I’m losing a little sleep tonite because I just volunteered for the opportunity to write my first review type blog entry!
The best part? I get to go to a really cool place. I’m welcome to take my children. I can even bring my husband!
I’ve never done this before…
There are no real rules, except that I get to go to this cool place and then all I have to do is write about it on my blog, twitter and/or facebook. That’s not a big deal, right?
In fact, it should be so easy because I KNOW I will love this place and what it has to offer on this occasion.
But here’s what was keeping me up:
I don’t want to ramble on about how much I really, really, really like this place. And how I really, really, really enjoyed what they had there.
I want to be helpful, real, and honest. Am I over-thinking this? YES. Might I write this and all of it fall on zero ears anyway? MAYBE. But what if it doesn’t?
So I had to dig deep to discover my method of determining how to write my review. And I found it!
When I go anywhere or do anything with my kids and I recommend it to my very best friend, I first tell her how much my kids did or did not like it. That’s all it takes to pass on a good recommendation to another parent: Pretend you’re telling your best friend. You wouldn’t steer your best friend wrong, right?
So when I tell my best friend what I thought of something, I first tell her from the perspective of each of my kids. My boys can be pretty complicated and mature about certain things, but when it comes to liking an activity, their thoughts are simple and to the point. If one of my boys wrote a review, it would likely be a brief rating, one they would remember the next time I told them they were going to go to or do it again.
I have two boys. Right now they are 9 and 4. Now, if you have, say girls, the opinion of boys might not be of help, but you could certainly use their opinion as a reference point. Let’s say you do have boys, but they are neither 9 nor 4, you can at least imagine how they were or will be at one of these ages. What I can give you straight is my opinion, as a parent, based on the reactions of my children to the event and how happy it made me.
Now take the word “Happy”. I still vow to only tell you how much I liked something. When it comes to posting about my opinion on the Internet, I abide by the motto of Thumper’s mommy: If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. (Unless of course it’s dangerous or disgusting). That’s just me though. I still depend heavily on hardcore, no holds barred, opinions and reviews to make many decisions.
Below is the rating scale for each of my children which, in turn, determines my happiness as a parent. They are dubbed by each child’s nickname. On a scale of 5 to 1, 5 would be the best possible scenario this mother could ask for. Each rating is based on actual words my children have used to clue me in on their honest opinion.
The E.E. Muck Muck Rating (Our 9 year old son)
5 – Do we have to go home?
4 – I can’t wait to tell my friends!
3 – Where are we going next week?
2 – Can I play your phone?
1 – Can we leave now?
The Turkey Rating (Our 4 year old son)
5 – I don’t wanna go home!
4 – I can’t wait to tell Nite-Nite Puppy!
3 – Did you bring me a snack?
2 – Can I play your phone?
1 – This is BOOOOR-ing!
I, myself, do not have a rating system. My satisfaction with a place, item, or experience is cut and dry. I either lose my mind or I don’t. As long as my kids are happy, I don’t lose my mind. And as long as I don’t lose my mind, I will have something nice to say. Call me a Positive Percy, but I want readers to want a great experience. If necessary, I’ll even throw in a tip or two on how to make you’re experience better than mine.
My first review comes out next month and I hope you’ll check it out. If your child has a rating scale, I’d like to know what it is!