00:45 - What is your biggest pet peeve as a parent?
01:09 - I maintain cleanliness at home
01:39 - Make your toddler help you
02:00 - Do you have any suggestions for a nose picker?
02:25 - Dont pay attention to it
02:42 - Divert their attention
03:25 - How to send in your questions
Hi everybody, Harper Jones with Bow-Tiger, and you are watching our ask Harper segment. Now, as you guys may or may not know, we do this segment once per month. I basically take your questions. You can leave them on Facebook, or you can also contact us directly on Bow-Tiger.com, and leave any questions you might have for me, or any comments you want me to read.
We'll have to sort of review them, and see which ones I can read live on our video blog. But I did just want to go through a couple of them. I got a lot of responses this last month in questions, so thank you for all of the emails. I wanted to just answer a couple of the questions that I got. I thought they were kind of funny this month. A few kind of made me laugh, so I thought I'd ask these.
The first one come from Samantha out of Chattanooga, Tennessee, "What is your biggest pet peeve as a parent?" I know that I have some. I know that everybody has some, because as parents of course it kind of tests your stress level, and the confidence level, and how you can manage different tasks, and different things throughout your life, because there's so much more to do once you're a parent.
So what is my biggest pet peeve as a parent? Especially if a toddler, let me see, I'd have to say that my biggest pet peeve is I'm always cleaning. I feel like it's just a never-ending battle. When it was just us and no toddler, it was much easier to kind of clean the room. And it was left clean. It was clean all week. Now you kind of have to get yourself into a daily routine of tidying up, which is totally fine, but I will say that routine is definitely key.
Make sure that you sort of get yourself to sit in your routine of tidying up a room. Having your toddler help you, you guys can sing the cleanup song, different things like that. To kind of get them to help you with the task, and this will definitely ease the frustration of having to clean all of the time, but it's really just something you have to get used to. I'd say that's my biggest pet peeve, all of the extra cleaning.
Now another one came from Christine A. out of St. Pete, Florida. Her question was, "Do you have any suggestions for a nose picker?" Ah, toddlers that pick their nose. Now I have to say, if your toddler only picks their nose, and is not also eating it, or putting it in their mouth, you're already winning, so A+ for you. But nose pickers, really the biggest thing is not to pay a lot of attention to it.
The more attention you pay to these little things that your toddler does, the more apt they're going to be to do them. Whether it's doing sort of a funny blinking, or picking their nose, or just having some sort of almost annoying habit. The more you pay attention, the more it's going to make them do it. So what I would suggest doing is, instead of telling them, "Don't do that," or scolding them for it.
They're not bad for picking their nose. It's just a habit that they've picked up. When you see them doing it, kind of just nonchalantly go over to them while you're still stalking, or chatting about something else, and just sort of remove the hand or the finger from their nose. Don't make a big deal about it, but just keep moving it. Eventually, they'll not think to put their hand up there.
These are all just sort of things that toddlers go through though, so you are going to have a period time where your toddler picks their nose, and you're going to have a period of time where your toddler thinks that they have to blink all of the time. It's just these little funny habits that they pick up. All toddlers go through it, and all toddlers get through it. So those would be my suggestions on the nose picker.
Now, of course guys, if you have any questions for me please feel free to reach out to me. Again, via Facebook, or over at Bow-Tiger.com, and I'll be happy to answer any questions you guys have. And we'll see you next month. Okay, thanks.