Do you let your child/children watch SPONGEBOB ?

Cassie - posted on 08/14/2011 ( 342 moms have responded )

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My daughter is all about spongebob and i HATE spongebob !! I was in the living room with her the other day watching it and i notice some of the things they say "stupid" "idiot" "moron" and "dumb" when i heard them say that i turned it off. My daughter threw the biggest fit I told her that mommy wasnt gonna let her watch this filth the words that comes out of there mouths are bad!! I dont normally let her watch spongebob because i dont approve of it for her age group. She usually watches mickey mouse club house agent oso imagination movers dora and bob the builder. I just found out that my sister lets my daughter watch spongebob and thats how she became a spongebob freak.. anyways....My daughter has picked up the word Stupid and idiot (my daughter will be 2 on the 30th of this month) I was upset when she called me stupid and told me that i was an idiot. i told her that she cant be saying thos words because its bad ! So i made her stop watching it. come to find out my boyfriend would let her watch it when i wasnt home and when i found out i was upset about it. now my daughter calls people stupid and idiots and she gets in trouble for it. She has learned thos words from the show spongebob. I understand that she will eventually learn thos words when she gets older but at the age of almost 2 she is calling people stupid and idiots ? I know for a fact she didnt learn thos words from me my boyfriend or from my family because we dont use words like that infront of the children. One of my friends told me that i was over reacting and that i should let her watch spongebob i told her NO because i will NOT have my child learing thos nasty words. I dont talk like that in front of her and ill be damned if a cartoon is gonna teach my child how to call someone stupid or an idiot.. Do you let your child/children watch spongebob ? Has your child/children picked up these kind of words from watching this show ?

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Noel Tristan - posted on 03/15/2013

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Hi I am 11 and I have been watching spongebob since I can remember. I personally learned how to tie my shoes, how to be safe during camping, how to take care of my pet, and how to make a simple bowl of cereal from Spongebob. You kinda sound like one of those moms who won't let their kid watch pg-13 movies till their in their teens. Your kid will probably learn these words from her friends pretty soon because normal kids know these words. Maybe instead of taking away Spongebob, you should get up and tell your kid that those words are off limits. Be a parent, but don't try to keep her from the amazing SpongeBob

Katrina - posted on 08/16/2011

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I am sorry that you are going through this, but it will be a battle until she is grown and out on her own. This is my view since we have children from 37 to 2 years old. I have 18, 16, 11, 5 and 2 at home so programming exposure is vast. Here is our rules. We block anything older than TV14. Even with that everyday programs use what I consider "bad" words. As much as I despise Spongebob, I watch/watched every mind numbing episode with my kids and we talk about the "bad" words, what they mean and how they hurt people. I have not had a problem with the use of the "bad" words because we understand them. Also we don't make huge deal out of _______ (fill in the blank). We use it as an opportunity to teach, to ask them questions, to see where they need direction. It is a great feeling when, during Spongebob and you hear a "bad" word from the TV and call from the other room, "Why is that not nice? What was wrong with what they just said/did? What is right about what just happened?" and get an awesome answer. By making Spongebob taboo, it makes it more desirable. Teach, don't punish yourself by fighting with your little one over watching a cartoon. Eventually they move on to another fave and Spongebob will be in their rear view....just be prepared to teach. Hope it helps.

SpongeBob - posted on 06/05/2013

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You're a Nazi. I am Christopher Eric Jones, and you should go drown in gasoline, you bastard. Thank God pricks like you don't run the country. You can go suck my dick as far as I'm concerned. You don't like SpongeBob? Watch dope-ass nick jr. where a stupid girl who doesn't have a fucking GPS waste 22 minutes of our time when I could do something in half that time. I am a diehard SpongeBob fan and what you wrote was EXTREMELY offensive to the SpongeBob community. P.S. you're a whore.

Jane - posted on 08/14/2011

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My son watches SpongeBob, but then he is 16 years old. When my kids were 2, we watched Barney, Sesame Street, Aurora's Castle, Bob the Builder, and Blue's Clues. Otherwise we watched video tapes, including the "There Goes..." series (There Goes a Police Car, There Goes a Helicopter, and so on), Eric Carle's Very Hungry Caterpillar, and the Disney singalong tapes.

I really dislike SpongeBob and so I tend to leave the room when my son watches it, but at 16 he knows better (most of the time) than to call people by those names.

