Recognizing that parents may only have a few minutes a day to listen to podcasts, the ParentNormal Comedy Podacst will now be produced in very short and easy to listen to episodes three times a week, beginning with this episode.
ParentNormal News updates will be released every Tuesday. Special guest interviews will be released on Thursdays. And on Saturdays, I’ll share my answers from the ParentNormal Mailbag.
We’ll still have a theme for each week, and this week’s theme is YouTube vs. Television, so here’s what’s in the ParentNormal News about YouTube and TV:
A new study is highlighting the differences between the TV watching habits of kids and their parents. The study finds that kids are spending more time than ever watching shows online. Meanwhile, most of a parent’s TV watching time is not spent in front of a TV or a computer. Most of parent’s TV watching time is actually spent watching kids not go to sleep.
In Deerfield, Montana, HBO is revoking the subscription of a parent who hasn’t watched the channel in months. HBO says it’s just helping the parent save money that’s being wasted. Critics however, suggest HBO doesn’t want to be associated with anyone who continues watching a show like Calliou after their kids have already left the room.
In related news, Netflix says it is making a change to the way it recommends shows for parents. Rather than suggest shows to watch, Netflix will be making a blanket recommendation for all parents to stop watching the exact same cartoon episode over and over again just because that’s what their kids want to watch.
In Crenshaw, Vermont, a baby girl has already discovered YouTube and the girl’s parents are not happy about it. Since discovering clips of MTV Cribs on YouTube, the baby has become outraged that her crib is so puny by comparison. The baby is now demanding her crib be upgraded to include a doorbell, a stocked refrigerator, a garage full of luxury cars, a room for random friends to hang out in and a bed where the magic happens – as in actual Harry Potter-like magic.
Meanwhile, in tech news, a TV manufacturing company has started working on the most ambitious enhancement to smart TVs since the advent of streaming television. The executive who came up with the plan is being called a mad scientist by some while others are calling him just a frustrated dad after he showed up one morning looking frazzled and asking everyone the question, if smart TVs are so smart, why can’t they find where my toddler keeps hiding the damn remote control? Since that day, he’s been investing all of his time and energy on the project, which currently still involves trying to find where his toddler lost his damn remote control.
And finally, a father in Ontario, Canada is feeling the wrath of his children after beating them in a race. In his defense, the dad says he never imagined he was going to win by such a large margin. But sure enough, the dad ran a mile backwards in flip-flops faster than his kids could walk 10 feet forward with the television on.
And those are the parentnormal news headlines!
On Thursday I’ll have a brand new interview to share with Deva Dalporto, a mom whose videos on YouTube have been downloaded millions of times. She is the creator of the viral videos “What Does the Kid Say,” as well as the mom parodies of “Let It Go, ” “I’m So Cranky” and many more catchy songs. NBC recently called her the “Weird Al of YouTube Moms.
I’ll talk with her about how she got started making videos for YouTube, how she decides what to make her videos about and what advice she has for anyone who might want to make their own videos for YouTube.
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