Boogers

The wall next to Crappy Boy’s bed is covered with boogers.

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It is gross.

It is also super hard to clean. You have to rehydrate them with hot water otherwise the paint peels off. No good.

So I try to teach him not to do it.

That we don’t wipe our boogers on the wall.

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I tell him that I’m going to leave a box of tissues next to his bed. He can use those. Simple. Problem solved.

Only two weeks later there are even more boogers on his wall.

And the box of tissues is untouched.

So I get desperate. And offer another solution:

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This way, at least I can wash them easily.

It isn’t that gross. We all do stuff like this on occasion. I mean, just look underneath the driver’s seat of my car. Actually, don’t.

I also reiterate the point I’m trying to make:

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Time goes by. I continue with my anti-wall booger campaign.

We’re all in the family room.

Crappy Baby is digging in his nose:

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Before I get up to grab a tissue…

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He pops it into his mouth. He eats it. My own flesh and blood. A booger eater.

This will not stand.

In shock, I say:

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Then Crappy Boy chimes in with:

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And well, sometimes you have to pick the lesser of two evils:

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I actually remember wiping my boogers on the wall as a child. My grandpa used to laugh about it. So I think they’ll grow out of it. And if they don’t, well, eventually they’ll move out and will have to clean their own damn walls.  

 

 

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284 Responses to Boogers

  1. Caz says:

    Ohhhhhhhh I’m so glad it ain’t just me who gets this! Yack!

  2. Shannon says:

    My oldest used to wipe his boogers on the wall.. now he smears them through his hair. I hope both are things he grows out of!

  3. NinaN says:

    Booger wall!!! There may have been one or two of those in my house when I was a child too….

    What is it about wiping boogers on the wall that is just so darn appealing???

  4. Natilie says:

    I confess, my sister and I had a booger door frame mural in the bathroom next to the toilet when we were little. My mom just painted over them when we moved! Haha!

  5. rebecca says:

    Oh now I have to get out of my chair and check my son’s wall……….

  6. Erin says:

    All of my boys eat theirs. I actually got talked to by a teacher for it the other day. I don’t know what to say. Booger disposal is a serious issue. Or a not so serious, but nagging issue. Something… It’s an issue.

    • rachel says:

      “booger disposal is a serious issue.” hahahah! that will stick with me all day.

    • Adria says:

      An issue that needs a tissue!

    • Angie says:

      I hate it that my kids also consume their boogers but I just tell myself that it is an immunity builder. Just think of all the germs that are being caught in there to be kept out of their systems and they find a way around the filter. Boo!

    • Elisabeth says:

      I’d love to know what the teacher proposed *YOU* might do about it that they could not accomplish at school. I mean really, short of duct taping my kids hands to his legs, I don’t think I can stop the booger buffet. I have begged, pleaded, nearly puked at the sight of it … trust me, if I could stop him from doing it, I would. Did the school assume otherwise?? hahaha

      • Miss MIssa says:

        As a preschool teacher, I require any kid I spot with a finger in a nostril or a mouth to immediately wash his or her hands. With soap. Under supervision, if necessary. Eventually most of them get tired of all the handwashing, and start at least trying to develop some self-control!

        • jennie says:

          THAT is great! Pretty much what we did with our daughter. I also understand the need for small children to pick since blowing can be difficult to master. For this reason I gave my daughter permission to go to the restroom in private, pick as much as she needs to, put it in toilet paper, flush it and wash her hands with soap well. It has worked well for us. But then again Daddy is a huge germaphobe and has her wash her hands quite often.

  7. Patricia Begley says:

    Love it! Reminds me of my grandson who doesn’t wipe on walls, but eats (or used to). Confession: I used to wipe mine under my desk at school, and thought booger eaters were gross people. I suppose, looking back, I was kinda gross, too. Still am LOL

  8. yugen says:

    So funny! My 8 year old still has the booger wall thing going on so I moved his bed and put a giant headboard on it, now they are collecting on the headboard!

    • Kim says:

      That’s an excellent idea. A truly intentional booga mural that you can hang in the lounge room for guests to see when it’s “all done” ;)

      • Jen H says:

        Hey, there’s a thought! Hang a huge sheet of butcher paper on the wall and let them make their booger mural on that…

    • Jen says:

      Lol I use to put mine on the back of my headboard too, guess I wasn’t alone!

      • Beverley M says:

        Me too, lol. Then when I grew up and moved out and took that bed with me, the only way it worked in the room was actually with the headboard away from a wall, towards the door. Yuck…. it got a good scraping!

  9. Ariana says:

    Not gonna lie, you don’t want to look under the seat in my car either!

    My husband told me when he was younger he had a futon he played his video games on. When they moved and lifted up the cushion of the futon the bottom was covered in dried boogers.

    • Jessica says:

      Yep dont look under my car seat either! I always pick and drive. I cant stop! I know. I’ve tried. I just make sure when i vacuum the car out i vacuum that area of the seat! Also dont look under the computer desk. I also pick and surf! Sigh. Its a wonder my 18month old doesnt pick yet…….

    • Laura says:

      Oh god I’m not the only one!

    • Dan says:

      And here I thought only my wife (and I) did this.

    • AnonMom says:

      Confession: I do it too.

    • Trina says:

      That under the seat in the car part made me laugh out loud because I literally thought I was the only one who ever did this. I never remember to put tissue in the car!

      • Cassi says:

        Or you remember–but then you can’t reach it while you’re driving. I thought I was the only one too!

        • Karie says:

          Oh geez me too! The seat of the car… I don’t know what it is about the car, it brings out the picking.
          *should be ashamed, but really don’t care*

    • Breanne says:

      A credit card works WONDERS for getting those under-the-seat boogers off car upholstery.

  10. alison says:

    Aren’t those boys? Perhaps you mean their wives will clean their walls… (more likely than that they will clean the walls.)

