Why YouTube Has Made Me a Better Parent

When my son Evan asks a question, he expects an answer and “maybe” or “I don’t know” are not answers in his book. Give him those responses and it’s an invitation to more questions. Below is a recent conversation between us that ended with a visit to You Tube.

Q: Where does the poopy go when we flush it?

A: A waste water treatment facility.

Q: How does it get to the waste water treatment facility?

A:  Through the drains.

Q: What’s in the drain?

A: I don’t know

Q: Is it dark in the drain?

A: I’m pretty sure it’s dark there.

Q: What’s in the drain?

A: I just told you.

Q: Is it dark in the drain?

YouTube search: “Where does the poopy go when we flush it?”

Apparently my son isn’t the only one who is curious about this.  The two videos I let him watch had well over 50,000 views each. Now, instead of asking where does the poopy go, Evan asks “can I watch the poopy video?”

I first started using YouTube with him a few years ago to help him prepare for a visit to a drive-through Christmas light festival.  He has a lot of anxiety over going someplace new and not knowing what to expect. We watched a few amateur videos other people took of the light festival so that when it was time for us to go he knew exactly what to expect. The only thing the video didn’t prepare us for was the massive traffic backups. Fortunately we had YouTube access on our phone so we watched the light festival videos a few hundred times on a cell phone until it was our turn to drive through the holiday light display.

—Jen Lovy, Beaumont Parenting Program Volunteer

Editor’s Note:  Search the tag “autism” on our blog for more stories like this. We’d love to hear your story, too. Share it with us in the comments.

4 Responses to “Why YouTube Has Made Me a Better Parent”


  1. 1 Anonymous May 7, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Brilliant idea for those “hard to explain” questions! Thanks for the helping with the day to day challenges of parenting.


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