There are the parents who can admit that their kids’ babysitter sometimes goes by the name of YouTube, and then there are the seemingly more wholesome parents, who are also Liar McLiarfaces, who would never let their children over-indulge in screen time.
Most parents start out with great intentions, such as not allowing their kids to watch TV before the age of two. But then, the reality of parenthood comes along and sucker punches them right between the legs and they lower their standards in order to survive this thing.
While most parents would never admit that they’re a bit lax on policing their children’s screen time while they tend to a never-ending list of tasks required to raise tiny humans, like cooking dinner, preparing school lunches, using the bathroom without an audience, or, heaven forbid, enjoying a hot damn minute to themselves, the funny parents of Twitter have no problem serving us a side of some cold, hard, hilarious parenting truth.
Here’s what Twitter parents have to say about the tube of yous:
Oh good, my kids found another 30-second clip on YouTube to obsess over.
— Ramblin Mama (@ramblinma) March 23, 2017
What I say: get dressed and brush your teeth
What my kids hear: bust out your tablet and watch grown men playing Minecraft on YouTube
— Valerie (@ValeeGrrl) July 18, 2017
The only thing my kid loves more than playing video games is watching other people play video games on YouTube
— DaddyJew (@DaddyJew) October 2, 2015
There's a YouTube video of 4 year old reciting 50 digits of Pi and mine just told me we can't hold water because it's "slippery."
— The Dad (@thedad) July 21, 2016
Apparently parenthood is so glamorous that my top visited sites are kids' shows on YouTube and pictures of rashes… pic.twitter.com/LI1kpVDmSz
— Unfiltered Mama (@UnfilteredMama) April 16, 2016
My son asked what it's like to be a dad. So I climbed onto his back & asked if I could play a game or watch YouTube until his head exploded.
— The Real American Dadass (@R_A_Dadass) March 22, 2017
Parenting tip: If you can't get your kid's attention, just start any video on Youtube and they will be at your side in seconds.
— Abe Yospe (@Cheeseboy22) November 8, 2014
In hell, someone always wants to show you a YouTube video.
— Lurkin' Mom (@LurkAtHomeMom) December 26, 2016
Motherhood: The time in your life where it takes 36 minutes to watch a 1:30 minute YouTube video.
— MyMomologue (@MyMomologue) August 29, 2015
If you're really desperate for a babysitter, YouTube videos of 1st person POV Disneyland rides can do the job in a pinch.
— Walking Outside in Slippers (@WalkingOutside) January 17, 2017
If I ever really want my kids' attention I can just make a YouTube video of me "unboxing" whatever I need to say.
— Kate Hall (@KateWhineHall) March 31, 2017
I'm not saying I would rather listen to a bag of hammers in a clothes dryer than my kid talking about YouTube videos, but it's close.
— HowToBeADad (@HowToBeADad) August 24, 2017
[Explaining my fantasy football draft]Is this boring you?
Me: This is how I feel when you tell me about a video on Youtube.
— Simon Holland (@simoncholland) August 29, 2017
My kid loves watching other kids open toys on YouTube which is great because Christmas is going to cost so much less this year
— Brandon (@proathomedad) August 18, 2017
You know how there are literally millions of YouTube videos?
Let's watch just this one. Over and over.
— Mommy Cusses (@mommy_cusses) January 28, 2017
I don’t know about you, but YouTube sounds a lot better than dropping $50+ on Linda from Care.com who wants to teach your kid to make swans out of aluminum foil.
Settle down, Linda.