Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Share Stories, Have Conversations and Build Kids’ Emotional Intelligence

By Mallika S.

Povi the story telling buddy is out and about! He’s visiting families, living with them for a week and sharing his mission of developing emotional intelligence. Povi’s stories start meaningful conversations. These are the type of conversations that help parents and kids discuss and build important emotional skills like empathy, confidence and resilience.

At one home, Povi got two five year-olds talking and sharing their experiences. Their mom told us, “Both of my kids mentioned that these stories were things that happened to them as well. And that Povi helped them become better people.”

At another home, a mom said, “You see one-on-one conversation disappearing. Kid has a tantrum you hand him your cell phone. I think to me this would catch my attention.  All parents want that and most feel they don't have this with their kids -- finding quality time and getting conversations started is a problem.”

The Povi team is passionate about teaching emotional intelligence and we love it when we receive feedback that proves our product promise is working. Povi can help start meaningful conversations and take us closer to our goal of making all kids emotionally smart.

Povi’s crowd-funding campaign will launch in May this year. We are hoping all of Povi’s supporters will fund and buy many Povis to share his message of emotional intelligence. Please like our Facebook page so that we can keep you informed the minute Povi is available for order.

Let's face it, our kids’ lives are not the same lives we had as kids. As one mom told us, “It’s a complicated time. So busy all the time. It takes away from the moments you should be having with your kids.”

According to Pew Research Center, 70% of moms with kids under 18 work outside the home. 90% of working moms say they always feel rushed and don't spend enough time with their kids. Research also shows that it’s not how much time you spend with your kids it's the quality of the interactions and the conversations. Povi hopes to be a product that fills a need to give parents an easy way to build a habit of daily meaningful conversations.

Another phenomenon in our kids’ lives is screen time. According to an article in Harvard Business Review in 2011, “Screen-time often replaces one-on-one human interaction. As the smartphone market continues to explode, more parents are passing their phones to their offspring as tools to educate or gadgets to pacify."

While the benefits of screen time are easy to see (academic progress and communication) the negative impact of kids being hyper digital is subtler. According to Dan Schwabel, best selling author, millennial TV personality and social commentator, "Technology has hurt their soft skills. Alphas (the generation after Gen Z) will have less human contact than previous generations.” Based on research he says, “students say that technology has hurt their soft skills – like communicating in person. Gen Alpha will be the most connected generation yet spends much less time talking to their peers in person. There will be clear psychological challenges with this generation as they will feel more alone, despite being so connected."

We see Povi as a new tool for parents in this new world of parenting. Povi makes it easy for families to create a daily habit of connecting around thoughtful conversation. By engaging kids with stories that mirror their lives and empowering parents with question suggestions that extend conversations, Povi helps teach emotional intelligence.

Povi is especially created for kids aged 3-8. If you live in the United States and would like to test Povi out with your kids, please email slim@povi.me.

Povi is looking for expert partners who want to contribute content in the way of stories that start conversations. If you’d like to contribute you can do that on our website.

And don't forget to like our Facebook page if you want to be among the first 5000 to own a Povi!

I would love to give you a heads-up that we will be running a Kickstarter campaign on Tue, May 24, 2016. We would greatly appreciate your help to be one of our early backers to make Povi a reality.

You can choose to back our project for your family, a school, your team members at work or even non-profits.

We would greatly appreciate you also sharing this important message with whom you know will benefit from joining our community!

Thank you very much! Do email me at mallika@povi.me to catch up anytime!

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