If you live in my house, you are constantly aware of the type of job you’re doing not only as a parent, but as a human being. Why? Because our preschooler has developed a very detailed rating system that puts Yelp and Rotten Tomatoes to shame.
That’s right, at any given time, Mr. KK and I are given immediate ratings and feedback, delivered through the complex rating system knows as: Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down.
Imagine if you could use this rating system as adults in real life???
When your waiter at a restaurant asks how you like your meal, you could give him a big Thumbs Down.
At work, when someone in a meeting throws out a ridiculous idea, you simply reply with Two thumbs Down.
And, after a decent first date, instead of the awkward kiss at the front door, you can give them an enthusiastic Two Thumbs Up!
But back to parenting. Just how does one earn this prestigious Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down rating? I’m glad you asked!
Here are just a few ways you can earn a Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down rating in our house:
- Ask Little Mister to wash his hands before dinner. Rating: Thumbs down.
- Shut off the TV when it’s time to go to bed. Rating: Two thumbs down.
- Say yes to dessert. Rating: Two thumbs up.
- Announce that it’s bath night. Rating: Thumbs down.
- Ask Little Mister to brush his teeth. Rating: Thumbs down.
- Remind Little Mister that he needs to put shoes on to go to school. Rating: Thumbs down.
- Read two books before bed. Rating: Two thumbs up.
- Mr. KK and I try to have an adult conversation. Rating: Two thumbs down.
- Limit TV intake to a normal amount. Rating: Two thumbs down.
- Try and hold hands in a busy parking lot. Rating: Thumbs down.
- Give Little Mister the ‘Thumbs Down’. Rating: Two thumbs down.
Not everyone can have this educational rating system in their house. In order to do so, you must have a very opinionated preschooler with a strong will and award-winning frown face.
My current rating: Thumbs medium. I’ll take it!