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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

A tribute to YouTube parenting

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Dear YouTube,

Thank you, from the bottom of my wine soaked mummy tummy, for all the things you've schooled me in.

So far this week alone, there have been two massive saves thanks to YouTube:

1.  OMG the world as we know it is about to end because my Samsung Galaxy tablet won't charge or turn on.

With the assistance of YouTube and Austin Scott's guide to DIY Samsung Galaxy repairs - Austin apologised at the start of his clip for his recent absence, on account of taking his Mum's car and being grounded...before producing a knife and jimmying open his tablet....

I get that his mother was pissed about her car, but dude has skillz and I would be nurturing that electronic genius.  It saved me around $200 in repair fees, all for the low low price of one steak knife and 5 minutes of frantic effort while the kids kept watch for #1Hubby (who would've completely lost his shit if he saw me attacking one of our e-babies with a sharp implement).

Pop the back off, disconnect and reconnect the battery terminals, and huzzah!  I have lavished attention on my e-baby ever since I gave it the kiss of life.

Thank you Austin Scott and YouTube.  You completely saved me from losing my shit.

And it totally counts as YouTube parenting because it's an e-baby and it doubles as an e-babysitter with the IRL offspring.

2.  All things loom band

About three months ago, I caved to the pressure of this phenomenon and bought the girls the cheapest kits I could find.

Yesterday I finally deferred to the YouTube gods on how to loom.

We had previously attempted it my usual style - winging it.

It was a roaring disaster and, for a short time, I had the girls convinced that the entire process was placing the bands on the plastic grid and then taking them off and starting over again.

Sadly, they grew wise to my severe lack of know-how when they kept seeing TV ads of fancy bracelets and purses and beanies (seriously...a loom band beanie?  WTF?).

Three months of half-arsed parenting and feeling only slightly guilty about it, and it took the perky mastermind from Mastermind Toys all of 3 minutes and ten seconds to explain it in an idiots step by step visual for my good self.

Which I had to watch three times to get it right.

Have now reclaimed Mother of the Year status, and my girls' world once again revolves around my awesomeness.

I mean, we're only on the basic band.  But I figure there's the next school holidays and the next ones and the ones after that through to at least 2018 to master the fishtail, double band, and coveted beanie and purse.

Total parenting win on account of the blissful hours of silence I am enjoying now that the girls are not all I'm borreeeed and this is wrongggggg and they don't hold together like the bracelet on the boxxxxxxx and she flicked hers at me and it got me in the eye and now I can't seeeeee.

Excellent school holidays entertainment that I probably should've sorted in the first few days, not the last....

So, yeah.  Some people choose to read books or instructions or ask those in the know.

I choose to defer to YouTube when in parental doubt.

It's so much better than Wikipedia because it has pictures and videos for easily distracted people like....ooh squirrel!

Much love til the next parenting crisis,


  1. PMSL laughing at the sharp object on an e-baby.
    Thankfully I haven't had to consider the loom phenomenon that seems to have hit but you are right - you probably should have looked at YouTube closer to the beginning of the holidays instead of the end !!!
    Have the best day !
    Me xox

  2. Thanks to YouTube I can now open up my own cake shop. Or I could if I wanted to. Looks like if I do a bit more research I could open up a cake shop that doubled as an electronic repair store.

  3. You tube saves my ass like every day!!! Like recently I searched how to keep a 9 month old from flipping and kicking while putting on his clothes after bath time. You tube first said to keep baby distracts blah blah blahz. Well that's too much work for an already pooped mommy! Kept searching And this funny video of a dad laying his leg across the baby to prevent rolling! Turns out my screwed up way of handling my kids works best after all!


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