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A vouch is a recommendation from someone who has played an important role in your child's life. Every time you or your child add one of her accomplishments to AdotMe, you are making a claim that she did something awesome. And while having a visual record of what she did is extremely important, it doesn’t tell the whole story by itself. Vouching allows an authoritative source to verify that your child did what she said she did. Think of it as a stamp of approval on your child’s accomplishment. Having verification from a third party will give that accomplishment added credibility. Ultimately, vouching adds value to your photos, giving you the power to improve your child's future prospects. It is how to take each accomplishment from awesome to standout spectacular.
A voucher can be anyone who knows your child and can put in a good word for them. There are as many types of vouchers as there are types of accomplishments. Just take a look around. Who are the people in your child’s life? Teachers, coaches, mentors, church leaders, professionals, tutors, and neighbors are all candidates. It’s wide open. Feel free to ask anyone who has helped you child achieve something meaningful. Just make sure each voucher is someone you trust to give an honest appraisal of your child’s achievements.
Yes, of course! Parents can and should be vouchers too. Who knows your child better than you? While you might not be the most unbiased source to vouch for your child’s accomplishments, you certainly should contribute. Leave the majority of the touchdowns and game winning shots to the coaches. Sure a secondary vouch for those types of accomplishments doesn’t hurt. But focus in on the greatest good you can do for your child As a parent you are in the best position to tell you child’s story. With your vouches you can provide a look into the heart and soul of your child and show off what your child is like behind the scenes. That’s not information that a coach or a teacher typically have access to. You know how your child acts from day to day at home and in other family settings. Acts of kindness and responsibility are just as important to her portfolio as swim championships. They tell the story of her character. So be sure to capture and vouch for those behind the scenes moments when they happen. Otherwise the rest of the world will never know.
After you capture and tag an accomplishment of your child doing something amazing, you need only tap on the word “Unvouched” beneath the photo. This will bring up a field to enter your voucher’s email address and another field to write a quick note. Just give a quick explanation about the accomplishment and kindly ask for a vouch. After that tap "Send Request" and your vouch request is on its way. Your voucher will get a friendly email notifying her that your child has requested a vouch. There will also be link that will take the voucher to a page with your child's photo or video. There the voucher can "Approve" or "Decline" the vouch and make comments. While you are waiting for a reply the status indicator will then read “Pending.” Once it has been accepted the status will say "Vouched" and have a green checkmark next to it. If for some reason the voucher chooses to decline the vouch then your status will say "Denied" alongside a red exclamation mark. If that is the case, you can always resend your vouch request with further clarification. And there you have it. Super easy.
Vouches are important to your child's future because each one is like a pocket-sized letter of recommendation. Vouchers are authorities on your child's accomplishments because hey have seen what your child has achieved with their own eyes. And they have played a meaningful role in helping her develop. So their comments and validation will carry weight when it is time for your child to share her portfolio. Vouching says that your child's accomplishments are for real. If you collect enough of these over the years your child will have an army of advocates testifying in her behalf. And when an interviewer sees that, it won't be hard for her to understand just how amazing your child is.
What should you put in your child's AdotMe portfolio? Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. Since every portfolio is tailored to the goals of each child, no two portfolios are going to be the same. So it all depends on what you and your child hope to accomplish. A girl aiming for a performing arts scholarship in college is going to have a very different portfolio from a boy who spends his evenings building contraptions for his after school robotics club. The key is to look at what you and your child want to accomplish. What are your goals? Those future plans more than anything else will determine the contents of your child's portfolio. But even though portfolios will vary, there are a few basic rules to keep in mind that will help ensure success.
1. Focus on what is most relevant to your child’s goals Before posting to AdotMe, always ask yourself if the photo or video is relevant to your goals. This may seem obvious, but it is easy to overlook. For example, though your daughter losing her first tooth is a moment you will always want to remember, it is not necessarily an ideal fit for your her portfolio. Sure, maybe it would work if she wants to be a dentist when she grows up, but even then it is less an accomplishment and more a happy memory. So if your child’s goal is to be a concert pianist, that lost tooth pic probably isn’t going to do her much good down the road. The truth is that as parents, we think that most everything our children do is awesome. And we should, because to us it is. But when it comes to preparing for our children's futures it is vital to differentiate between what is meaningful to us and what will be useful to them down the road. This is not to say that AdotMe isn’t a fantastic resource for organizing family memories. It certainly is. And many people use it just for that. But if you are intent on helping your child get ahead in the future, it is probably best to keep those special family moments separate from the professional portfolio you are building. 2. Plan out the story you want to tell The accomplishments you collect in AdotMe should be more than just a random compilation of amazing things your child did over the years. No, they need to work together to tell the story of your child’s growth and success. That way, when the time comes to share them, all those accomplishments feel like they have all been part of a plan. Everything about your child's portfolio should cry out how she has been prepared for to reach her goals. Whatever that pivotal moment might be, you want your child's AdotMe portfolio to impress. If your child is interviewing for a job, then you want her potential employer to easily understand the story of her accomplishments. A good story will illustrate your child's character. It will show how her accomplishments have worked together to prepare her to meet her goals. On the other hand, while a collection of random accomplishments might be impressive, it doesn't paint the bigger picture. So make sure you have a clear narrative in mind and that the accomplishments you include in her portfolio all contribute to it. 3. Clearly mark your child’s growth and progress As you tell your child’s story via AdotMe, keep in mind the importance of marking your child’s growth. This ties right into storytelling. Accomplishments should build off of one another so her progression is obvious. If she started at point A, skipping right to point Z without is going to leave a lot of gaps. And it’s not going to do much good if all her potential employer sees is that first job chart with all the gold stars. Your child’s growth needs to be marked all along the way. Every milestone needs to be included. By showing her progression, you create a logical flow of events. And that will help interviewers to easily understand the narrative. Seeing how one achievement leads into another is a must. This allows her accomplishments to build momentum and it shows that she is ready for the grand finale. 4. Always, always include your child's greatest hits Finally, as you collect, tag, and vouch all of your child's accomplishments, remember to go heavy on the greatest hits. AdotMe was created to help your child shine. Just like building a resume or a LinkedIn profile, you want to showcase what sets your child apart from everyone else. So don't be bashful about focusing on her strengths. You know what they are. An AdotMe portfolio is the place to show off what makes your child amazing.. So include all those mega milestones and brag-worthy achievements. Include the best of what she has done so she can make a powerful impression when she needs to. You want all her (and your) hard work and determination to pay off right? Well, with AdotMe you can make that happen. No matter what your child dreams of becoming in the future, try using these helpful hints to reinforce her AdotMe portfolio and maximize her prospects. The future is wide open. With AdotMe and plan for success, your child has the tools to go anywhere and do anything.
AdotME has incorporated a sharing feature into its app, so all your child’s achievements don’t go unnoticed. Sharing the best of what you child does with an audience is just a good idea. And if you are using AdotME to help secure your child's future, then you know how important it is to share her accomplishments with the right audience.