Double-income family with first child who is 7-10 years old.
A product or service to facilitate parent-child communication. To encourage child to communicate his/her feelings precisely; to increase parents’ awareness of child’s feelings, and coach parents effective ways of interaction with child.
For parents to understand their child’s feelings and thoughts in order to educate him/her in more effective ways; for child to practice expressing emotion appropriately in order to have a healthier mental growth, better communication skills, as well as strengthening family relationship.
Double-income family with first child who is 7-10 years old.
A product or service to facilitate parent-child communication.
For parents to understand their child’s feelings and thoughts in order to educate him/her in more effective ways; for child to practice expressing emotion precisely in order to have a healthier mental growth as well as better communication skills.
At home (a space where family gets together, ex: kitchen or living room.)
To encourage child to communicate his/her feelings effectively; to increase parents’ awareness of child’s feelings, and to coach parents effective ways to interact with their child.
I talked to two family(father&mother and a mother) last night and this morning. They are both double-income family. Here are some key findings:
During a day, the longest conversation with child is happening on the way from school to home.
During week day, average of getting togther time is 3 hrs.
There is no certain role for mother or father(they would take turn,) but each of them has his/her own requirement for child.
For parenting, father intends to have his principle and follow his belief; mother intends to ask people and seek for guideline.
They all wish can have more time with their childs to do some activities or go somewhere together.
When they had first child, they really didn’t know what is the right parenting. They would try different ways and revise it.
Parents wish to know child’s social relationship, learning attitude, emotion, interests, and thoughts on certain things(to see if they have incorrect perception of some things.)
Parents think it is not hard to discover child’s emotion; child can’t hide his/her feelings well(parents think child doesn’t mean to hide, but child might not know how to communicate his/her feelings appropriately.)
Parents would like to communicate life wisdom to their child.
After dinner, they would have chance to do some activities together.
We did a group exercise under Manuel Toscano’s guide this afternoon. He talked about viability in the marketplace and how to create frameworks for mapping our projects’ opportunities. Personally, I really feel benefit from this exercise because I think the problem I focus on for my thesis might not be solved by a single product. It would be good to consider how “Key Partners” and “Customer Relationship” could shape my concept.
According to some of my research, when parents think about changing or improving parenting skills, they intend to ask friends or specialists instead of having communication with their child. Parents would worry if their punishment or rule is too harsh but they would not directly ask child’s thought on it because they think child always wishes less work and doesn’t know what is actually good for himself or herself.
I had a wonderful first meeting with my thesis advisor Paul Pangaro on last Thursday. Paul tried to help me find out how the system might work. The important first step would be defining the goals and methods. But we can’t complete the system diagram at that time since I didn’t clarify the problem space. Paul asked me to think about WHO, WHAT, WHY,WHEN, and HOW of my concept. Following are some summary of the meeting and the statement of 4W1H:
WHO 8-10 year-old child
WHAT A product that captures child’s feelings about school, and coaches parents the effective way to respond it.
WHY Parents are busy and not aware things happened to child in school.
WHEN After school/ every day
HOW 1. Encourage child to express his/her feelings. 2. Make parents aware of child’s feelings as well as effective interaction. 3. They work on it together.
Long Term Goals: Experience shared memories in order to improve relationship. Short Term Goals: Encourage child to express feelings effectively (so that parent can understand and empathize.)
Child’s Actions: Diary» Face to Face Drawing or crafting Story tellling Play game or toy Role playing Physical exercise Play music Yelling or singing
Parent’s Actions: Patience»Hurried Positive feedback Rewards for communication Carefully listen Do activity together Ask question (right tone) Demonstration Stories in common Use child’s vocabulary
Go back to see most research I have done so far, I found that parents have less problem working on their child’s homework issue. Because there is a completed education system supporting students wih learning disabilities, therefore, their homework would be well designed for them which means they can complete homework with less pain. It seems has a huge conflict with my initial hypothesis. I made this mistake because the lack of thinking of the whole system. I started to question this direction not just because the research but also my hope for this thesis project. My hope is my design can have positive effects on children’s future growing as well as their family relationship.
Two weeks ago, we had a intensive two days rumble workshop. During the rumble, Clint, Mike, and I did an exercise which we have to find out appropriate communication channels between parents and child. We also discussed topics parents want to communicate to child versus things child wants to talk. And what things they want to hide.
This exercise reminded me some interviewees(parent and therapist) said communication might be the most difficult issue between parents and child.
To take a look at how my thinking has shaped up during that time. I re-evaluated potential areas of concentration. I will focus on leveraging communication gap between parents and child, and extend my audience from children with special needs to gerenal children.