I don't think you are overreacting unless you are screaming at your sister and boyfriend about it. Personally I would simply figure out how to block the show on the TV(s) at your house, and ask anyone who watches your daughter to not let her watch the show because she is getting in trouble for using inappropriate language that she has learned from the show.

My kids picked up words like stupid, idiot and moron from the kids across the street and from public school. For the first few years the kids were in a Montessori school, and those words were never used.

The worst problem I had was the parents of my son's best friend let their son (age 3) watch R-rated scary movies with his big sisters (ages 16 and 18). A few times when my son was over there he was exposed to these movies. I found out because he had a terrible nightmare about a man in a white mask who was poking girls with a stick and making them bleed. I went over and told my neighbor that these movies were causing my son to have nightmares so could she please bring him back home or call me to come get him if they were going to watch anything beyond PG. She thought I was being a bit silly, but she did bring my son back home whenever they wanted to watch Halloween or Friday the 13th.

BTW we didn't say the words were "bad" but that they are mean, so that is why we don't say them.

Alicia - posted on 08/21/2011

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my daughter watches spongebob. not all of them use "bad" words. i have seen upwards of 5 seasons, and know which episodes are better than others. my daughter picked it up before i even seen it, and now loves it so much all i can do is screen them before hand. i think its the colors! its so bright and well contrasted. my daughter has never said anything rude.

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Pinkypinky - posted on 08/04/2014

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i watched spongebob as a child. never repeated those words. they are gotten from school

LillyAnne - posted on 04/17/2014

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I do not let my son who is 5 watch sponge bob. We only watch kids shows on sprout or nick/disney jr. There was a study done stating that not only does sponge bob teach bad manners it also lowers your IQ. That and I can't stand sponge bobs laugh. In my opinion you are making the right choice and she will eventually forget she ever cared for it and will find a new show she enjoys. Best of luck to you!!

Willow - posted on 02/19/2014

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I'm 14 and I babysit. One of the family i babysit for has a 7 year old and a 1 and a half year old. They were allowed to watch Sponge bob until I brought up the fact that they were learning bad manners and mean words. The one and a half year old only knows 7 words of them are stupid and idiot he learned them from the show because his parents don't use them around him and neither do I. Yes I did watch the older episodes when i was younger but they didn't have the mind numming dumbness of the newer episodes. They only alow there kids to watch the old episodes now and the same as me. This is why in glade they are canceling the show.

HB - posted on 12/29/2013

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I'm 13, and I love the show and always have. It helped me in a lot of ways. It improved my vocabulary in a positive way, as I learned words such as porous, nautical and vertebrate/invertebrate. I also learned how to tie my shoes, about close friendship, to actually not use bad language and the show gave me an interest in cooking. Even though the current episodes are mind-numbing drivel that destroyed my childhood, the earlier episodes are cleverly written, intelligent, have a surprising moral to the story and are a class act in how to create a quality children s TV show. And I'm sure that a lot more that is hurtful to your child than the word idiot, and i only realised the use of innuendo very recently. It brushed past me back then. If you really are not allowing it, your child is missing out, and you run the risk of sounding like a fretful mother with too much time on her hands. :)

Kalil - posted on 08/19/2013

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Hey old bitch, shut tha fuck up. Let your kids watch spongebob, it's on nick for a fuckning reason.

Kalil - posted on 08/19/2013

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Fuck you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'll be damned if spongebob shut's down because of you! Shut your motherfuckin mouth

Patti - posted on 06/28/2013

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I'm actually a Grandmother of 3 I refuse to put spongebob on in our home, or make any thing to do with him

Jayden - posted on 05/28/2013

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She will learn those bad words from her friends in a couple of months anyway. Spongebob is fine for kids 6 months and up. Best luck to your child!

Jill - posted on 03/15/2013

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I think I know why you're daughter calls you stupid. Try spelling "those" correctly next time.

Heather - posted on 02/28/2013

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I don't agree with all the things that spongebob cartoons show but they do a few things that kids have learned I've seen that kids have saved another child from drowning they learned on spongebob or someone was choking and they learned the hiemlic from watching spongebob so not all bad things have come from spongebob

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I personally don't like Sponge Bob but have no problems letting my kids watch it (as long as I'm not in the same room ;0) I just think his voice is annoying!
Don't quote me on this, but I actually heard it was created by a dad telling his son stories & values (believe it or not!) during bath time :0)
Sponge Bob was created because he wanted to use action figures to help tell the stories, but all he could find was a sponge....
Kinda neat if you look at it from that perspective!

