Still, the flu happens. Colds happen. RSV happens, though hopefully not to any preemies belonging to folks reading this. Boogers colonize nostrils and noses begin to run. Then we, as parents, find ourselves on 24-hour snot patrol with Kleenex in hand... or worse, one of those new snot sucker tubes they're selling at Whole Foods. You know, the kind where it's mom or dad's job to do the sucking. Probably mom's job.
On occasion, the common cold has found its way into our otherwise happy home, bringing with it the usual stuffy snoz. See?
Teaching P. to blow said snoz has been an uphill battle. Maybe its been like that at your house, too, and there are unused wadded up tissues everywhere. Maybe your little sounds like a Persian cat on a good day. Could be there are even tears on both sides as you pray for a quick recovery.
Personally, though, I can sympathize with the frustration she feels when we're saying "Blow!" and she's inhaling with all her might. I didn't actually learn to blow my nose properly until I was in college. Oh, I knew how to blow, but I sure didn't do it right. Effectively. I just gave wee toots into tissues and then wiped daintily and tried to breath through my mouth without anyone noticing. Snorting gently.
The mister isn't going to let that sort of thing fly when it comes to our kids. Luckily, it turns out there's a game that is useful in just this situation for teaching a kid the fine art of nose blowin'.
1. Tell your little that you're going to play a game, then have them fetch a cotton ball.That's it! While I can't promise it will guarantee perfect compliance when nose blowing is required, you can at least be sure that your daughter (or son) understands how nose blowing works and can exhale via the nostrils at will when germs sneak into your house and knock you all for a loop!
2. Have them run to find a book, because might as well get some of that energy out with a little jogging.
3. Sit across from each other, holding the book flat between you at nose level. Place the cotton ball close to your kid.
4. Challenge your child to hit you in the face with the cotton ball using only the breath from her nose.
5. If she picks up the general idea quickly, you can even play Nose Blow Hockey, which is a game I just invented.