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Burps, farts and other (apparently) age appropriate behaviour

Emma: “Mom! I just made a fart”

Jack: “wahahahahahahahaha mom, did you hear Emma made a fart.”

Emma walks up to me and licks me on my face. 

Jack: “Dad, when I was in the car with mom I made a big fart”

Emma and Jack: “buuuuuurrrrrp”

Emma: “Mom smell my underarm hahahahahahahaha” said as she shoves her armpit in my face.”

Anyone else dealing with this rather gross behaviour?Age Appropriate Behaviour | HarassedMom

Emma and Jack are full on gross at the moment! If they aren’t farting, they are burping and if that is not possible they are shoving arm pits in face or licking people. 

The first few times were giggle worthy but now I am worried I am raising cave men. The two of them find it hysterically funny. They can fart 5 times in a row and they will both laugh hysterically each time! This obviously makes them want to do it more. 

It is gross!! 

I posted something about this to my Instastories and one of the moms replied saying it is age appropriate (but still obviously gross). I did try to google this but googling farts and burps isn’t recommended (I am not recommending it, do not do it). If Cameron and Kiara did this I don’t remember but Cameron is so proper I don’t think he has ever said fart, let alone actually farted. 

Are your kids doing this? Did they do it?

More importantly how are you dealing with it?

I get that both of these are often involuntary bodily actions but I think my kids have reached a point where they have found a way to fart and burp on demand.

We do tell them it is not acceptable public behaviour repeatedly but do I start punishing them? I wonder if Father Christmas puts kids on the naughty list for this type of behaviour?

We all tell them it is gross and they mustn’t do it. Their favourite time to do it is when they are sitting on our laps. (Told you it was gross).

What else can we do?

Yeah I know in the greater scheme of parenting issues this isn’t a big deal but it kinda is.



  1. 8 November, 2018 / 1:49 pm

    Haha! I feel secretly relieved that it’s not just us!!
    With my background in behaviors therapy, we looked at what they were getting out of it. Some of the time we used stern voices, other times we had to give him no feedback whatsoever.

    Hope this phase passes soon as well!!

  2. Yvette Hamilton
    8 November, 2018 / 3:08 pm

    I have the same problem with my daughter…..i have gotten to the stage where I just ignore it and it seems to happen a lot less often, my take on it is, they are looking for a reaction and because we either laughed in the beginning (and now it’s not so funny anymore :D) the expect us to laugh all the time….ignoring it should solve the problem….well, i’m hoping it does πŸ˜€

  3. 10 November, 2018 / 12:23 pm

    I can relate so much on this, Laura! πŸ˜‰ Kids can really do things that are gross and they keep doing it. They find it funny when you tell them it’s gross. Oh well, kids!
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  4. 14 November, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    I need some ideas too. My kids are not at the point to fart or burp and announce. But they laugh at any one else farting. It is not acceptable either. I am trying to make them understand that it is not nice way to react.

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