  11. Anya says:

    The thing about wiping them on the wall is that it looks like a collection. “Oh, this one was particularly hard to get out. And this one was really huge when it came out…” etc.
    My son eats his. It’s genetic :(

    • Fran says:

      Same with my younger daughter. I don’t know what to do about it. It’s not like anything anyone said to me ever stopped me. (Although I won’t do it where you can see me…)

  12. sam says:

    Oh geez – just slap a frame around it and call it art!

  13. Kiinu says:

    Mine wipes them on the wall, and I haven’t been able to get him to stop. I asked my husband to try to get him to stop. what does he say? “Dude! not on the wall, mom hates cleaning that! If you’re not going to use a tissue just eat them!” Gross… When asked why he would tell the little one to do that I got “What? It’s like recycling! Oh relax, he’s a boy… he’ll survive”

    ugh.

    • Nickol says:

      Of all of the posts on here, your husbands instruction made me whoop out loud! (man logic is so simple. nasty but simple.)

  14. M.J. says:

    Oh no! LOL I did it once and grossed myself out :-p.

  15. Heidi says:

    Um. Totally just discovered that my kids have been doing this for….who knows how long. I made them clean it off themselves. Nasty.

    • Claire H says:

      I’d be the same – no way am I cleaning someone else’s snot – they can do it themselves, or at least help if they’re only little. How are they going to learn not to do it if they don’t have to clean it up? My kids have never thought of doing this (that I know of!), but my youngest likes to leave poo fingerprints on the bathroom wall sometimes…I think I’d prefer boogers! She gets a very firm telling off and has to clean it herself which she hates – this is the point of course, that she has a consequence, and we do make sure we give the wall a proper clean when she’s finished ‘cleaning’ .

  16. Marilyn says:

    I get so grossed out by dried booger removal, that I pretend I don’t see it when my kids eat them. I know they’re doing it when I’m not around, and even if I DO get onto them about it. LOL

  17. Alison says:

    Know what’s worse than booger wall? Boogers randomly all over the place. On my pillow, on the table, on the couch, on the TV. Wherever my 3yo picks his nose and needs to get rid of the evidence fast. I’ve caught my 6yo eating hers and despite my pleas, she is not convinced that it’s gross. So I don’t know what’s worse, the jury is out.

  18. Susan says:

    Mine have been known to wipe boogers on our cat and on one memorable occasion, my bath towl while I was taking a shower. Good thing my husband caught my booger hair before we left for the Christmas party at his boss’ house!

  19. Oh, my word, I haven’t stopped wheeze-laughing since I started reading this post, but I don’t dare tell my almost-five-year-old daughter why! It is so, so gross…and we’ve (mostly) all done it! Somehow, we’ve all survived childhood, too!

  20. Christine says:

    My son wipes them on his clothes. Easy to wash, yes. Still, gross. Especially since I’m sure he does it at school, too. Imma slap my sister-in-law for teaching him that… ;)

  21. Melly says:

    Do you think having him pick a poster out at Target or something and taping that over the area he uses as his booger canvas would be a deterrent?

    At the very least you could just replace the booger painted poster instead of having to get the boogers off the wall?

  22. Jill says:

    Yes, booger eaters are the worst! I’d take cleaning the blankets.

  23. Marisa says:

    my little guy is also a booger eater!! I told him his nose is dirty and he replied “no Mommy it’s clean NOW!” LOL

  24. Jess says:

    I have this “friend” who wipes her boogers on the heavy duty rubber mat on the floor of her car. Easy to clean, pull it out and spray it with a hose. One time, her dad was cleaning her car for her and said, “looks like you stepped in a big wad of gum and got it all over your floor mat. Don’t worry, I got it off for you.” … To which I replied, “thanks for cleaning my booger stash, Dad.”

  25. Sarah says:

    Ok I just looked next to my son’s bed after reading and sure enough he is harboring a huge secret collection. Ick! How did I not notice this until now! Lol

  26. Jenele says:

    I was so proud of my 3 year old for usually not picking boogers and going to get a tissue before attacking or bringing me a tissue to ask for help. Then I discovered he was putting the tissue back in the box. No scrubbing involved, but not really much better…

  27. rachel says:

    mine are eaters… even the 7 year old. and when i tell her not to do it, that it’s gross, she gets all haughty and says, “but boogers are goooooooooooood.” because she knows it’ll make me mad.

  28. Judi says:

    Too funny! My boy used to wipe them underneath the toilet seat. As if the toilet itself weren’t gross enough to clean.

  29. Christina says:

    I let my oldest (4 yr old boy) sleep in my bed one morning while I quickly showered. After I’m done, I get him up and we go get ready for school. That night I see a big, gross booger on my pillow! I knew the culprit. Now I ask him to sleep on daddy’s side every time he gets in our bed.

  30. Isadora says:

    My 3y old kid had a tantrum this morning because, when I went to take her out of her car seat while dropping her at child care, I saw she had a huge booger in her fingers and was about to eat it. I had no tissues or anything so I just took it off her finger and let it fell on the car floor. She started crying, saying ‘I was gonna ask you to put some ketchup on it so I could eat it!’. Bummer! Then I’ve remembered that, when I catch her chewing on something she shouldn’t chew on (like her hair), I make a joke-offer: “Would you like me to cut it off, put some ketchup on it and serve it to you for dinner tonight?”. Arght.

  31. Heidi F says:

    At least they are in one location. My daughter wipes hers all over the house! Drives me batty and I even let her pick out her own special box of Hello Kitty tissues at the store. She has never used them after that first day.

  32. Denise says:

    My son will wipe his nose directly onto the roll of toilet paper and leave it there. My daughter used to dig the wax out of her ears and wipe that on the walls (she has always been extra waxy). Disgusting. I am pretty sure I didn’t not handle it with the patience and grace you did.

