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Parenting Performance Review (VIDEO)

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I don’t know many parents that would be pleased to hear their kid(s) would like to have a meeting and go over their job performance…

…And that’s precisely why we made this video.


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We usually have enough guilt, as parents, to travel to the sun and back on our rocket boosters of regret. We can barely hear our grown kids say “I hate you” without our soul crumpling into a speck. Both Andy and I know we aren’t perfect parents with our respective families. It’s obvious, to me at least, that I do an okay job but I would never kid myself about being the ultimate dad. If there were contests or spelling bees to crown someone as a great dad, I’d lose out to some fanny pack-wearing mommy-dad. Hands down.

I’d like to be better. Maybe we should actually institute these employee reviews because let’s face it: we’re employees here and our employers are tough customers.

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22 Comments

22 Responses to “Parenting Performance Review (VIDEO)”

  1. Liesbet says:

    Ooooooooooaaaaaaaaaah. The video is great, but your blog actually made me sad. The kind of puppy-dog-eyes-sad, not the real sad :-)

      • Liesbet says:

        Sad that you think your kid wouldn’t give you a good review. That you think other parents are better. And also a bit because of YOUR puppy eyes in the video… :-)

        I really don’t know why other people would be better at parenting than you are. My parents both worked fulltime, just like me and my boyfriend do. My parents didn’t take us to playgrounds and parks and the zoo all the time. And I won’t take MY kids every weekend either. As a teenager I hated my parents. Of course. Just like every other teenager. But my parents have always loved my unconditionally, just like I love my daughter (and the baby boy growing in my belly) with all my heart. And you know what? I consider my parents the BEST parents in the whole world, and I hope I will be able to give my kids the same upbringing as I have had. Were they perfect? Of course not, nobody ever is. But they did the best they could, they gave the best they had, and in the end, it WAS the best. For me.
        So I’m pretty sure that you and Andy are wonderful parents, although of course you’ll make mistakes, like any other parent. xxx

  2. Bullgrit says:

    Awesome funny! Kids are so bipolar by nature, they might fire you one minute and give you a promotion the next. Depending on whether you bought them that piece of candy while waiting in the checkout line.

  3. Monica says:

    I loved this video. Finn Nailed it!

    I think it’s great b/c we know we aren’t perfect parents and we can kid about what type of review our kids might give us. Would they be hard on us? If they aren’t hard on us, then it’s not near as funny. I don’t think you believe you would be “Fired” but I am sure at some time or another we all have had that brief thought. Loved the call to your wife at the end. Pure Genius to have her spice up the MOM Resume.

  4. Annie says:

    That was hilarious! He did such a good job for only being two!! My favorite part was the big clock part. LOL Oh man. I had to watch it twice. Honestly I talk to my other friends who are parents and we all have this fear that we are “doing it wrong.” It is a constant fear that never goes away. Even when people say you are an awesome mom I still worry. I was telling my friend the other day that the fact that he worries about this so much and the fact that he is THERE puts him ahead of a lot of fathers. So anyways awesome video!

  5. SO great Charlie! I LOVE IT!!! Finn is SO adorable!

    And ah – my son is 10. And you aren’t kidding – I have received parenting performance reviews. I don’t always fair too well. ;)

  6. Awesome! Love the video. So stinkin’ cute!
    My kid would fire me for not letting him put chocolate syrup on his toast this morning. And then he’d hire me back again when he missed me at school. ;)

  7. Stephanie K. says:

    This is SOOO CUTE!!! Finn is awesome :-) I miss him!

  8. Braindonkey says:

    hehe. I have many times thought this scene in my head. “you made my mac and cheese too hot! Mommy is getting the promotion!”

    I however coincidentally just had a review and apparently passed with flying colors:
    http://braindonkey.com/2012/02/20/ashley-says-my-favorite-word-is-daddy/

    yep. I rock. (until next week. little damn psychopath)

  9. Ah, another performer in the family! :)

  10. Laurie says:

    Ahh..What a cutie!! I have feeling he would really give you a great review!

  11. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! I spat out my green smoothie while watching!

  12. Tilly says:

    Hahah this is great :)

  13. molly says:

    This is awesome. LOVED it.

  14. Brandy says:

    Bwhahahaha. Finn and Landon would get along great on the island of Sodor. I wish they had summer camps…

  15. Canadian Dad says:

    Man, one of you two is a great actor! You were okay too I guess, lol.

    My kid would have sat there for a minute and then asked to play Angry Birds on the computer until I gave up on the whole bit…

  16. CobyLyn says:

    Hilarious! Finn is adorable! I can’t wait for you guys to shoot more! Hope Mom gets her chance too ;)

  17. Holly says:

    That was hilarious! Also, I wholeheartedly agree with the above sentiment–kids are bipolar by nature.

  18. The L is not silent, Finn!

  19. DadStreet says:

    That was an interesting take from Liesbet on the background of your video. While what she wrote was very well written I won’t get into feedback on that front.

    Instead I just want to say that you really have an excellent talent. The video was very well produced. Good work Charlie and Andy.

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