Laura - posted on 01/15/2013

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i don't let my son watch it, I agree i don't like the bad words, as well as they had a show on about certain cartoons, and sponge bob was one, that is jumpy with scene to scene which they say could make it hard in the future to focus on one thing, because get shorter attention spans on thing and jumps around so much.

Hannah - posted on 01/13/2013

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im only 12 and i've been watching spongebob since i could remember and i can read way above my grade

Katarina - posted on 01/09/2013

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Hi, I'm 13, and i have been watching Spongebob since it came out. I have actually learned a lot from this show. I learned how to tie my shoes, and my vocabulary also grew, in a good way. I learned words such as the words "nautical" and "platitudinous". Spongebob actually taught me not to use bad words, there is even an episode about it. He also taught me to never give up, use imagination, never lie, never steal, and always reach my goals. Yes, some news reporters said that Spongebob effects the brain in a bad way, I did some research about it and learned that every TV show does this, same goes with video games. I've been watching Spongebob for as long as I can remember, and it has not seemed to have any kind of negative effect in my education, I'm in all AP classes, and read four years above my grade level. I've also noticed that among my friends that aren't allowed to watch Spongebob, that they tend to act rashly without thinking about the consequences, some have some pretty serious issues, for example one of my friends believes that she is a witch, and lies to everybody consistently, like saying she has a disease where she has to wear glasses or she'll fain, and then go for a week without wearing her glasses. Or being constantly bullied, by other students, not to their face but behind their back, not because they don't watch spongebob, but because alot of times they can be rude to others, and I've had to stop one of my friends because she was yelling at a 7 year old, about how stupid the show is, and how they shouldn't watch it, it almost made the kid cry! I did not learn the words moron,idiot,ect. from spongebob, I learned them from my older brother and other classmates, and I never said them.But how you choose to let your kids watch is your decision, whether you want to listen to a thirteen year old who watches the show, is entirely up to you.

Tara - posted on 01/07/2013

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I let my 3 yr old watch it. If he picks up something from it we talk about it. No different then picking up words off the adults shows.. or anymore simple commercials. Gotta be an active parent no matter what they watch.

Shae - posted on 01/04/2013

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I have two boys 3 and 5 neither of them are allowed to watch Sponge Bob or any other cartoon that I feel is teaching them the wrong ideas of how to act. We enjoy watching veggie tales, Mike the Knight, word world, dragon tales and other wonderful learning shows. I don't see the point in letting them watch filth and then punishing them for copying it. Yes, my kids have watched Sponge Bob at my sisters house and they would love to watch it but now my family know that I don't allow it. I've heard parents say its not cuss words and its that its a funny show. Every parent is different and we all have to decide what we consider appropriate for our children to watch and what isn't. There are times when we are visiting family or at a doctors office when we've had to turn off the tv bc the only cartoons on were filth and if you ask me thats sad! Make your decisions as a parent not a friend to your kids and stand behind them. Don't question yourself!

Debbie - posted on 10/22/2012

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The rule I used with my own daughter was, if it isn't funny or respectful at 12, 13, or 14, then it isn't aceptable when your a toddler or anytime until you live in your own house.



My friend used to say I was too strict, too afraid of them hurting themselves, etc. But the dare-devil behavior and funny mouthy toddler she raised is now in and out of jail, living in the streets with whoever she wants. We raised our daughter's together, however my daughter is graduating from collage in May on the honor roll from a University that only takes the top 10% of students.



The re is nothing wrong with old fashon values, respect, and being involved in your kids lives.

Brandi - posted on 10/22/2012

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PBS has learning cartoons. Super Why, Sid the science kid and many more my 3 and 2 year old love those. Even my 7 year old still enjoys them and they have learned quite a bit from them

Debbie - posted on 10/22/2012

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Moms, I need your help !!



I recently took in a single Mom and her 3 year-old after Grand-Dad kicked them out of the house to make Mom grow up and be responsible. I agree that Mom needs to get a grip, but she won't find it homeless in the streets. In any case, I was s single Mom myself, only my daughter is 21 and graduating college in May, so I am a little out of touch when it comes to toddlers.



