Why I Am Being Punished for Letting My Kids Own iPads


I will be the first to admit that my kids own iPads. I will also shamelessly admit that after a long day of work, my children enjoy some time on their electronic devices, most likely accompanied with a bowl a Pirate’s Booty, so I can throw together some dinner before my husband gets home from work.

But it has come at a cost; not one that affects my children but more so my husband and I. 

It haunts me daily. It plays through my head at random times of the day and no matter how hard I try to shake it, the sounds come back, louder than before. On a good day, my mind wakes up clear and fresh, without a trace of this side-effect. But 90% of the time, no matter how hard I try, I just can’t hide from it.

It always finds me and my kids always find it.

YOU know what I’m talking about. Those videos and songs that run nonstop on YouTube that kids magically find and quickly become obsessed with. Yes. THOSE videos. The ones they become so obsessed with, they never stop watching them. Episodes of Little Einsteins or Mickey Mouse no longer are good enough. My kids continuously watch these videos and seem to actually enjoy them. It got to the point where I started to question my parenting skills until I realized – I’m not alone.

The Five Most Annoying YouTube Songs Your Kids Will Never Give Up 

1. The Family Finger Song

Because singing this song with Mommy and Daddy isn’t enough, there is now Frozen fingers, Super Hero Fingers and every Disney Jr. character finger ever invented. Just when I feel the song is nearing an end and I start to breath a sigh of relief, another Finger Family song is chosen, but this time it’s even longer than the first one. I need to record my own version of the Finger Family song, only mine uses just one of my five fingers…

2. Surprise Eggs

I’m so confused as to why my children can be entertained for what seems like eternity as as someone opens plastic eggs that are filled with random junk. I mean, I will happily fill up a tub of plastic eggs containing pieces and parts of their own junk toys.  I guess what I’m really wondering is how much the genius who thought of this is making these days. 

3. Caillou

This cartoon has been banned from my house for years. Once my daughter got a Caillou movie for her birthday that I accidentally let slip into the garbage with the wrapping paper from her gifts. I’ll never forget the day when I heard that voice. YOU know that voice. The shrill, whiny voice of a child named none other than Caillou. I even tried to block the video from all of the internet settings on the iPad,  but it’s only a moment of time until that whiny twerp finds his way back into my life.

4. Johnny Johnny Song

Yes, Papa? I can’t. I can’t even write anything nice about this song because otherwise it will get stuck in my head for years. The best is when they find real people acting out different scenarios of the song. I guess anything to get those likes.

5. The Gummy Bear Song

While this one is the lesser of all evils, it still gets under my skin. My favorite is when my kids find that one episode that plays the song for 100 hours straight. The novelty of the song lasts about 5 seconds until I want to pull my hair out. But in all seriousness, when you figure out the real words to the song, give me a call. 

I will be the first to admit that my children own their own electronics. Does it rule their life? No. At times, does it help make my life easier and the busy nights a bit more manageable? Yes. But I guess all happiness comes at a cost. Maybe even one day I will miss hearing the Family Finger Song.

Just kidding. That will never happen.