    • Me says:

      I used to wipe on the side of the counter next to the toilet. My mother never said a word. I think she thought it was my brother, bwahaha. My daughter has started wiping her ear wax on the wall next to her bed as well. I thought it was boogers and when I told her we don’t do that (anymore ;) she said it was from her ears, not her boogers… :P

  33. Dave says:

    I was a wiper. My daughter appears to be an eater. Logic and genetics indicate that she must get that trait from her mother.

  34. Jessica says:

    I used to wipe them on the carpet next to my bed. Nothing my Mom could do would get me to stop… but oh man, when I was a nanny, and I saw a kid EAT a booger? I nearly puked. And I have an IRON stomach. That grossness shall not stand, man.

  35. Jenn says:

    Isn’t the answer clear? Put up butcher paper where the booger grafitti is. Removeable booger mural, plus it has a certain “ew gross” factor that they’ll find irresistable for optimal mucous placement.

    My 14-month-old constantly has his finger up his nose. He reminds me of those gorilla dolls whose fingers fit perfectly into the various facial orifices.

  36. Emma g says:

    Boogers are my worst nightmare… For some reason I can deal with poop & puke, but the boogers reeeaaallly turn my stomach. A kiddo with a bad cold is my idea of a nightmare, and how those lovely nursery teachers can work in a room full of booger-nosed toddlers, who aren’t even related to them, is a complete mystery!

  37. Onyxcougar says:

    Mine’s 20, and still wipes boogers on the wall.
    I don’t go in his room any more.

  38. Lana says:

    I don’t know Amber, how about “Don’t wipe your damn boogers on a wall, it’s not OK?!!” type of a parenting? I know, I sound like “on of those” do-everything-right parents but honestly, dear, this is disgusting! Funny yet disgusting. I still love you and your booger-freakish crappy family!
    XoXo

    • Karen K says:

      That method didn’t work for me and neither did threatening to take away his play garage. I think they divot when they are half asleep and don’t even realize it.

    • kim says:

      If your kids change behavior that easily well, hats off to you. Even if I tell them STOP DOING THAT GOD DAMMIT! it doesn’t do squat.

  39. Dara says:

    Laughing so hard I’m crying! So relieved we aren’t the only booger wall owners!

  40. Sara says:

    I thought I was the only one that did this as a kid. I feel so much better now.

  41. Mandy says:

    How about the side of my boys’ toilet? That seems to be the perfect place for booger wiping.

  42. Kim says:

    Hysterical, and so, SO very relatable!!! Have you tried using a Magic Eraser on the wall? Just a thought…

  43. warmfuzzyfeeling says:

    Hey bogeys (yep I’m from the UK) are good for you!
    Honestly I’m not making it up! (There’s even a book about it, look it up!)

    I thought you were going to tell Crappy Boy to eat his instead of wiping them, not the other way round. I guess the world will always be divided into those who eat and those who wipe. And both groups will find the other unspeakably disgusting :)

    • Jackie says:

      I’ve heard the whole boogers are good for you line of crazy but come on, we all remember the Booger Eating kids in school. Similar to the Glue Eaters and not to be associated with! Lol, I’ll suffer with you and the wall of shame.

  44. Danielle says:

    I’d be thrilled if they kept to a consistent Booger Spot or even if they ate them. My kids wipe boogers everywhere! Wall, sofa cushions, kitchen table & chairs, their clothes… and lots of places I don’t know about I’m sure.

  45. Carrie R says:

    Last year my daughter had the problem with eating the boogers. We were freaking out about it because she was just about to start Kindergarten, and I had nightmares that she would go to school and do it and forever be known as the girl who ate her boogers in Kindergarten…thankfully she quit before school started! *sigh*

  46. Emily says:

    Gag, gag, gag!!!!!

  47. Abby says:

    My two year old eschews tissues and walls. Just the other evening she blew her nose on my bare arm. Then she announced to her father, who was sitting beside us: “Mama nasty!” Am now.:-p

  48. Liz says:

    So glad it isn’t just our daughter that does this!!

  49. Sherry May says:

    After 4 kids, I’m just going to default to what my pediatrician told me: let them eat ‘em; it builds their immunity so they’re sick less. Sounds reasonable to me!

  50. Sam says:

    Totally appropriate post for this week. My 1yo has had a cold all week, and instead of sticking his boogers to the wall (which he has not yet discovered), he hands them to me! No warning, no tissue. Just standing in the middle of Target, holding his booger. Gross!!

  51. Taryn says:

    I really hope my little guy does not grow up to be a booger eater. Barf.

  52. Lera says:

    Hahaha, my sister used to stick them behind the heater that was fixed to the wall next to her bed when we were kids. Wonder where she puts them now…..

  53. Heather S says:

    OH MY gosh!!! I thought I was the only one!!! When we discovered our daughter’s little booger wall, we were stunned!! I didn’t know kids did this!! And yes, it was hell trying to clean then up!!!

  54. Melissa says:

    My sophomore year in college I remember going into our bathroom and finding signs all over the place that read:

    PLEASE DO NOT FLICK OR WIPE YOUR BOOGERS ON THE BATHROOM STALL DOORS. THERE ARE ROLLS OF TOILET PAPER RIGHT NEXT TO YOU…PLEASE USE THEM. NO ONE WANTS TO SEE YOUR NASTY BOOGERS ON THE WALL.

    So, some people don’t grow out of it. I couldn’t even figure out what those flecks on the stalls were. I thought the paint was peeling…in a weird color.

  55. Danielle says:

    My 4 year old wipes them on his neck and when we asked him why he said, ‘Boogers are gross! I don’t want them on my hands!’ Uh yeeeees….much better.

