I worked with this guy one time. Long before we even thought about having children, he volunteered – very much at random, as I remember it – that his children didn’t do gross things. “They don’t pick their noses and eat their boogers. That’s disgusting, and I won’t allow it.”
At the time I thought, “Well, duh…who would allow their children to do gross things???”
And now, I can only rationalize that Michael worked long hours and traveled on top of that…such that he was rarely home to witness any grossness.
In the scheme of the world, I feel like the grossness at our house is relatively nominal…or maybe I was just desensitized long ago by projectile spit-up and diaper blowouts.
Still, I counted it as a small victory that I had not had to deal with any nose- / booger-related issues.
It’s like Baby B has just discovered her nose, and she is so mesmerized by its spelunking opportunities that she can’t keep her fingers out of it.
Fortunately – KNOCK ON WOOD – everybody is healthy at our house, and her digging has been purely recreational…in that I don’t think she’s scored any gold.
But frankly, I’m at a loss.
There was a day or so that I “counted” her each time I saw her fingers in her nose, and she served a couple of time-outs. Alternately, I’ve told her, “Big girls don’t put their fingers in their noses.”
“But I have a boogie!”
“Well come with Mommy into the bathroom and we’ll get a tissue.”
At three years old, I thought we were past the “body exploration” of infanthood.
I’m looking for some advice from you seasoned mamas. Is this a phase that will pass? Should I just ignore it? Should I punish it?
Help, please! I would so like to be able to claim, “My children don’t do gross things!”