how do i get my 3 year old to quit picking his nose????HELP


Sarah - posted on 03/19/2009




I have a 3 year old girl that likes to pick her nose too! I tell her to go get a tissue...I figure it's a phase and she'll eventually grow out of it. The funny thing is...she never started this until she went to daycare! Watch out too...there's an occasional eating too!

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Julie - posted on 03/19/2009




just hand him a tissue. he'll eventually get the message that a kleenex and nose go together and he'll start grabbing a tissue everytime he's got a lil gold that needs to be gotten rid of. my son is almost 3 and does the same thing. he grabs lots of kleenex's now since i started doing this. kids just go through different phases, and will eventually grow out of it with a lil push in the right direction.

Kat - posted on 03/19/2009




you don't. kids pick their noses. just try to get him to understand that he should use a tissue or do it in private, then wash his hands.

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Quoting Jessi:

how do i get my 3 year old to quit picking his nose????HELP

Whenever my 3 year old does anything we would like to change...we work with toys.

For instance...when he is caught picking his nose, he immediately has to go and pick out a toy from his room and give it to you. We would put it on top of the refridgerator (in view). We would tell him that when he went (2 hours or a day) without picking his nose, then he could have the toy back.

You may accumulate a lot of toys on top of the refridgerator, so you can return some when other good behaviors are observed.

It works with positive reinforcement, and that seems to really work for us.


Hope it helps.

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