  56. leslie says:

    Ummm…I am SO sad to say that I have a booger eater too. It totally grosses me out and my little creep of a daughter just thinks that is a riot. I had thought we had worked this all out when she was 2. I told her boogers were dirt and germs and not good for our body. She was totally convinced and it stopped. Now 2 years later it has returned! Now she could care less that they are dirty and gross and I think she actually likes the boogers-DOUBLE YUCK!
    But the funny thing is that lately she has taken to doing this new thing and I can’t decide if it is better or worse.
    Because it annoys her that I pester her about eating them she now picks them out and then “puts them back ” (her own words for this process). It is truly disturbing to me-but also funny since it is such a weird thing to do. “Why not just leave them there in the first place?” I can’t help but ask EVERY time. She just smiles, that’s my girl!

  57. Emily S. says:

    I’m gonna hurl. I hate boogers. I almost threw up while volunteering in my kid’s class one morning because a little boy had a visible booger on his tongue. Uggggh, I can’t even TYPE about it! My sister’s daughter used to booger wall (see how I made that a verb?), and I thought it was disgusting. Then I had my own kids, and realized, yup, still disgusting, but not abnormal! Ewwww.
    And I keep a box of tissues next to my car seat. That’s gross, y’all. :)

    • Elisabeth says:

      I’m with you … except I just wait to blow my nose until I’m out of the car. I am not ashamed to say that my son’s pick and eat habit repulses me to no end. Booger eating is gross, and only excusable if you are too young to understand that it is gross (which varies on the child I suppose – mine is 5 and still doesn’t quite get it, but I’m sure kindergarten will change that)

  58. Tami Malloy says:

    I have serious booger issues….hate boogers on anything besides tissue….especially am grossed out by eating them. When my daughter was 5, I tried everything to get her to stop eating them. Finally I told her that since she loved them so much, they must be a treat. And since treats aren’t healthy if you eat too much, I’d have to hold off on giving her other treats. She could eat as many boogers as she wanted…I would take care of the M&Ms :)

    • J. Haven says:

      That’s fantastic, I’m going to try to get my grandchildrens’ parents to all go with this so I can too! Thanks so much!

  59. Leah says:

    Ohmygosh. I remember my little brother doing this and not only was the wall next to his bed covered but the wall beside the toilet would also be graced with them. GLEEECHH!

  60. My son is a teen.
    How I wish those were boogers
    on the bedroom wall.

    • amber says:

      LOL, I love it when you chime in with these!!!

    • Darbi says:

      Augh! That’s what I have to look forward to. I can’t imagine what the sheets will be like. *sigh*

      • Mel says:

        Don’t touch any towels or washcloths found near the bed. Get them washing and folding their own laundry as soon as possible. These things are inevitable, but teach them to handle their own. Teaching boys to wash laundry, cook, clean, anything domestic, is a service to them leaving home and increases the chances they will find a mate and not live with you forever. ;-)

    • Bahahaha…just spat my drink at my phone reading that

  61. Jeanette says:

    When my brother was little he would hide behind the heavy curtain over the sliding glass door and wipe them on the glass. Our mother was thoroughly grossed out the day she pulled back the curtain to reveal his handiwork. He eventually grew out of it :D .

  62. Kristin says:

    Ewww Ewww Eww…. but I must confess, I think I’d rather they ate them. Actually I’m pretty sure my two do, (and so does their daddy!) But I’d rather they ate them than smeared them on the walls and furniture!

    Interestingly enough, the really bad part about picking your nose is the germs OFF YOUR FINGERS getting into your nose! NOT the other way around! So I figure it’s no worse than chewing your fingernails or sucking your thumb.

    I totally encourage tissue use, or washing them down the sink, but I’m totally not going to encourage wiping them on the walls! shirt maybe, but not walls!

  63. Kristin says:

    I recently read this article that said eating boogers is like taking mini vaccines and helps your immune system!

    http://justparentingadvice.com/eating-boogers-may-be-good-for-your-kids-immune-systems/

    :)

    • amber says:

      I know. But I still can’t get behind it.

    • Angela says:

      I really want to be okay with booger eating but it is just so nasty! It makes me ill.

      Maybe booger eaters don’t get sick as often because other kids won’t play with them. Hehe

    • jen says:

      I don’t care if science backs it up. Still ew.

    • kella says:

      What! well my kid is always sick so i don’t think i’ll believe that bit of science and might i just add i am not a squeamish person but reading that article had me retching!!!

    • kate says:

      My 25 year old husband has been eating his boogers his whole life. When he was about 18 months he had Terrible allergies and his mom’s allergist told her to teach him to eat his boogers *GaG* to increase his immunity and get his body used to the allergens. As a grown up, he has such bad allergies that he spends 10 months of the year with a stuffed nose, and he Always gets hit worst when cold season rolls around. Maybe it works for some people, but it has Not worked for him, and it toally grosses me out to see a grown man putting boogers from his nose into the very mouth I kiss! *shudder*
      Okay, rant over;P

  64. Jlynn says:

    What is with eating buggers? It is like some developmental milestone(One I wish they would skip) It is gross and well gross!

  65. Chloe says:

    Ooooh! yes – us too. A 2 year campaign of ‘don’t eat them you’ll make yourself ill” has failed too. Our 5 yr old daughter loves eating them – she said “Mmmm nice’n'salty”. Although today she said she nearly puked when she pinched the nose of my 2 yr old and ended up with a ‘slimy green caterpiller’ between her fingers! Yuck. “These ones aren’t at all salty” she explained later…

  66. Darcy says:

    I’m not so sure it’s something they’ll grow out of… My brother did it up until he was 15. He would get on the computer and wipe his boogers on the wall next to him. We had to make fun of him to get him to stop. Even now I wonder if he has a booger wall at his own house.. Ew.

