Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Povi: An Emotional Intelligence Promoting Toy that Connects Parents and Children #Sponsored

Raising kids in such a technology driven world these days is truly tough and as parents we sometimes loose sight of the quality time we actually spend with our kids and it can definitely become difficult to stay in touch with our children's emotional needs because we are juggling so much and may miss certain cues that something maybe troubling them at home, in the classroom or the playground. How often do you sit down with your children to chat about how they are feeling or how their day was? Was it conversation where they responded with more than "my day was good" ? The hubby and I have always tried our best to make sure our kids always feel comfortable enough to tell us whatever was on their mind, it's important for us that they feel safe enough to express themselves, whether it's something good or bad. 

Disclosure: This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Povi. I received compensation for my participation, but my opinions are my own.

Designed to help parents raise happier, caring and confident children, Povi is an EQ (emotional quotient) content platform + app with content sourced from experts and a huggable storytelling buddy as the delivery tool. Povi is a connected toy with a mission, for children ages 3-8 that comes loaded with real-life stories children can relate to and endless conversation starters, Povi helps parent and child establish a daily habit of thoughtful conversation that in turn helps children develop crucial social-emotional skills.

Having been a stay at home mom to both of my boys until they were nearly three, I prided myself on the engaging conversations we had, whether while we played with blocks and plastic figures or during or leisurely walks around the neighborhood after naptime or when coming home from school. It was such a great way for me to find time to connect with my kids without all the daily distractions and as the years went on I was confident that my oldest knew he could always come to me with anything. 

 So imagine my surprise when, at 7 years old he tells us that he'd been frequently bullied by a 4th grader in the school bathroom, how did we not know and better yet why didn't he come to us when it first occurred? As a mom and an educator I felt I was in tune with everything going on with my child academically and socially and I was so frustrated with myself and disappointed that when he reported the incident to a lunchroom aide it was ignored. Which of course led me to a seat in the principals office and a follow up with the other child and their parents with an outcome we were satisfied with, and our son fortunately

Teaching the ABC’s alone is simply not enough for raising a happy and successful child. Research highlights the importance of focusing on emotional intelligence starting at a very young age. This movement has gained momentum in recent years, in large part due to concerns over school violence, bullying and teen suicide.

Povi shares short stories based on children's everyday situations then engages young listeners and their parents in a discussion on emotions and feelings. A story related to self-esteem, for example, would lead to the parent asking the Povi app question, If you could be someone else for a day, who would you like to be?  A focus on empathy might prompt, How can you tell when someone is sad? Povi’s stories address subjects such as caring, resilience, confidence, motivation, thankfulness and other valuable life skills

The concept for this conversation-starting innovation came from Povi founder Seow Lim’s own experience with her son. “I always felt that I paid lots of attention to my child’s development and was very surprised when a school counselor said, ‘Your child is really smart, but he is not happy.’ It was so painful to me that I didn’t know this about my own son! In the process of transforming my parenting style from Tiger Mom to getting more connected to my child’s emotions, I created Povi.”

Povi comes with 10 pre-downloaded stories and a free app (available for Android or iOS) featuring additional questions parents can ask related to the stories and 20 additional stories that are age appropriate for each individual child. Parents can choose from among three levels, for ages 3-4, 5-6 and 7-8. The stories are written and curated by experts including psychologists, teachers and parents.  

Povi launches today May 24, 2016. Please visit their Kickstarter the first 2,000 customers to sign up will receive Povi at the discounted price of $49, a 40% discount from the future off-the-shelf Povi price. For more information about Povi visit www.povi.me and keep up with updates on social media: Facebook // Instagram // Twitter

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