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This will probably be moved to "television."
I was not paying full attention, but I just heard a commercial on Nick jr. that stated, "Be smart, know your farts and stay healthy." This was during SpongeBob!

I'm no prude, but should they really be saying that during a kids' show? Crazy!!!!!
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I thought it was great! I don't know if you realize this, but a lot of kids have major problems with normal bodily functions. I mean BAD! My older ds quit pooping when he was about 18 mos old. And NO I did not try to potty train him too young. I hadn't even bought a potty yet! (this is the 1st thing I'm usually accused of in case you're wondering why I threw that in there). He finally this year started pooping regularly on his own without us forcing him to sit on the pot every day and bribing him to go if had been more than a few days since he'd last gone. I think people need to get over bodily functions. They're normal and healthy and what's your problem w/ talking about them?
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Carriebeary77 You have the TV off? How do you do that?! :
You're a bigger person than me!
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I thought it was great! I don't know if you realize this, but a lot of kids have major problems with normal bodily functions. I mean BAD! My older ds quit pooping when he was about 18 mos old. And NO I did not try to potty train him too young. I hadn't even bought a potty yet! (this is the 1st thing I'm usually accused of in case you're wondering why I threw that in there). He finally this year started pooping regularly on his own without us forcing him to sit on the pot every day and bribing him to go if had been more than a few days since he'd last gone. I think people need to get over bodily functions. They're normal and healthy and what's your problem w/ talking about them?




It's not bodily funtions that bother me. I'm just taken aback by the word fart being used during kid's show time.
When dd was 2 and 3, she pronounced fart with an almost British accent! Unfortunately, it didn't stay that way...
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OMG, we love this commercial!! It was teaching kids what actually causes flatulence, and in a way that would be funny to them and keep their attention. Everybody farts right? We laugh every single time Lots of people are so uptight and embarrased about natural things, so this commercial is pretty helpful IMO.

I guess I've never considered the word "fart" a bad word for kids to say.

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Said in my best Nathan Lane voice: "Pumbaa, not in front of the children!"

We say fart here all the time. :LOL
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Said in my best Nathan Lane voice: "Pumbaa, not in front of the children!"

We say fart here all the time. :LOL

Well, so do we... but, I'm surprised at it being used on TV.
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I'm not that familiar with Sponge Bob, but I always assumed that it wasn't really for children. It's being marketed to young kids, but I remember when it first came out, the "following" was more made up of high school and college students.

I was also never really raised to think of fart as a bad word. To me it's no more offensive than the word burp, or sneeze. Just another bodily function.
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Well, so do we... but, I'm surprised at it being used on TV.
Dd was watching "Hey Arnold" once and Helga said "Holy crap!" We were a little shocked (but not offended). She said "wow another kid can say crap too mom! They sometimes use language on "Ed, Edd, and Eddy" too. It doesn't bug us, but I know some moms it probably would lol.

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I don't think it was shocking or misplaced - spongebob's target audience is 5-10 years old, though it is rated " y" so suitable for 2-6. I think the comercials are amusing and informative - like the books "The Gas We Pass" and " Everyone Poops" I find many of the food and toy comercials to be much more innapropropriate. Honestly if that is unnacceptable viewing material in a household then the child should not be allowed to watch nickelodean there are much worse things said/ done/ shown on there. * right now on nick there is an ad for GI Joe , while " joe" doesn't fart on people he does kill them, or at least shoot them. - that was followed by the UPick team doing a " you have a booger" skit. This is on as comercials during RugRats.

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I'd rather hear that than to see that damned Axe body spray commercial with the woman's nipples poking out in arousal along with the other woman's blouse coming undone....

Oh yeah, this was during a race on tv... Yanno, something you'd think is family friendly.
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My mom always though the word fart sounded so offensive. My H.S. history teacher told us fart (spelled FARHT I think) was German for Exit, so my mom would say exit instead The commercial does not bother me, I think it's good for kids to know that it is normal and something everyone does.
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True, rather fart than sex.

I see your point, but it wouldn't bother me. My kids think farting (tooting) is a riot. I love that b/c it makes pooping seem so darn normal, or even yet, hilarious. My 18 mo. old started pooping on the toilet because it's fun.

btw:
Ever read Walter the Farting Dog? Toooo danged funny.
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Moving this to Television...
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Abi (3) says "I burped my butt" we thought it was funny and never told her there was another word for it.

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When I was young, fart was a bad word. Not so in dh's household. DH's mom is a nurse. Nothing gets past her. It's all a part of life.
We do say fart in our house, maybe a little more than we should. DD loves to announce, "Excuse me, I farted." and she calls you on it if she smells it and you don't confess, "Ewww, mama/papa, you farted! You're supposed to say excuse me!" She even calls the dog on her farts. SHe learned that from us. Our dog is very flatulent.
I get a little twinge of rebellious joy when dd talks about farts and poops in front of my mom. DD is very comfortable in her body, and comfortable with (if not a little proud of) her bodily functions, noises, and fluids. I was much less so growing up, and I attribute it to secrecy and indirect shame surrounding farts and excrement.
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Dp and I don't say fart anymore--we say rargh. For the life of me I don't remember how we started saying this.

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I thought it was great! I don't know if you realize this, but a lot of kids have major problems with normal bodily functions. I mean BAD! My older ds quit pooping when he was about 18 mos old. And NO I did not try to potty train him too young. I hadn't even bought a potty yet! (this is the 1st thing I'm usually accused of in case you're wondering why I threw that in there). He finally this year started pooping regularly on his own without us forcing him to sit on the pot every day and bribing him to go if had been more than a few days since he'd last gone. I think people need to get over bodily functions. They're normal and healthy and what's your problem w/ talking about them?

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great issue !
how many kids accidentally farted in front of someone & was fun of ??
Heck, "Roseanne" did a whole episode on Becky farting infront of the student council !

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