This Mom Freaking Out About The Thermostat Is All Of Us

by Maria Guido
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Image via Facebook/Autumn Brandon

Mom’s thermostat note goes viral

It’s that time of year again! When your family is always “freezing” and your oil bill goes up so high you can barely afford groceries. Your kids don’t care. They don’t understand things like a “budget” or putting on a sweatshirt or NOT TOUCHING THE FREAKING THERMOSTAT.

One mom’s friendly reminder to her family has gone viral, because we all sympathize with her.

“Unless you answer yes to ALL of these, do not turn on heat,” her note begins.

“Are you wearing a hoodie/pants/socks? Is it November? Do you pay the gas bill?”

There are nearly 28,000 comments on the post, because we’re all sick of someone in the family who will remain unnamed who likes to prance around in a T-shirt in the middle of winter, complaining she’s cold. There is one mom who showed up to prove how cold-hearted the rest of us are:

“Hmm if my kids are cold they can turn the heater on. They know how high to put it. I don’t feel like my kids should always have to wear a sweater at home. I guess when it comes to the comfort of my children I’m not cheap.”


The funniest part? The majority of the comments are just people passive-aggressively tagging each other, which is hilarious because it proves this is not just a problem between parents and children. There’s always a cold spouse. Not it.

Some helpful tips popped up, too:

“I’ve found that when I boil something on the stove (like noodles), it quickly raises the temp in the whole house. (Useful info when you have slow baseboard heat) Cold? Pasta may be the answer!”

Yes to this. We all have our tricks. A boiling tea kettle makes a cold kitchen feel warmer in an instant.

For the record, researchers have found that setting the temperature at 65 degrees is best for a good night’s sleep. “Research has also found that room temperatures as low as 60.8 degrees are best when people pile on the blankets,” the Wall Street Journal reports. “If our core temperature is too high the brain cannot easily make the switch from being awake to being asleep, or create the best quality sleep.”

See? There’s a method to mom’s madness. One thing is for sure though, unless you pay the heating bill — keep your hands off the thermostat.

That rule should just be universal.

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