on the “right now” without too much concern about what happens in the future. Having the choice of now or later helps them understand that something later may be better than something “right now”.

Keeps the Peace Now when a conflict arises all mom, dad or grandma has to ask is, “Who has the Ref?” And the kids can quietly work out the issue on their own.

I have used the Pocket Referee with the little ones that I baby sit the last couple of days and it has worked really well. I’m happy to say that we have not had any tantrums since trying it out!

You can purchase the Pocket Referee online here.

~I received a product sample in order to write my review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions expressed are mine.

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