Here is my problem, Mom uses cartoosn and tv as a babysitter. Although I don't agree, I am not the child's mother. As I see it, the cartoons she is allowed to see are geared towards adults, which is not giving her a great example. So to get away from Sponge Bob, Family Guy, Adventure Time and Regular Show, shows her Mom wants to watch, I started letting her watch Care Bears, and the old Disney Movies that I still have from my daughter, but I wasn't expecting a toddler in my home so soon and gave all my educational stuff to friends who needed them. Noe I really need to find her some educational programing that she will want to watch so much that Mom will give in. As i am out of the loop now, what is good on TV for her and will help me get her interested in educational things as she is at three, really behind in my opinion. I am disabled and at home, so I am going to start doing letters and numbers they way I did with my daughter, but when Mom is around it is TV. Please help me by telling me what is still on and what channels/networks they are on so I can find them, introduce her to them, so that she will want to watch so Mom will give in,



Thanks for your help !!

Caa - posted on 09/04/2012

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Well, I have to say, I have a fifteen year old daughter who has been watching "Spongebob" ever since it aired. Of course now she doesn't watch it anymore but it used to be one of her favorite shows back when she was little.

In my opinion it all has to do with the way you educate your child. TV is very important for your child's education, my daughter used to watch shows such as "Out Of The Box", "Bob The Builder", "Dora The Explorer" and so on.

Spongebob is not meant to educate your children but so simply entertaine them.

My husband and I have always taught our kids not to use mean words or "bad words" and we have never used them in front of them.

I do believe you might be overreacting, my daughter has seen practically every Spongebob episode there is and it has not effected her in any way. She is a very smart, mature and well educated girl.

Kara - posted on 07/16/2012

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i just remembered... i saw one episode of sponge bob where they thought the killed the health inspector then spent the whole episode trying to bury him. i mean thats definitely not something i want my 2 and 5 year old to be watching. thats crazy

Amber - posted on 07/15/2012

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My kids have been watching spongebob for years..since they were 2 and 3 and now they are almost 6 and 7...If you dont like it dont let your daughter watch it there are a ton of other cartoons to choose from...disney jr is a great channel for younger kids so is pbs kids... Thats not cool that your boyfriend lets her watch that and gosh knows what else when you are not around...Some of the shows they have out for kids to watch these days are so dumb and teach horrible manners...i have had to cut a few shows out from my kids watchable shows because they were acting like what they watched and saying some not ok things...

Kara - posted on 07/12/2012

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No! i have read articles that link watching too much violent television to ADD and ADHD. also when watching things like this, children have a hard time distinguishing reality from tv. my kids have never liked it, idk why. maybe because i never let them watch it. my son is 5 and he still hates it.

Christina Yvonne - posted on 07/10/2012

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I understand how spongeBob can sometimes be a bit of a negative influence on children. The words dumb, stupid, moron, etc., shouldn't be spoken in front of little children, On the flip side, my kids watch spongeBob all the time and don't repeat the words that I just mentioned. It is a good thing for u to not allow her to watch it upon seeing the negative influence it has on her.

Christina Yvonne - posted on 07/10/2012

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I understand how spongeBob can sometimes be a bit of a negative influence on children. The words dumb, stupid, moron, etc., shouldn't be spoken in front of little children, On the flip side, my kids watch spongeBob all the time and don't repeat the words that I just mentioned. It is a good thing for u to not allow her to watch it upon seeing the negative influence it has on her.

Whitney - posted on 07/09/2012

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NO. I hate that show. It's disgusting. Sadly, my step daughter knows who he is, but she doesn't watch that crap at our house. The only channels I have on for the kids are Nick Jr, Disney Jr, PBS, and Sprout.

Dianna - posted on 07/07/2012

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My children are 8 6 and 2 and I cannot stand that show either... I had watched a couple episodes with my son (my oldest) when he was much younger and came to the conclusion that I hated it. I have gotten some odd looks when I tell others that my children are not allowed to watch this show... I just dont agree with the while mantality of the show, rediculous, the behaviors and language used in the show are something that I would never want my children to grow accustomed to. I just find the fact that something like this is broadcast on tv and geared towards young children irritating.