  67. Lily says:

    I am in the midst of a “we don’t eat our boogers (or our snot)” campaign myself. My daughter seriously likes to eat them. “They taste good!” she says. So, so gross. Also, her toenails. Yuck! Unfortunately, many of her friends enjoy the taste of their own boogers as well. I am one of those hippie moms who has been cool with a lot of things (eating dirt, fine) and who has tried not to use shame as a parenting technique. However, in this case, I’m all for the shame. That’s gross, I say. It’s disgusting. Etc. Nothing works. Sigh.

  68. Andrea says:

    You are still better mother than I am, because if I were to choose between cleaning the buggers of the wall or having my son eat them, I would just say “go ahead, my dear, pop them in.” Also – I recommend putting this one rule in effect – if it’s gross, then it’s the husband who deals with it. Poopy pants, vomit, buggers, peed on sheets, smelly forgotten food in the fridge, leaking trash…you get the idea. It’s a man’s job. We are too delicate.

  69. Angela says:

    My son picks his nose absentmindedly and then wipes them on the nearest surface. Even if the tissue box is RIGHT fricken next to him!

  70. Chanda says:

    My 3 yr old son picked his nose in the car once. I couldn’t get a tissue for him right then because I was driving so when I parked the car I handed him a tissue only to find out he didn’t need it because he put it back in his nose!!! Gotta love that he didnt want to make a mess for mommy.

  71. Samantha says:

    Yes, just a huge yes. You nailed it. Booger wall here too.

  72. jen says:

    I have four kids and four booger murals I have two words for you – Magic Eraser. Get one, you’ll thank me later.

  73. sprinke says:

    I used to wipe mine in whatever book I happened to be reading. They would dry out and later when I re-read the book, I would pick them off and pop them onto the floor.

    My son is a booger-eater.

  74. DB says:

    The thing that drives me nuts about my son eating his boogers is that he’ll then have the nerve to refuse to try new, healthy foods because they look “yucky.” It’s all I can do not to scream, “WTF, kid – I’ve seen you EAT YOUR BOOGERS!!!”

  75. kella says:

    Well I am getting hopeful cause I think my daughter is out growing eating hers, blech! I haven’t seen her do it in a while, so fingers crossed this phase is passing. When I have begged her in the past not to eat them and to wipe them in a tissue, she said “but mum they taste nice and salty” – gag gag gag!!!!! I know what you mean in that you can’t believe that your own flesh and blood is a booger eater but i suppose there’s worst things :/

  76. Jennifer G says:

    Oh No! Boogers are something I cannot handle. I would move his bed to the middle of the room so he is forced to wipe it somewhere else!! And now I am on my knees praying that my 4 year old never picks up this wall wiping habit. Thank you for making me realize that my son having one hand in his pants all day long isn’t that bad after all. :)

  77. Bethany says:

    My toddler has been picking her nose a lot lately. Earlier today I said “Don’t pick your nose, Mommy doesn’t pick…” I was going to finish with “her nose” but I couldn’t. I knew it was a lie and I’m sue she’s seen me. Do what I say not what I do. Right? Like that ever works…

  78. Holly says:

    Amber, maybe you need to put an empty picture frame on the wall where he wipes and just call it art until he grows out of it. The plexi in the frame might be easier to clean, LOL!

  79. Ginny B says:

    Ha! They don’t outgrow it either! My 15 year old son’s wall is “decorated” and I just caught my 13 year old daughter wiping them on her sheets! Gross!

  80. Jess says:

    Bahaha. My son wipes his boogers on the window next to his car seat in the car. As a mom I have gotten used to poop, slobber, puke, etc, but boogers still get me, especially when they are slimy and (like you said) I have to rehydrate them to get them off the window or sit there and scrape them. SICK!

  81. carrie says:

    I suddenly don’t feel so bad anymore. Hey, anyone remember Stimpy’s magic nose goblin collection he kept under the table
    from the Ren and Stimpy Show? Exactly what I thought of.

  82. Sara says:

    I used to wipe my boogers on the wall, too, and I know it drove my Mom crazy. It must be genetic, because my oldest daughter has started doing it! Fortunately she is 7 years old, so I made her wipe them off the wall herself. Vinegar in a spray bottle + a microfibre cloth + some serious scrubbing = a clean wall! Yay!

    And I also told her I’d rather she wipe them on her sheets if there are no Kleenex handy. =P

  83. EchelonGirl7 says:

    My 9 year son actually refuses to blow his nose. Like literally wont even try to blow it. He also has a boogie wall next to his bed and his are like the size of corn kernals. So gross! So I feel yeah :)

  84. Mercedes Downie says:

    Just 2 days ago I had to dig the steam cleaner out of the garage to blast the boogers of MY WALL!!! One of my sons would pick his nose whilst lying in my bed and wipe them on my wall. I had a new bed delivered and was afraid the delivery men would see and think I did it!

  85. Monica says:

    i read this and almost went to my boys’ room…nope they have a bunkbed i’m not bothering. Plus i know my 5yr old is an eater and does it right in front of me… he’ll sit there and wait and as soon as i look at him he eats it *gag* my 8yr old is slowly getting out of it…thank goodness! it’s just one of those things it’s gross but you’re just as guilty LOL but there’s just something about your kid doing it.

  86. Lynn says:

    I suddenly feel very lucky our wall art is in pencil…. but it’s because we have booger eaters. It turns my stomach. Also if I give them tissues they make arts and crafts instead of blowing their noses. (Small favors, at least they don’t blow first and then get artsy). But… and I will NEVER admit it to them… halfway through telling them for the 50th time “Boogers are dirty, we don’t eat them!” it occurred to me that it’s much pretty much just a voluntary and embarrassingly public form of post nasal drip. Embarrassing for me that is. They are unperturbed and so far unrepentant.

  87. Wifey says:

    Omg! Gavin did that! Is it a boy thing because the girls didn’t.

  88. lauren says:

    what if you hang a paper towel roll on the wall right where it is? then he has to use it!

