Products designed to help parents raise happier, caring and confident children are products that I can personally get behind and Povi is one of those products. Povi is a connected toy with a mission, for children ages 3-8 that helps parent and child establish a daily habit of thoughtful conversation. Of course in turn this conversation helps children develop crucial social-emotional skills.
What exactly is 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 loaded with real-life stories that children can related to plus endless conversation starters. These real life stories are basically short stories based on children’s everyday situations which engages young listeners and their parents in a discussion on emotions and feelings. For example, a story related to self-esteem 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 the question, “How can you tell when someone is sad?”
Some of the subjects that Povi’s stories address are; caring, confidence, motivation, resilience… among others.
Povi is not designed to be played with alone, but rather always with a parent on hand to discuss the challenges presented and help their child come up with possible solutions.
The idea for this amazing conversation starter platform and app 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.”
Research behind Povi
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. According to multiple studies, preschoolers who participate in social-emotional skills programs exhibit less aggression and anxiety and become better social problem solvers. Prosocial behavior in early childhood is closely tied to future academic performance and mental health. Thousands of schools now use programs with this goal in mind. Povi enables parents to implement social-emotional development at home. Parents understand the importance of developing these skills. Unfortunately, between work, homework and children’s many after-school activities, busy parents have little time for the kind of meaningful conversations through which children learn them.
A bit more about 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 on Kickstarter, May 24, 2016.
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.
This post is part of a sponsored campaign for Povi. I received compensation for my participation, but my opinions are my own.