My 3, almost 4 year old daughter has started this horrible habit of sucking her snot back up through her nose and into her throat to swallow instead of blowing her nose. When I tell her it is gross and ask her to stop, she just does it more. We have other power struggle issues that I am trying to eliminate through consistant discipline, but she is really a tough case. Anyways this snot sucking thing drives me insane. It really makes me gag. I cannot get her to stop. I told her to go in the bathroom to do it if she insists on it but now when I put her in time out she does it the WHOLE time. Like every 3 seconds, really loudly and I cannot walk away because I have to be out of sight, but within earshot because she will get out of time out and stuff if I am not. There are WAY bigger issues that we are working on, like her purposely hurting her brother, taking food out of the fridge without asking, screaming at me and her dad and hitting us. It is hard. She is currently in the hall outside my room screaming at the top of her freaking lungs, "I AM COLD!" because the snot nasty thing did not work. She wants me to send her to her room so I will not have to hear her, but I am not going to do it because she shoved her baby brother to the ground. I am at a loss. I have told our pediatrician that I think she has ADHD and ODD and that she needs help, but they refuse to do anything until she is 5. I am so bummed she woke up in a bad mood because now both me and her brother will have to deal with her screaming at us, doing gross things, and physically being violent toward us all day.
It kills me... I tried to do everything the "right" way. The way I thought would make my kid turn out calm and happy... not going to say what I thought the "right" way was because I don't want people to think I am judging if they did things differently... what works for your family, you know. I am just so sad.