  89. mistie says:

    I haven’t read all the other comments, so maybe someone already said it, but maybe put up a large sheet of paper (like the paper on rolls used to make school wall boards) right there where his mural is and let him put it on the paper and you can change it out when you want. No more boogers on the wall, & he gets to still be gross, and creative. :o )

  90. Dani says:

    I did that as a kid too. But I’m proud to say I’ve never eaten a booger…so gross, lol!
    What about putting toilet paper/paper towels/tissue on the wall where he wipes them? Or hang a bulletin board frame there with those things pinned to it?

  91. I used to eat my boogers when I was a kid. I can’t believe I did, but I remember because my mom and Grandma used to yell at me and I remember hiding from them so that I could eat them without them knowing. So gross! I hate thinking about it now. But, my point is that they will grow out of it, both the eating and the booger wall.

  92. Tara says:

    My younger brother used to wipe his boogers on the side of the LazyBoy recliner and it used to piss me off so much! It was so disgusting and my mom never did anything about it. I think she thought it was funny. Now my own husband has a booger collection going on his nightstand and I discover it every time I dust the bedroom. It makes me so mad – I have a box of kleenex RIGHT THERE! Now my two year old boy will crawl around on the floor wiping his face on the carpeting as he goes. With a husband and three sons, I will never live in a booger free home. :(

    • Tara says:

      Oh and the ONLY booger that I have ever had in my mouth is one that my brother picked, rolled up in a ball and flicked at me. As I opened my mouth to yell at him it landed smack in the middle of my tongue. It WAS salty. Disgusting.

  93. Kim says:

    Reading all of these comments makes me feel quite queasy. I think my breakfast is about to make a reappearance.

  94. teagansmomma says:

    OMG…I’ve got the WORST case of spitty mouth reading all these…but I have to confess, my daughter’s got her finger in her nose in a near constant manner. If you tell her “No”, then she laughs and goes deeper, then she pulls out whatever gold she’s found and is 50/50 on eating them or handing them to me. Blech! :-/

  95. trish says:

    yup. My 5 year old girl has a booger wall. And now that you have brought it to my attention, I have to admit, my EX husband (not the father of my daughter) had this when I was dating him: a booger wall next to the bed. Why I married him after that is beyond ridiculous.

  96. Diane says:

    My son who is now grown, presented a booger to his Dad on his extended finger when he was 3. His Dad said, boy get rid of that.
    A little later Dad asked what did you do with that booger, he said I put it back. We still laugh about that one.

  97. Misty Pratt says:

    When we moved into our new house, I discovered that the previous boy had left his “booger wall” for me to clean. I literally gagged the entire time I was scrubbing. I made my husband re-do that room first with fresh paint and baseboards. I still get grossed out when I think about it….now my 3.5 yr old wipes her boogers on her headboard. Lovely. :)

  98. Don’t look under the seat of my car, either…

  99. kidsncats says:

    Haha! Gross! I’m wondering if Booger Boy had to clean his own boogery wall, he’d learn to use those tissues! :)

    • Kiinu says:

      No… that doesn’t work either… I make my 3.5y.o clean his booger wall once a month. So far we’re on month 4. Hasn’t stopped.

  100. Holly says:

    When I was a kid(early 90s) I was mad & told my dad to stop telling me not to eat my boogers cause they are MY boogers & I’ll do what I want with them. He made me a bargain. It was if I could come up with “one good reason” why I should be able to eat my boogers, then I’ll forever be allowed to eat my boogers in peace. I retaliated by figuring out what boogers actually are & how they are made, and writing an argument for why I thought booger eating is good for you. For the first time in my life I shocked my parents speechless, and I PROUDLY ate my boogers from then on. ( well until I became a teen, then I mostly ate in secret lol.)

  101. Shanna says:

    My sister used to wipe hers on the wall next to her bed until my mom made her start cleaning them off. Pretty sure she stopped after that.

  102. I totally did the boogers on the wall thing. Now I keep BIG boxes of tissues everywhere in my house that I frequently sit: bedside, bathroom, desk, kitchen table, kitchen counter, both ends of the couch, the kids’ rooms. It drives me nuts when I go to other people’s homes and can’t find a damn tissue.

  103. Mommy says:

    My dad? Genius. He wipes them off on his socks. Much better than eating or booger-painting!

  104. Amy C says:

    I’m a crafty-type person, and as I realized the problem here, I immediately saw a solution. You need to hang a cork board over the booger mural and secure a hankerchief to it in each of the four corners. When it gets full o’ boogers, just change out the hankerchief for a good wash. Use patterned ones so the boogers aren’t immediately noticeable. A booger board…yes, that’s what you should do. Who knows? Maybe crappy baby will think it’s cool, and ask for a booger board of his own.

    (I predict you will try this.)

  105. Angie says:

    If it is not too inconvenient (like if I am sitting in the car) I will wipe mine off on the inside of my pant leg. Any accumilation is washed in the laundry and it is not visible to the world around me.

  106. Heather says:

    My little man is not necessarily a picker, he’s more the ‘smear your face against the couch’ kind of guy. (Beds, pillows, or Mommy’s leg or shoulder works just as well for him too.) I don’t mind as much the things that I can toss in the washer, but the couch ticks me off a bit.

  107. Natalie B says:

    Boogers are like trophies. You pick a big one, and you think, wow.. I made this! And you smear it on the wall so you can look at it in all it’s glory. Hahaha.. I used to do that when I was little :)

  108. Kelly says:

    So I’m not the only one with these EXACT problems. My oldest is 7 an she does the booger on the wall mural as well. I’ve been working on her for years about it. The most progress I’ve made is that she’ll wipe them in other places as well. Bur nope, the tissues residing in her bed next to the stuffed animal menagerie is untouched as well.
    I’m even more grossed out by my youngest, who is, too, a booger-eater.
    And nothing works on him. When I tell him to stop, he says “but I LOVE them, when I’m pretending to be angry bird, they’re my CORN!”

