CHILDREN\'S TV SHOWS

Posted on: Fri, 02/18/2000 - 7:53am
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As I was watching Barney this morning with my 2 year old PA grandson, Barney started singing a song about peanut butter sandwiches.. Barney said it was the best thing in the world and my grandson won't be having any peanut butter sandwiches..ever!
I was wondering if anyone has noticed that several childrens shows do have songs about peanut butter and perhaps, the media should be a bit more sensitive to their "young PA viewers"! Any info on this? I am not ready to boycott the Barney show, but I did find it upsetting watching my grandson clapping his hands to the peanut butter sandwich song.

Posted on: Fri, 02/18/2000 - 9:11am
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Well i think boycotting Barney or other childrens shows because they mention peanut butter (an American staple) would be going overboard on the overly "politically correct" scale. My 4yr old daughter's PA doesnt mean she cant watch, sing etc about peanut butter sandwiches...an everyday reality...talking and singing is of course is quite different than being exposed to the food! Now if they were serving peanut butter sandwiches at a Live Barney concert or something of that nature, then that too would be quite different!

Posted on: Sat, 02/19/2000 - 12:34am
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I agree with you Redtruck. We have to keep in mind that what is upsetting to US is not always to children. Lois' grandson was clapping his hands, after all. Kids are much better at dealing with this, often, than adults...
Nevertheless, it will be a good day when Barney says, after his song, "Peanuts make some children very sick....." How Lois' grandson would clap then!

Posted on: Sat, 02/19/2000 - 11:55am
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I know which episode you are talking about. My 4 yo son just makes up his own lyrics. I heard him singing, "Yucky peanut-butter...poison peanut butter!" and we both just laugh. We have a lot of food allergies so we really need to keep our sense of humor.

Posted on: Sat, 02/19/2000 - 12:01pm
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Thanks Bakermom... I guess a sense of humor is going to get us through this. I think because my grandson is only 2 and doesn't really know anything about PA yet, except that before he eats anything, he knows that we have to read the box to make sure it is safe for him.. That is how we are beginning to teach him about PA. I think I was just feeling angry when I first wrote and needed to vent a bit. Thanks for listening everyone.

Posted on: Sat, 02/19/2000 - 1:00pm
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Lois, I feel the same way. Barney sings about pb&j sandwiches on the show and cassette tapes, Raffi sings about them, Seasme street talks about them as well as Arthur, Little Bear, and others... not to mention the Disney cartoon "PB&J Otter"!
My pa daughter, 5, is surrounded by the American childhood staple. Personnally, it makes me sick! Our Ped. just told me about a commerical she saw where peanut butter is being package and sold like cheese singles!
I used to shield her from the sight or mention. Now I just ignore it but I have to wonder if it bothers her a little. I think letters need to be written to the producers of these shows, educate them and just maybe they could incorporate a little compassion in their shows for our children. We must all work hard by calling and writting to get our message heard to make changes in this world. Thanks for listening!

Posted on: Sat, 02/19/2000 - 1:19pm
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Lois,
This topic has been brought up before under Media, with some suggestions on who to contact to voice complaints. My daughter is almost 5, and it does not phase her anymore, but when she was 3-4 I told her that if Elmo tryed Soy Butter (add your childs favorite) he would think it was even better then PB.
I saw a wonderful "Katie and Orbe" (sp) on Disney where they had a friend over with a milk allergy. It was a wonderful eposode explaining food allergies at a preschool/Kindergarten level. Authur did a wonderful episode on asthma, and I saw a recent Barnie where a child stated that She couldnt have a certain food (milk or eggs) due to food allergy (I wish I could be more specific), but there were plenty of other things she could eat.

Posted on: Sun, 02/20/2000 - 1:22am
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I never realized how often peanut butter is mentioned in children's TV shows until after my son was diagnosed with peanut allergies. But we're not the only ones who are concerned about the eating habits promoted on TV.
Children with diabetes are watching advertisements for candy and cookies which could harm them.
There are other children on special diets due to health conditions for example cystic fibrosis. Doctors recommend a high salt / high fat diet because the disease causes your body to lose salt. The high fat is because the disease causes food absorption problems so this is the way to get enough calories. Vegetables and other high fiber foods (those that are healthy for the rest of us) can cause intestinal blockages. You can imagine a child coming home from school with his food pyramid and telling his mother that "teacher says I shouldn't be eating my special diet".
My son always tells us that Alexander the Elephant and he don't eat peanut butter when we see an add for peanut butter or children are eating it on TV.

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