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Help My Kids are Nose Pickers!

I think the reason I have trouble getting my children to eat at meal times is because they are full from picking their noses all day. I am not exaggerating. It seems like every time I glance at my darling little girls, they are engaged in the not-so-darling habit of nose-picking.

Here is another one of those parenting questions. How do I get my kids to stop picking their noses? I can't imagine it is acceptable in Kindergarten. It wasn't 25 years ago, but maybe children are more tolerant now. Not likely. The problem is, it has become a mindless habit for Ellery. Do you want to know when it started? The day we took her nukies to Build-a-Bear and put them into "Headlight" the bear. That night she started picking. I guess it is some sort of comforting replacement for the sucking. I'm sure there is some disturbing psycho-analysis of this.

Callista just picks because Ellery does.

About a year ago we tried flicking her little finger every time she picked. It worked. She stopped for a couple months. And then started again. I've tried handing her a tissue each time I catch her...to no avail.

Any suggestions?

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