The song dealt with divorce, a somewhat taboo subject in the 1960s, and garnered much attention in the media.citation needed It was meant to be sung by the father, however, Cher sang the song as the father. Also, at the end of the song, the wild, fast sounds of a jazz saxophone playing were reminiscent of a Spike Jones recording, suggesting the fussing that the kids would be doing as a result of the separation and the divorce of the couple.
Along with the likes of "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" and "Where Do You Go" this song was one of many solo hits for Cher in the 1960s to be written by Bono and it became Cher's second solo top ten of the decade. Along with the Sonny & Cher hit "The Beat Goes On," this was a temporary comeback to the U.S. top ten for Cher and neither she nor the duo would reach those heights again until 1971.
Singer Roy Drusky brought the song to country music audiences in 1968. His version peaked at #28, spending 10 weeks on the Billboard country chart.
Toward the end of Sonny & Cher touring together, Sonny Bono performed You Better Sit Down Kids live in 1973. A studio version with Sonny on lead vocals is available on "All I Ever Need: The Kapp/MCA Anthology".
Allmusic wrote a favorable review "she keeps the gender in place when doing the answer part, ambiguity à la "You'd Better Sit Down Kids" and called it "tremendous performance."3