    How do I argue with this kind of logic.

  109. sarah freeman says:

    didnt read all, but this obviously poked a nerve!! anyway, eating boogers is a hygenic sort of inbuilt reaction. Our stomach acid is so strong it gets rid of a lot of the germs. Its a good system, not straight down to the lungs b of our clever nose, instead off to the hideous acidic stomach.
    I KNOW its gross :-) but its still a good idea, well in evolutionary terms…maybe not now in the day of washing, soap, tissues etc
    I have another grosser similar example…a mummy dog licking up the wee her little pup did. Clever cleaning technique masquerading as completely gross. Not something I would recommend as a parent tho :-)

  110. “I mean, just look underneath the driver’s seat of my car.” You are impeccably honest. I like that about you.

  111. Kristin says:

    I was giving my three year old princess a lecture on how she shouldn’t eat boogers because “they are gross. And you know, when you go to school if other kids see you eating boogers they will make fun of you for it.” She tilts her head to one side and in the most prim and proper little voice says “Darling. You should never judge anyone for their eating boogies.” Heaven help me when she hits puberty.

  112. stasi says:

    My husband does this in OUR room (and on the sheets and in the car etc etc). I prefer my daughter the booger-eater.

  113. Erica says:

    Boogers gross me out to no end. My daughter totally eats hers. Although, personally, I’d rather pretend that didn’t happen than see them on the wall. Could you hang up a piece of paper by the bed so he can “admire” his handiwork? That way you could at least take the paper down occasionally and then he could start a new masterpiece… :)

  114. Liz says:

    So I did that as a kid. And it wasn’t found out until I was a teen. Which is proof that people don’t actually die of embarrassment.

    While I like the paper idea, how about an AWESOME poster and tissues on the bed side table? If laziness in one direction = poster is ruined maybe he’ll roll the other way when he needs to deal with a booger?

  115. Andrea says:

    I think I just threw up a little…

  116. Rebecca Rushbrook says:

    Just be thankful they don’t wipe it on you – that’s what my middle child does. It’s kind of resigned me to her older sister eating them, although yes! I never thought my flesh and blood would be a booger eater! As for the car seat thing – eww! why don’t you guys just flick them out the window?

  117. Andrea says:

    …And, I’m starting to think *I’m* a little weird for actually using tissue.

  118. Blue Fairy says:

    Boogers are one of the things I can not deal with.

    I, too, have my home littered with boxes of tissues, and I carry them with me where ever I go. I make sure my kids all have tissues in their bedrooms, in their school bags, coat pockets, etc. No excuse for not using a tissue.

    I also *really* can not stand when people claim it is good for you. wtf?! This is what I told my kids when I caught one of them eating: Boogers are what happens when you get a sinus infection, right? They’re like the pus from the weeping sore that is your sinus. Would you eat pus from a weeping sore elsewhere in your body? No, because it is only going to spread the infection.

    Just thinking about it makes me gag. But, you know what’s worse than seeing your kid with boogers on their face or fingers?
    It’s when you’re helping someone *else’s* kid to blow their nose, and you get *their* snot on *your* fingers. That will make me literally puke, every time.

    Somehow, my kids’ snot is not so gross as other kids’ snot.

    Unless they eat it. :D

  119. Cait says:

    We have a boogie wall too! Yet another job for the blessed Magic Eraser!!

  120. Emily says:

    We actually don’t have a booger wall. My 3yr old is obsessed with kleenex. I find mostly untarnished kleenex under his bed & all over the place in his room. We try to get him to actually use the whole kleenex before he tosses it but he’ll just stick 1 booger in it & throw it. There is actually a snot/booger painting on the back passenger window in the car though. He did some snot finger painting a while back & even though I cleaned it once he did it again so now I just don’t bother lol

  121. Julie says:

    LOL – I kinda think eating them is less gross. I mean, if you have post-nasal drip you’re swallowing it anyway, right?

  122. Ginger says:

    omg so gross, my sister lived with me for about 10 months, it wasn’t until recently (she has since moved out, and she is 17) and we discovered a big booger mural by her bed! ugh, we are moving out and now WE have to deal with the damn booger wall!

  123. april says:

    LOL!!! When my husband and I bought and moved into his childhood home and began a LOOONG cleaning sweep (the bonus of NOT buying a house “on the market”), we encountered some rather daunting tasks… steel wool scrubbing for 45 min (I am NOT lying) on the kitchen faucet handle, years-old Dr. Pepper spills from behind bed-side tables (again- NOT lying!), etc. we eventually came across some very hard to scrub spots on his sisters CEILING around her ceiling fan, right above the head of her bed. Yep. BOOGERS!!!!! Now, THAT is what you call SKILL!

  124. Heather says:

    I still remember the 70′s wall paper at my childhood bedside, perfect for boogers– yellow daisies with green stems. I thought that I was the only one who did this, or maybe one of very few. So nice to be in good company.

  125. Layla says:

    I’d never heard of such a thing… until a couple months after my husband moved in. His chosen spot was the wall next to the toilet… just below the freakin’ roll. After I figured out what was happening, I read him the riot act. Now, he either eats them or, hopefully, uses the tissue paper a few mere inches away. Both my boys are tissue users like mama, although we went through a short eating phase with my older (I explained that boogers were “nose poop” and he stopped pretty quick) and I have been handed a couple when a tissue wasn’t convenient.

  126. leslie says:

    They don’t grow out of it for a while. My younger brother, at about 13 or 14 had a large piece of cardboard beside his bed titled in colored letters “Wipe-a-snot”! He also wrote a wacky short story called “the Mad Snot Flicker” which became a family classic.

