I’m probably not cut out to be a parent, to be honest with you. I’m not really that responsible, I don’t do a great job of taking care of myself, and I have a pretty short temper when it comes to people screwing around. That’s why it’s been a huge challenge to play step mom to my significant other’s two young children this past summer. As if it isn’t hard enough to start a new job, maintain a functional relationship, and run a small household… throw a few screaming kids onto the pile and see how things go for you. If you’re anything like me, you will be near a mental breakdown within a few weeks. One of the things that was most difficult was regulating our indoor air quality while they were here. Sure, they were always contaminating the air with their stinky messes and pet projects, but even worse was their affinity for the smart thermostat in the hallway. Every day I would find that the indoor air was suddenly shockingly hot or cold, and had no idea what was going on with our central heating and cooling system for quite some time until I caught the rugrats in action, standing on a chair to modify the indoor air temperature settings. We tried to tell them not to touch the thermostat, but nothing changed their obsession with the air temperature control panel. Finally, I figured out what to do to stop them at the source of the ventilation tomfoolery. I called the nearest HVAC shop, and asked them to raise the entire thermostat by 2 feet. Now I have to stand on my tippy toes to reach the air quality controls, but there’s no way the kiddos can keep screwing with us.