Is Darth Vadar the Solution for Kids Screaming?

Mother playfully shouts to her daughter

There’s good news for all you parents of toddlers who are fond of screaming in the backseat: Darth Vadar is the answer to your problem.

I just want to preface this by saying I am not certain of the validity of the study I am about to reference, nor am I 100% confident in the scientific methods used to collect the data. I also want to note that this article was published suspiciously close to April Fool’s Day, so your guess is as good as mine.

That being said, my toddler has a meltdown of epic proportions every time I put her in the car. Considering she is just shy of her 2nd birthday, I thought we’d be over this by now and I’m willing to try pretty much anything to get her to pipe down so I can get back to listening to The Hunger Games Soundtrack.

Don’t judge.

Back to Darth Vadar whispering sweet nothings your screaming bundle of joy….

The “researchers” at TomTom’s Navigation Laboratory (NavLab) have discovered that the solution to babies crying in the backseat lies with Darth Vadar. Their study, dubbed Project GAGA, evaluated a slew of  navigation voices including Homer Simpson, Bugs Bunny and Yoda. But only the voice of Darth Vadar had the power to turn toddler tears into laughter.

Darth Vadar walking down the street and attracted the attention of passers in Rome, Italy
Can Darth Vadar help you control your kids?

Over a 6-month period, more than 300 babies and toddlers participated in Project GAGA, during which researchers discovered that Lord Vadar’s voice increased the children’s happiness by over 68%. Walter Hermsan, Vice President of Product Management, said, “When we found that for 97% of parents, ‘crying and unhappy children’ is the single biggest source of disturbance in the car, we knew we had to find a solution and Project GAGA was born.”

Project GAGA’s tests found that Darth Vadar’s low, breathy voice was the most calming to children aged 6 months to 2 years, while Yoda’s high-pitched tone was the most disturbing, reducing many small children to tears.


If that is indeed true, then I’m not afraid to go over to The Dark Side. Because, in the words of a wise, old Jedi Master, “Precarious endeavor, driving in the car with children is.  Prepare accordingly, you must.  Yes, hmmm.”

What do you think: Could making Darth Vadar your copilot be the solution to your problem? Maybe you could try talking like the Lord Vadar yourself?