The Holderness Family

Screen shot from The Holderness Family's YouTube page, featuring a dad with his son and daughter.


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Kristin Smith

YouTube Channel Review

Meet the Holderness family: former sports anchor and dad, Penn; former news anchor and mom, Kim, daughter Lola and son Penn Jr.

A few years back, Penn and Kim Holderness put out a Christmas-style video featuring their entire family on YouTube. And it may have stopped at one video for some, but not this family.

Now, the Holdernessses live in North Carolina and have dedicated their lives, for now, to building their YouTube channel and their company: Holderness Family Productions. They help to launch marketing campaigns and just put out a book on marriage.

But as for their YouTube channel, they concentrate on making funny videos with original music and lyrics that normalize life. You have a crazy family? So do they. Your kids need help with homework? So do theirs. Trying to survive quarantine? You’re not alone.

Positive Content

This channel is full of funny songs and videos that are generally pretty safe for the entire family. There are dad jokes, parodies about ADD and how it can be a superpower, stories about how husbands snore, and tales of kids staging invasions of their parents bed. You’ll also hear songs about chores; quarantine life and how to survive it; homework troubles; and why it’s OK to wear Christmas pajamas all day long.

Content Concerns

The Holderness family makes parodies from a whole bunch of songs, including some pretty graphic ones. We don’t usually hear any negative or graphic lyrics, but if know you know the original tunes, you’ll likely hear the lyrics in your head.

However, there is one video where clips of inappropriate songs are played, though it’s trying to make the positive point that some music is no more inappropriate today than it was 30 years ago.

A few of Kim’s outfits are a bit revealing.

Channel Summary

Most of the videos here are fun and family friendly, as the Holderness family’s goal is to reach people in a similar season with humor. Yes, a few mildly innapropriate songs are used in the making of parodies. Like, say, a different take on “Baby’s Got Back,” for instane.

That said, it’s rare that you’ll actually hear those unfriendly lyrics. Still, if you want to know whether this family is safe for your kids, it’s always best if you, the parent, check them out first.

Kristin Smith

Kristin Smith joined the Plugged In team in 2017. Formerly a Spanish and English teacher, Kristin loves reading literature and eating authentic Mexican tacos. She and her husband, Eddy, love raising their children Judah and Selah. Kristin also has a deep affection for coffee, music, her dog (Cali) and cat (Aslan).

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