Today’s post looks at quality from a toddler’s perspective, revealing what your toddler wishes you knew about quality management.
Quality Control (QC)
Effective QC means no defective food, ever. There are several things you should know by now about toddlers and food:
- Broken cookies or crackers are offensive and reflect poorly on you.
- Any non-cheese sauce is a contaminant and may not touch anything that goes in your toddler’s mouth.
- All sandwiches must be cut into triangles, unless your kid wants squares today (don’t be rude and complain if you figure this out after you’ve already cut the sandwich).
- Drinks are only acceptable in the proper cup, which is always the one a sibling already has.
Break any one of these rules and you can expect a complete and total breakdown. But guess what? That’s just your fault for not reading your child’s mind, which is the first principle of quality management in parenting.
The second key principle for ensuring your toddler’s complete and total happiness is to implement a Quality Management System (QMS). The Plan-Do-Check-Act approach allows you to do this in just 4 easy steps:
- Plan that you will be tired and broken until your child is out of diapers, possibly longer.
- Do keep plenty of snacks on hand, especially whatever you ran out of two days ago.
- Check your attitude and accept that potty training is not a thing. Just because you gave up the convenience of diapers doesn’t mean your child has to.
- Act on providing “better” food (chocolate milk and french fries), enriching activities (e.g., more screen time or trips to the splash pad) and more attention (that means put your phone down).
Risk management for toddlers is easy, as long as you keep in mind the following handy tips:
- Diaper changes sometimes result in an innocent kick to a parent’s face. Remember to wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) such as gloves, a helmet and a respirator.
- Sleeping alone is also dangerous for a toddler (goblins are real). You can mitigate this risk by allowing your child to sleep in your bed, perpendicular to you if at all possible.
- Effective risk management is all about leveraging predictive capabilities. Getting slapped by your child usually only happens after your toddler has made repeated efforts to communicate their wishes to you using brain waves and unintelligible screams of rage.
Sometimes, you will fail as a parent. In these instances, your toddler will step in to provide an appropriate Corrective Action.
Such corrective actions may include:
- Tossing offensive casseroles or other dinner items on the floor.
- Delaying an inappropriately early bedtime with insane amounts of crying and endless requests for water, snacks and lost stuffed animals.
- Removal of unnecessarily formal clothing, such as pants or a t-shirt.
Remember to be grateful to receive these corrections and the opportunity to improve your parenting skills. Do everyone a favor and make sure you prevent the issue from happening again.
Once you realize that being a good parent means never saying no to anything, you will be well on your way to improving the overall quality of your parenting skills.
Now that you’ve learned the principles of quality management from the perspective of your toddler, download our QMS guidebook to learn some principles for improving quality management in your organization.