Rhett and Link and Other Culturally Significant Parenting Tools

A couple of weeks ago, I linked to a YouTube video by Rhett and Link in a Lost post.  It was the first time I had seen one of their videos, and I meandered over to their site and proceeded to spend about an hour laughing with my older kids.  Now, strangely, no one in our family can say the word "guacamole" without singing this song.  (And you might be surprised.  The subject of guacamole comes up a lot.)  But this one is my very, very favorite:

"The "e" in Flickr was given to me like the key to an Internet city of which I am king."  Don't you want to embroider that on something?  Anyway, check out their site for some good, clean fun.

(By the way, I'm working on a piece for BlogHer about watching YouTube with your kids–specifically finding safe and clean stuff you can enjoy together.  For example, my sons love this one, and this one has painfully embedded itself deep in my brain, threatening to emerge at socially inappropriate times.  If you've ever blogged about the subject of kid-friendly-You-Tubing, I'd love to see the link, or if you have a YouTube suggestion, I'd love that too.  Many thanks!)

45 thoughts on “Rhett and Link and Other Culturally Significant Parenting Tools

  1. Linda Sue says:

    Totall silliness and I’m not sure ,I fear the g-u-a-c-a-m-o-l-e song might be blasphemy – we takes our avocado fixins mighty seriously in Texas! Thanks for starting my Monday with a serious grin (and irritating DH who had to listen to all this while he worked diligently – on spider solitaire!)

  2. JeannieD says:

    My boys (10 & 7) love the movie theme songs by Goldentusk. He sings silly lyrics to the theme songs of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Back to the Future, which happen to be their favorite movies of all time.

  3. Taylor at Household Management 101 says:

    I have no great suggestions for how to watch YouTube videos with your kids, but I sure would like some, so I am looking forward to your post.
    My husband and kids love superheroes, and so he gets on YouTube with them sometimes to show them cartoon clips and things like that. He has generally seen the clips before and chooses certain ones, and ignores their suggestions of others they see that they think look great, but which he hasn’t seen or knows are inappropriate.
    That is not necessarily time efficient though, and I don’t know how long we can do it this way. My oldest is getting computer savvy and wants to get on YouTube by herself, which so far we have forbidden. I think that is for the best, for now.
    We also have the computer in the living room where what she is viewing on the monitor is there for everyone to see and hear, so it helps with her supervision on the computer.

  4. Jeni says:

    I wrote a WFMW post about using YouTube playlists to make a longer kid-friendly show without all the searching. I started it because my 2 year old Girlie LOVES The Wiggles, and we don’t have fancy cable. I found a bunch of clips on YouTube, put them all on a playlist, and now she has about 40 minutes of uninterrupted Wiggles to watch!
    There are also a bunch of classic Looney Tunes on YouTube that we’ve started watching – good stuff!

  5. Courtney says:

    My fam has loved Rhett and Link for years. We live in the same area as them and have friends in common. Have you seen the BBQ song? Or Pimp my Stroller? And the Grammys bit is a must see! πŸ™‚

  6. Daina says:

    You Tube favorites with the nieces and nephews…
    Clips of the They Might Be Giants Podcast for Kids, including this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3Kgj6EiZtw and this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nG1ckY7thw
    And maybe our sense of humor is weird, but we’ve raised them to love the Dead Puppies song… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYm_iBxtbX0
    The kids also have a high tolerance for strange music videos by The Cure, my husband has discovered.

  7. Abby says:

    We love your site! There is a strong emphasis on family with an authentic feeling and that’s the way it should be. What is more important than family? Nothing! We feel the same way and focus primarily on family too, with the added touch of everything being personalized. We are so happy our paths have crossed. Keep up the great work!

  8. Janice says:

    I made a separate blog especially for YouTube videos that I wanted to share with my son. I embedded the videos I wanted him to enjoy and didn’t have to worry about him being on the actual YouTube site. He could share the links (which were the post titles) with friends. I have a personal conviction about not directing young people directly to YouTube since the ads and sidebar videos can be so outrageous and definitely not “G” rated.
    A previous commenter mentioned YouTube playlists and I see that the lists are embeddable as well πŸ™‚

  9. Kim G says:

    I have not blogged about YouTube sites specifically, but about how to prevent the x-rated preview pictures that will pop up no matter how good and virtuous the clip you’re watching is. And it works! I must say that it takes a few seconds–the time it takes for the entire page to download–but it’s better than sitting there watching a video with your sons and seeing pornography in the corner.
    Here’s the link to my blog article: http://4grays.blogspot.com/2009/01/ill-be-honest.html

  10. The Happy Housewife says:

    We found Rhett and Link via Humble Musings a last year. They are quite funny. My kids love the drive thru rap. Have you seen the American Idol theme song, it is quite funny and I don’t even watch American Idol!

  11. Rachel says:

    My husband and I love this video. Some teenage boys did this while their parents were out of town. The planning that went into should have gotten them scholarships to college. It’s good ‘clean’ fun.
    We showed it to my 15 year old nephew and you could just see the wheels turning.

  12. Heather says:

    I read your post a few weeks ago referencing Rhett and Link and proceeded to send an email to Link and tell him about it. I’ve known Rhett and Link since elementary school. We’re all from the same small town in NC.
    I know they’ll be excited to hear that families across America are enjoying their videos.

  13. angela =^) says:

    I blogged a while ago about two videos my kids love. I thought they were ridiculously stupid (they are), but then I watched them (repeatedly) WITH my boys. Turns out you laugh a lot more when quoting silly lines with a 10 and 12 year old.
    “Shun the nonbeliever! Shuuuun. Shuuuuunnnn…nnn.” (I can’t believe I’m succumbing to the tween humor.)

  14. Diana (Ladybug Limited) says:

    Remembered this post this morning when GoodyBlog had up their “YouTube for the Kiddos” post here: http://www.goodyblog.com/playing_house/2009/02/youtube-for-the-kiddos.html
    They link to a site called KideoPlayer, though from the description, it looks like it’s geared for children much younger than yours! My computer is horrible at loading video, so I haven’t checked it out.
    From your post, looks like we’re missing out on quite a lot!

  15. Gego says:

    Rhett means Butler, Gone With the Wind (would have underlined this, Shan, but wasn’t able to do that from here). I didn’t go to the link because I still dream about Clark Gable. Didn’t want to spoil the fantasy. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Gego

  16. Christine T. says:

    I just love Rhett and Link. If you or your kids get sick of the PB & J song, try R & L’s cheese song.
    Thanks for the laugh. πŸ™‚

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