BLEH. We've told her that if you pick your nose, you'll get sick and can't go to school/Disney World/outside. For a few weeks, reminding her that "Princesses don't pick their nose," worked. I even made up a song. Wanna hear it? Ok, to the tune of Laurie Berkner's clean up song:
Pick your nose! No, no, no!
Use a tissue or a wipe,
Keep those boogers out of sight!
Pick your nose! No, no no!
You gotta wipe them away,
wipe them away, wipe those boogers away!
But my future songwriter re-wrote the lyrics to say, "Pick your nose, yummy yummy," so that doesn't work now either.
And because she has a cold, and it's snowy, I know her nose itches, but come on. It's gross. So I did some googling this morning (parenting skills and medical advice, there's no better place to get it!), and found that thumb sucker girls would keep their thumbs out of their mouths if their nails were painted.
Princess costume of the day today is Sleeping Beauty, pink, sparkly and wonderful ("Actually, I'm Snow White. I just LOOK like Sleeping Beauty because I have yellow hair and a pink dress on, but I'm really Snow White"). And the other night, I came across some nail polish that a WONDERFUL friend gave her before we moved.
We applied the special keep-your-finger-out-of-your-nose polish just now, and so far so good. We'll see how long this lasts, but I have a good feeling that I'll soon have a nose picker that likes to eat paint chips.