What They Don’t Tell You About Parenting: Gas Edition

  1. Nancy Syzdek says:

    At our house we have a euphemism for farting. We call it “honking for clearance.” It’s a safety procedure on construction sites. Before backing up any large vehicle, the driver has to honk and warn everyone. Hence, the very appropriate reference. 

    And it was probably funnier before I overexplained it. 

  2. Katrinahopes says:

    Oh, my goodness! I’m glad my boss isn’t in yet, so I don’t have to try to explain why I’m laughing so hard I got the hiccups.

  3. NancyB says:

    Farts are funny – they always were, they always will be!  You know it was meant to be when you can fart in front of your future husband

    • suburbanturmoil says:

       I still can’t!

      • Amanda says:

        I’m surprised having children didn’t change that for you. My body became totally unpredictable when pregnant and shortly there after. I think I spent the first 6 months of pregnancy blushing around my husband and then I got over it.

  4. marshacwp says:

    Farts are traditional in my family too.  Every year on Father’s Day, my husband receives a card about farts from our two sons.  They comb the racks weeks ahead of time to find just the right card–musical is best!

    • suburbanturmoil says:

       See, I didn’t know there were lots of fart cards to choose from. Until today. THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING.

      • marshacwp says:

         Fart cards are usually not in great supply.  Shop early.  It’s hilarious watching my teenage sons stand in a card shop and seriously discuss the merit of one adolescent male humor card over another.  I should sell tickets.

        In desperation, some years they’ve altered a non-fart card to say just how they feel about their dad.  Brings tears to my eyes (as do the farts).

  5. Melissa says:

    Oh dear lord, fart has been a part of my everyday life…for my entire life! I grew up with three brothers and then married a man who has quite the active digestive system.

    I lost all farting shame in front of my husband on our first official boyfriend/girlfriend date. We were having a nice romantic moment under the stars at a scenic overlook…and I farted. It, like, echoed it was so loud! I was so embarrassed. I didn’t say anything. Then he said “Did you just fart?” and I had to admit “Yeah…” And then he pushed out a fart to make me feel better. 🙂 

  6. Punky’s response (or lack thereof) if my favorite! Go Punky! And go Mom for the distraction!

  7. Megan Flowers says:

    One of the memories from my wedding is my 2 yr old cousin announcing his fart. Now my son who is almost 3 is starting to announce his farts. Its funny the things that no longer embarrass you anymore as a parent.

  8. mickey spencer says:

    My mother will be appalled that I’m admitting this on the internet, but my family views farting as a competitive contact sport. Reunions can be quite entertaining as a result.

  9. Mandalea_ says:

    love this post!!! my 2 year old is usually like bruiser and blames it away, even if that person isn’t around….but sometimes she feels its a good enough fart that she wants credit and she claims it proudly…in fact, she has recently started claiming some farts that are NOT hers! she is very unpredictable when it comes to fart ownership!

  10. Leah says:

    A wise old lady once told me, I’d rather bear the shame than the pain.  Farting is funny (most of the time in our house) and amongst some of my friends.  Yes I am a mom in late 30’s but that is an area I don’t know if I will ever grow up. I can’t especially with how gassy my daughter is. She’s a one man band.

  11. Mary A says:

    My 7 year old says that farts are a sign of joy.  He, his brothers, and his FATHER are the most joyful people I know. 

    I will always rue the day 20+ years ago, when my then-boyfriend-now-husband farted.  I laughed.  Had I appeared shocked, disgusted, or offended, maybe I wouldn’t be deluged with farts for the rest of my LIFE. 

  12. Lisa says:

    Oh this had me laughing so hard!  I can tell in a crowded room whether the fart belongs to my husband or my son.  And they still giggle when they fart – they never grow out of it!

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