Spongebob....

Holly - posted on 01/05/2013 ( 12 moms have responded )

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What do you mothers (and father's) think about Spongebob?
I personally don't approve of it, due to study's saying that it causes children to become stupid.
My problem is that I am living with my MIL and she lets my 3 year old watch it and I've asked her not to let him and she insists that it's okay.

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Cleaver - posted on 01/07/2013

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@ Mary Corroo they have that 'good noodle' attitude in alot of shows that dont make me feel like im watching something thats killing my brain cells, like thomas the train they all want to be "really useful, reliable and right on time" my little pony teaches how important friends are that 'friendship is magic' and the octonauts teach all about undersea creatures. there really are much better shows then spongebob

Amy - posted on 01/05/2013

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My son used to watch it, now at almost 7 he is no longer interested. I don't think it can cause a child to "become stupid", but I do think television time should be limited, however I'm not that great at putting limits on it because sometimes I need the kids to be occupied while I get stuff done around the house.

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Leanna - posted on 01/20/2013

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Spongebob is targeted at kids 7 years and older. A three year old should be watching Nick Jr because it only has educational shows and is appropriate for that age.

Sophia - posted on 01/19/2013

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I also read the reports on their study... my son love 's spongebob and I work with it. I buy all the spongebobs you can find and we read them ,I have also found math books, and cd's. My son did not start to talk until he was four , now 6 reads well, spell well and great at math.I think its because I will try anything to get him to read, spell or do better in school... and spongebob as been my man.

Alicia - posted on 01/16/2013

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I'm with you on not liking this show, just listen to all the sexual innuendos? How about something educational? Or maybe reading a book instead when this show is on?

Holly - posted on 01/15/2013

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My ds will ask me to change the channel if he doesn't want to watch Spongebob. Doc Mcstuffins and Jake and the Neverland Pirates and my son favorite as well. Also because he knows the opening songs.

Gina - posted on 01/15/2013

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and for the record, my youngest child is 3,and when Spongebob comes on she asks me to change the channel. She would much rather watch things like Doc mcstuffins, and Jake and The Neverrland Pirates-both of which she knows the opening songs to.

Gina - posted on 01/15/2013

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I personaly hate the sponge named bob! I don't think it makes kids "stupid" exactly, but it has shown that younger children who watch have a higher risk of what I call " the brain fry effect" (my words, not any experts').
There have been studies showing that the show just moves too fast for younger children to follow, and after watching, they have a scatter brained kinda attitude. There is a reason that we have soo many different cartoon channels now-a-days,because not everything is age and developmentaly appropriate.

Living with you mom in law can be a struggle at times , I know, mine lives with my hubs and me. But there are some things that we as the MOM just have to put our foot down about and any respectful grandparent would follow. I don't think it should matter whos house it is, the fact that you don't want your child to watch it should be good enough for her.

Holly - posted on 01/07/2013

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Yes I agree to that. Luckily my DS 99% of the time would rather watch shows like, Mickey Mouse Club House, Doc Mcstuffins, Dora etc. Show's that he can learn and interact with. He's even at that age where he sings the opening credits to the shows.

Cleaver - posted on 01/07/2013

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i dont let my 2yo watch sponge bob i think its stupid and the shows that he does like are alot more educational (octonauts, little einstein, thomas the train, my little pony... yes my son loves my little pony) shows that i cant stand to sit and watch i dont put on for him sponge bob, dora, diego...

Clyde - posted on 01/06/2013

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I'm with you on not liking it, but I'm disgusted that the notion a TV show is to be blamed for a lack of overall education. I would let my kid watch it, but not everyday. It might be best to invest in bubble guppies or team umizoomi shows to play. They are entertaining and can teach some things along the way. Other than that, I would just let them have thier fun time, and balance it out with reading a book or making cookies later. I have my toddler tell me what to add to a cakes by looking at the pictures. It can be hard or impossible to make that one on one time, but nothing replaces that. Even 10 minutesbefore work can plant seeds of growth

Mary - posted on 01/05/2013

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I like Spongebob. First and foremost, it's funny for the whole family. Also, Spongbob has a sort of childlike quality that is endearing and sets a good example for kids. Spongebob wants to be a "good noodle". That's a huge part of the character's personality. Sometimes things go wrong in a funny way. He often gets into trouble trying to help people. He wants to be the best fry cook, the best student, and the most helpful neighbor. He has a heart of gold. I think it's, overall, an intelligent, funny and well written family show. There is a little "off color" or "in poor taste" humor. Nothing nearly as bad as say the Simpsons. Just the usual kiddie gross thing. That's not for everyone. The show has, on a couple of occasions, made fun of homophobia (one way to look at it) or machismo (another way to look at it). It's very subtle but some people don't like that. Sometimes the show is just a tad redundant and boring.

I know someone that won't let their kid watch it but can't really tell you why. That seems to be the "popular" attitude about Spongebob in their suburban neighborhood. That's ok. Haters will be haters lol. I can't speak to any studies because I don't know how the study was conducted. I don't think tv truly can make a child "stupid". What children watch on tv is important, but not nearly as important as one on one time with an adult, being read to, having their feelings considered and responded to with dignity, having fair and consistently enforced boundaries.

But if you don't like it and your mother in law still plays it, do something else with the child. Play with cars or coloring books. I say save conflict for big battles. It's hard for folks living together to get along. I personally wouldn't make waves over something like Spongebob. But follow your heart and good luck! :)

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