Get Your Mom Involved
We’re living through a tech heavy era right now and it seems some mothers out there are, how can we put it mildly, suck at technology. We’ve all seen the humorous texting fails from moms online, so it’s difficult to consider how best to get these moms involved in bitcoin. I’m aware there are more tech-savvy moms out there too, so this Bitcoin Top 5 covers all bases!
5. Make an urgent request for her to send you some live on television
Perhaps worrying her is not the best way to get your mom using bitcoins, but at least asking her to send you bitcoins on live TV may prompt her to find out what the heck a bitcoin is. whether she understands or not is another matter. You may still have to take additional steps to get her fully involved. That’s what this college football fan did. Luckily for this guy, even though his mom may not have sent him any, he did rake in over $24,000 in donations from kind onlookers feeling his plight.
4. Get her to read Bitcoin books to grand kids…if she has any yet!
Some moms out there are grandmothers, providing an excellent opportunity to sneak in a little bitcoin education. A series of books have been developed to teach kids about bitcoin and it’s uses. What perfect way to get your mom involved than to get her to read one of these to your kids. Sure, she may have some questions if she has never heard of bitcoin before, but that will only provide a novel opportunity for you, your kids and her to chat about it. And if she has heard of it before but has been reluctant to get involved, maybe seeing how kids view bitcoin and what it means to them might give her additional perspective.
3. Explain bitcoin like she’s five
“Explain bitcoins like I’m five”, treats bitcoins like apples. This article doesn’t actually speak in the condescending tone the title may suggest to some. It is just one of the most simplified, stripped down ways of explaining bitcoin to anyone, of any age. It evokes the right kind of imagery so that you can’t help but get it. That’s exactly what you want when explaining something as complex as bitcoin to someone who has either never heard of bitcoin or is a complete technophobe.
“I have one apple with me. I give it to you. You now have one apple and I have zero. That was simple, right?”
Right. It’s actually that simple. But your mom will need to read the whole piece to understand why.
2. Use humour when explaining Bitcoin, just don’t bore her to death!
My own mother doesn’t fall into the complete technophobe category. She can text, she’s on Facebook, she understands the internet and uses various apps. Bitcoin is something she’s heard my dad and I talking about and she just isn’t too sure about the specifics of it. While I did show her the apples article, she doesn’t necessarily need bitcoin to be explained absolutely in layman’s terms. The problem is that it’s far too easy for my dad and I to ramble, and venture off on random tangents, inevitably causing her to switch off and turn her attention elsewhere. For moms like her out there, it’s probably best to leave the explanations to those who can succinctly explain bitcoin with a little humour. Capture her attention with humour and drip feed the more technical aspects after that.
1. Give her bitcoins for her birthday or other holiday
One of the best ways to teach someone about bitcoins is to give them some and show them how to use them. While it’s all well and good to give someone a small fraction of a bitcoin and bring them to a coffee shop to spend it, there are lots of other bigger ticket occasions where a gift of bitcoin can also be given. So why not give your mom some bitcoins for her birthday? Granted, you may also want to give her some flowers, because, well flowers are pretty and you can’t physically see bitcoin. But you could pay for a nice day out, just you and her, with bitcoins, and get her involved at the same time. It doesn’t have to be a stressful tech-centric way of paying for things, and she will see that through using it.
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