Albert Einstein once wrote, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
The parenting role is a lifelong learning role – you may think you’ve figured your child out, but they change as they grow and so does your understanding of them.
I am a mother of two, an 8 year-old girl and a 5 year-old boy. And if I tell you that both my children are completely different, I bet most of you would agree with the statement. I wonder, and at times worry, about what they will be when they grow up, what do they want to do and what will make them happy.
In my quest to give them the best of exposure, I enrol them in different activities and skill building classes. They appear excited and seem to do well in most. But sooner or later, they want to quit the activity because they become bored of it. So I go find a new class, and the excitement of the new continues until boredom sets in yet again.
Hence, a good part of the years while they are growing up are thus spent in enrolling them for different classes and having them try different activities hoping they will find something that aligns with their natural liking. But will I be able to get them to enroll into a class for every activity… or will I end up saturating them and myself?
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had an analysis tool that would read and inform us on what was going on in their mind?
Well, someone somewhere thought of the same and that’s how I discovered Pinwi. As per their website…
Pinwi stands for Play-Interest-Wise and is an interactive daily-use mobile application useful for parents who constantly strive to uncover and understand their children’s interests. With its innovative data-driven technology that uses data collected directly from children, PiNWi enables parents to both map and manage their children’s ever evolving interests in an unbiased and impartial way. It’s a pioneering new way to positively influence child development by helping parents stay focused on their children’s interests.
Pinwi allows you to input activities that you’ve planned for your child, and at the end of each day, your child has to spend a few minutes to rate the activity they attended.
For instance, if my son went for a football class today, at the end of the day, he would rate his experience on a scale of 1-10 stars. He does the same for all his school subjects and all other extra-curricular planned for him. Pinwi Mobile App is like his personal diary that allows him to rate his experience without having me to bug him with questions about his class.
Apparently, the App uses an algorithm in the backend to analyse the interests of your child based on different parameters. After gathering data for about 7 days, the App gives you an insight report, indicating the interests of your child. These interests will keep changing, as the child grows, but overtime, as the app analyses historic and present data, you’ll begin to see patterns or trends in the reports that will give you clarity on what your child’s natural interest lies.
For example, if over time my child appears to give higher ratings to experiences such as playing board games, attending a book club, or playing a team sport, the insight could reveal that my child prefers activities that allow him or her to socially interact with people as against doing solo activities like playing a video game, reading a book or playing a sport like tennis.
I downloaded PiNWi because I wanted to be a better parent to my children; I want to know if they like being a fish or a monkey or a carefree bird, and I want to respect them for who they are and give them the space and resources to become the genius they are capable of being.
The app just introduced an instant version and I am one of its first few users, so I was told when they reached out to me. I upgraded to their full version and have introduced it to both the kids. At first they were not sure why they had to rate their daily activities, but when I explained that it would make me a little more smarter and better at identifying activities that do interest them, and activities that don’t, both agreed.
I’m very excited by the possibilities that Pinwi promises to offer and look forward to understanding my children better.
Pinwi is available to download on App Store and Play Store.