YouTube: My New Favorite Babysitter

I recently may or may not have used my parental control password to clear the children to watch YouTube.  Unsupervised.

Relax.  It’s not like I gave them Benadryl so that they would sleep for the duration of the flight.  This time.

They didn’t wander through the scary Interwebz poking into amateur porn or tween bullying cage fighting–well, not so far as I know.  Far from it, in fact.  When they grew tired of viewing the same amateur Star Wars home movie clips over and over, they somehow found the home page for my own YouTube account.  Oh relax–there are no Star Wars home videos in my YouTube library.  No amateur porn, either.

That is to say that they discovered all the adorable videos of them which I have uploaded over the past half-decade and watched every single one of them.  Over.  And over.  And over.  Most of the videos are of themselves doing something mundane, such as singing Twinkle Twinkle, or having a tea party. In terms of who finds this most entertaining, and target audience, Grandma is pretty much alone in both  categories–until now!  Good golly, my floors are all shiny and clean, pantry reorganized, refrigerator shelves freshly decrustified and sparkling, and my bathrooms are so clean it’s like they’re begging me to serve dinner on the toilet seats.

All of that because everyone was busy narcissisticaly watching home video of themselves doing something just darling.

Take note, new parents:  take video now of your wee ones, your toddlers, your preschoolers, your gradeschoolers.  For there will come a time in the near future when you need just eleventy-hundred hours to yourselves, and pointing your kids’ Dorito holes towards your YouTube channel filled with dozens of videos of themselves may be like finding unlimited buckets of free time to catch up on everything you used to do back when you had enough leisure time to capture footage of your baby doing pretty much nothing.  (amIright?)


Cassandra can be found on Twitter @aclevergirl.  Learn more about her family’s unique challenges and why they have hope for a cure for muscular dystrophy at