Tuesday, September 05, 2006
The Art Of A Nosepicking Toddler
I honestly don't know how they do it. How do they figure this ‘finger in the nose in one try’ out? Is it as evolutionary as walking or using the toilet? I'm not sure.
My daughter is developing her motor skills very quickly at her 14 months of life. She can try her best to put a straw in a cup lid, it takes some time with the coordination thing but she eventually figures it out after a few attempts. That’s why this bewilders me.
When it comes to her nose, she can put that finger in there fast. Like a Tiger Woods “hole in one!” She can even stare directly at you and not even look at the finger, and it just goes right in there. It’s disgusting, yet fascinating watching this phenomenon.
Right now I’m just trying to get her to stop doing this. And she knows it too. I can be across the room and she’ll yell “Dadadada!” and then when I look she’ll shove the finger in the nose. I know when it’s about to happen too, (it all happens in slow motion) it’s like she ‘stops’, and then sticks the finger up then all you see is a motion blur. By the time you know what’s going on, she already in Oregon.
I seriously don’t want my daughter to be that “kid” who picks their nose. I remember a few kids in elementary school who had nose fetishes and as adults I can guarantee they’re probably still enjoying a good harvest in the car. I remember never wanting to play with these kids because I would always imagine “crusty’s” dried on their toys. I'm sure others felt the same way too.
I don’t want that. No parent does.