Chelsea Ann - posted on 07/06/2012

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yupp my downtime all cartoons even dora say that stuff so either go for all cute and cuddly and but it all or watch tv i know its frustrating that song that comes on but omgoodness do i love the quiet time lol

Darlene - posted on 07/05/2012

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Today mothers are WEIRD this show yes it does have fart and burp jokes RARELY but they have to experience it sometime the kids will be heading off to school and kids will do it so it dont matter sponge bob is a great show for kids when my son was younger me and him would watch it 24 7 hes 12 now and we still love it have the whole series on dvd let your kids watch don't be a weird mother

Florence - posted on 07/03/2012

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My son has been watching spongebob since he was a baby and he loves it. He's almost 2 now and he learned so much from him and other cartoons he says crabs, spongebob, meow for gray. I'm not going to stop him from watching something he loves.

Veronica - posted on 06/30/2012

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I would let her watch it, but show her that it's not ok to behave dissrespectful.

Veronica - posted on 06/30/2012

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I would let her watch it, but show her that it's not ok to behave dissrespectful.

Veronica - posted on 06/30/2012

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Really, what your looking at is a dicapline issue. No child should address their mom or dad in a disrespectful way. When my child was young, I let her watch sponge bob and I had the same issue, so I basically just said, hey you cant call any one disrespectful names without punishment.

Halie - posted on 06/30/2012

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I started letting my daugther watch spongebob and hear that if youlet your kid watch that cartoon over and over again there is something in that cartoon that makes a part of the brain be not as good i hear it on a news report. so i don't even put it on anymore she watches other things.

Martha - posted on 06/29/2012

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NOPE! not age appropriate and there seems to be NO learning or educational content in it whatsoever...we like some tv shows that are not SUPER educational but SB just is way to sarcastic/rude ..etc!

Alexis - posted on 06/29/2012

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At home my son has a very limited amount of pre-approved shows he can watch and we limit the amount of time he watches TV. We also don't have cable and only use netflix so its easier to control what he watches at home. However, at grandma's or at other peoples houses he has and does watch other shows to include spongebob. I think its a pointless cartoon and a waste of time as well as lacks anything teachable. The only thing he has picked up from the cartoon is knowing who spongebob is. I agree with you 100%

Olivia - posted on 06/27/2012

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I rarely let my little boy watch TV at all. Mainly because of the crappy shows they have on Kid's TV, including spongebob. It's all a load of rubbish I'd rather my son didn't see.

Judes - posted on 06/27/2012

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i usually let my daughter watch cbeebies... mr tumble,show me show me.. and numbertums..she has learnt a lot!! and before bed in the night garden.. i have no problem with them.. i find other channels are for older children!!

Samantha - posted on 06/25/2012

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Maybe 2 is a little young. I watched Ren and Stimpy as a child, (I still love it!) but I was about 7 then and able to understand the difference between stuff you see on TV and stuff you can do in real life.

Gloria - posted on 06/24/2012

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no, my son is 2 and he knows who sponge bob is but he doesnt watch it,.. (not a cartoon for any age children, doesnt showed them Nothing using stupid and idiot no wasy)

Carolyn - posted on 06/21/2012

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You are entitled to choose what your child watches, nobody should tell you are silly, especially if it might help prevent your daughter from being told off. we do not like sponge bob in our house, mickey mouse, peppa pig, oso... we do let them watch Phineas and ferb, but that's because their 34 year old young dad enjoys it too : )

Kimberly Gillim-Wiggins - posted on 06/21/2012

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It is all about intelligent choices for our children. My Mother was a teacher... as well as my Aunt and Grandmother. What they always said is... "You only have ONE chance to get it as RIGHT."(Raising you Children) Why would you want to throw your influence to the wind? The worst thing you can do is ignore the POSSIBILITY of something not being good for them just because it is not convenient for you. Because once it is done, it is DONE. It is so easy to program children but hard as hell to re-program them. Children LOVE candy, cakes, cookies and Ice Cream, but just because they like it and may not even show signs of illness, doesn't mean it is good for them and they can have it for dinner every night. They need you/ Mom & Dad for that. Like I said in a previous post SPONGEBOB isn't horrible, but for Children under the age of 7 I do Not Recommend it. Fill them with educational programming... it takes the same amount of time and what they learn will be the reinforcement for what they learn in School. Information they can and will actually use. Food for thought!

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