Love-hate relationship with YouTube

I have a love-hate relationship with YouTube.  My daughter just started using it recently (that’ll be another post). First, YouTube is like a drug for children. When my daughter first started watching it, she was into it all the time. She’d watch these dumb videos about these older girls who would be bad and cry and have pacifiers. These girls were like 8 years old or somewhere around there. These girls were throwing food. When I noticed my daughter acting out a bit more, I told her no to these videos. I told her that they would bad. Being the smart girl that she is, she would see one and point to them and say “That one bad” and then I would tell her yes and she would find a different video. I’ve never realized how many “weird” videos there are on YouTube until I had a kid. Some of the videos she watches are annoying but educational. There’s a couple where the child uses different things to talk about what colors they are. Some of the things he uses are balloons, chip containers, M&Ms, etc. Educational Yes. Annoying: Super Yes. The child practically shouts the color every time. I honestly don’t know why he can’t just talk in a normal tone. Then there’s the videos of children who play with their dolls or their siblings and use their imagination. They’re not always the best but they’re better than the Bad baby ones. Then the weirdest ones to me are the adults who make videos with dolls. These adults are buying ball pits and toys for these dolls and treating them like real children. They’re taking these dolls to the park like it’s a real baby. I just don’t know how or why they do it. The second most annoying videos, to me, are the ones where these 5-8 year old children have pacifiers in their mouths. I honestly want to know where their parents are thinking?

YouTube has is pros and cons. Lately I’ve been seeing YouTube pop on my Facebook newsfeed. The one thing that it popped up for was a creepy person dressed up as a clown at the bottom. This was supposedly popping up on the kids version of YouTube. Another thing that popped up the other day on my newsfeed was how there’s videos of Peppa Pig or other popular characters doing bad things, like suicide and burning down houses. This also pops up on the kids YouTube version. These videos are allowed on the kids version because they aren’t labeled as bad. I think YouTube needs to fix this. I was going to try to contact them about it but they don’t have an e-mail where you can contact at them.  They should pay stay at home mom’s to help clean up these videos so they aren’t appearing on the Kids version or coming up when children search videos. I’m a stay at home mom and I closely monitor what my child watches. I’m sure there’s other mom’s like me out there. If YouTube just hired some SAHMs to take care of this, I’m sure their app could be cleaned up and more reliable. Because at the end, the kids version should be clean enough for our children to watch.

 

 

 

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Happy Easter!!

The holidays are more fun when you have children, especially when they get older. Melody didn’t understand Easter last year but now she’s starting to understand so much more and it’s so amazing to watch and it’s pretty awesome to be a part of. I told her the Easter bunny was going to come and bring her presents. I told her if she was bad he wouldn’t come at all. The week before Easter, I did some crafts with her and read her a couple Easter books.

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This one one of the crafts that we did. I helped her paint her hands and make the bunnies. The next craft we did was this:

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I was originally going to glue these onto string and make a garland out of them and hang it like that but I ended up running out of time. It’s hard to see in the photo but she colored most of them herself. Her Pa, Grandma, Dada, and Mama colored one each. Grandma actually colored a couple more than one. I didn’t even have time to cut them out perfectly. I did a rush job the night before Easter.

 

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Melody’s daddy and her colored eggs the night before Easter as well. I helped out for a bit but then the infant needed me so I had to tend to her. It was Melody’s first time coloring Easter eggs and she was so excited to do it. This is one of the reasons why holidays are more fun with children, seeing the joys on their face as they do things.

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This is her plate to leave carrots for the Easter Bunny. My boyfriend actually made the vinyl for it. He has his own Etsy store, if you want to check it out –> Etsy Store

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After Melody went to bed, I hid her presents that night for her to find. I hid them in a simple location since she’s young. As she gets older, I’ll hide them in a more difficult spot. The baby is hiding her basket. Funny story about her baby: For like a year now, my mom and I have been hiding that baby every night for her to find in the morning. Every morning when she wakes up, she finds the baby. Every time she finds it, she laughs. It’s fun.

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We didn’t do much for Easter. My mom and I actually went shopping. We didn’t have an Easter dinner or anything like that. We ended up just spending some time together as a family. We also took some photos. The shirts are also something available in the Etsy shop. Overall it was a good holiday and time well spent with family. It’ll be more fun next year when the little one can tag along and be excited too!

I hope everyone had a Happy Easter.

App Review

I don’t have many apps that I like to use. I have tested certain games or certain apps. Some of them don’t fit up to my standards and some of them I just don’t care for. However, one app I use every day is an app called Lucktastic. I’ve been using this app for a year or more now. It’s pretty cool. If you like to buy scratch off tickets, this app is a good addition to that. Or something to help with the scratch off addiction. You don’t have to pay a fee. Every day they give you a certain amount of cards that you can scratch off. Some of them are worth money and others are worth tokens. If you sign into the app every day, you get an extra bonus. The tokens add up over time and you can trade them in for gift cards to restaurants or stores. For me, it’s been taking a long time to add those tokens up. I also haven’t scratched a card that won me any money. But it’s an interesting app if you like to do scratch off cards and eventually earn coins. I recommend this app.

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^^Click the above link if you would like to sign up.

You had sex!!

I think it would be awkward, no matter what age you are, to tell you parents that you’re pregnant. Telling my mom wasn’t really that hard. I had an easier time telling her about my first pregnancy than I had with telling her about my second. However telling my dad was hard with both of them. I actually wrote him a note the first time around and my mom told him for me the second time around. I’m such a chicken when it comes to my dad. Anyways, I felt like I’m shouting “I had sex” whenever I announced that I was pregnant. When someone tells me that they’re pregnant, I think “oh, you had sex.” It’s such a weird thought but I most recently learned that I’m not the only one who thinks that.

Just a random blog post with a random topic.

It takes a village….

They say that it takes a village to raise a child and I completely agree. Before you have kids, you never realize how much work actually goes into raising children. There are people out there who like to try to compare taking care of a child to taking care of a dog and while they may have their similarities, it’s definitely more work to take care of a child. Being a parent means you never get a day off. You have to be up when your “boss” calls to you, even if you only slept 4 hours the night before. Being a parent means that you have to put yourself last. The needs of your baby always come first. It can honestly become overwhelming at times. But then your child will smile at you for the first time or coo and you’ll realize that it’s all worth it.

I say that it does take a village because I couldn’t imagine raising my daughters without my parents living close to me. When my first daughter was born, I lived with my parents. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I was a first time mom with this little baby. I never changed a baby’s diaper that was that little. I never breastfed or prepared formula. I never had to deal with something waking me up by crying in the middle of the night. It’s a lot to try to get used too. My mom was a godsend with my first daughter. The first week of my daughter’s life, she helped me transition into being a mom. She would wake up in the middle of the night with me and help me change the baby’s diaper. If the baby had a blow out, she would help me clean up that too. She would help me prepare a bottle if I needed it or burp her if she needed it. She did it a lot when I first came home but as I slowly got the hang of everything and learned my new role in life, she got to actually get back to her normal sleep schedule. With my second daughter, she didn’t live in the same house as I did so I had to do it all on my own. It didn’t take that long for me to fall into a routine. My parents were helpful when my second daughter was born. They are the ones who helped take care of Melody while I was in the hospital. I wouldn’t know what to do if I didn’t have them. They’re honestly the only people I trust to watch my children. It’s hard to trust anyone nowadays.

It does take a village to raise a child. My village just so happens to be a small one. But I’m grateful for them every day and all that they do. They help make this parenting experience easier.