  127. Elizabeth says:

    I love you. Thank you for talking about the on-the-ground parenting. I’m dealing with my absolutely lovely little booger-eater right now and glad of some commiseration.

  128. Jo says:

    A rectangle of vinyl paint?

    Apparently booger eaters have healthier immune systems because of all the killed bacteria they ingest… food for thought :)

  129. Dina says:

    I am fortunate enough not to have booger art. But, when my daughter was a toddler she had exczema. So I had a pump bottle of Eucerin right next to her bed. So, on the wall next to her bed, where I spent hours hand painting a flower mural, is her own addition to the project. A mural of greasy handprints. Seems while I thought my little darling was napping, she was lathering up her hands and “painting”. Now that – is hard to clean.

    • Elisabeth says:

      bahahaha … since we’re on the subject of eating gross stuff and lotions … my son had eczema too … he used to lick the lotion off his arms … not as gross as the boogers, but still pretty odd.

  130. Michelle says:

    When one of my girls was 3 I saw her thumping a booger behind my sofa. I asked her what she was doing. She replied that she picked a booger, rolled it in a ball and thumped it behind the sofa. When I asked her who taught her that she told me my husband did. He swears to this day, 10 years later, he did not teach her that but he can’t say it with a straight face! So busted. His oldest picked her nose so much she caused serious nose bleeds. She would swear she wasn’t picking but she had bloody evidence on her finger everytime.

  131. Adriene says:

    Mine isn’t a boogie-wall kid, and I think I’m breaking him of the picking-and-eating habit… He does it as he’s falling asleep, and when he starts, I just tell him I’m getting him a tissue.. He’ll usually take it and use it, then he tosses it across the room.

    I talked to the pediatric sleep specialist about this one time – he suggested that it might be because his nose is dry. We have a moisturizing spray that seems to help some!

    I’m surprised by how many adults eat them?! I have a really strong stomach and this thought nauseates me just a little.. Pick them out, fine, but put them in a tissue! Icky..

  132. nurse mommy says:

    So I always thought it was the kids that wiped their boogers on the underside of restaurant tables. Now I know better! It’s you mom-car-driving-booger-picking-and-hiding-under-the seaters!! Ah-HA! If I can’t find a tissue, I think flicking it out the window is a more sanitary choice! ;)

  133. Rachel says:

    The comment about the boogers under the seat of your car cracked me up! I so do that and when I openly admitted it to my husband ready for his disdain he admitted he did it too.

  134. Robynne says:

    My brother always wiped his boogers on the wall next to his bed. We shared a room, and occasionally switched levels on our bunk beds, so I’d inevitably wind up picking his boogers off the wall. There were lots of spots of missing paint on that wall. It was disgusting.

  135. Mel says:

    For the parents of booger eating children. Give it up. Just spend all your time and effort stressing how important it is NOT TO GET CAUGHT! Things done in private and all that.

  136. Jamie says:

    I didn’t read all the comments so this may have been covered already, but I have to have my say on the issue.. I was/am all over the anti-wall campaign myself.. Then one day I went to a play and left my kids at a sitters house. I came back after the play to find she allowed them to wipe their boogers on her carpet… AN ADULT! allowed them to wipe them somewhere other than a tissue!! She said, “yeah, they dry. Then those suckers are easy to vacuum up!” Guess that is how she got through 5 kids worth of boogers.

  137. Jenny d says:

    I just read an article how people who eat their boogers have better immune systems. So let them eat boogers! It’s for the good of the children….

  138. Mita says:

    Not only does my 7-year-old eat his dried boogers, he now eats the runny snot that comes out of his nose after he sneezes! Oh barf!

  139. Impetua says:

    We have a friend who calls booger-eating “picky-licky.” As in, spying a kid eating their boogers and singing out, “Nooooo picky-licky!” My own kid turned out to be a booger-eater. Imagine my horror — I was a wall-wiper. She must have gotten this from her other mom. Yeah, that’s it.

  140. Vanessa says:

    when my little girl was 2 I caught her eating her boogers… I told her too stop but my husband told her don’t worry about it… It’s protein 4 years later she still eats them & when I tell her how broad it is she says “what, why… But momma it’s protein”… Ewww

  141. Erika K says:

    I come from a family of 6 kids, and I was the only booger wiper! They all went in a corner in the bathroom; when that was full, I wiped them on the doorframe. As often happened, once my “collection” was discovered, my siblings decided to have a big meeting to find the culprit. This was followed by my two older sisters interviewing each of us privately… Of course they convinced me to confess! I also remember being quite upset that they wrote down my quote, “I used to pick my nose but I don’t anymore.”

  142. Jennifer says:

    When I was a child, my friend’s older sister wiped her boogers on the wall next to her bed. My friend made me promise to never tell anyone…oops

    And I must have read the same article as Jenny d re: booger eaters having a stronger immune system. EAT, DON’T WIPE! :p

    One last comment: once, a co worker used her fingers to “wipe” her child’s very runny nose. She then proceeded to wipe the snot on her jeans. She looked at me and said “Aren’t jeans grand?”

  143. Candi says:

    Oh man, bad flashback. I was sneaky… I wiped them on the wall behind a poster. This went unnoticed until we moved. By that time, I was 10 and had forgotten about the secret booger stash. I’m still mortified just thinking about the expression on my mom’s face.

  144. Jenn says:

    My 2 1/2 year old has called for me a few times and said “here mom!” (Only to realize he’s handing me his booger. Such a lovely gift to receive – a booger present!) On a side note I actually have no idea what our daughter does with them. Eek. I’m afraid to find out!

  145. Carry says:

    Tac up a poster board. My brother used to make booger art. At least you can remove it easy and if he’s still doing it when he’s old enough to care what others think they sure will ask about it when they go in his room.

  146. K says:

    Oh. My. God.

  147. JGo555 says:

    I tell my kids not to eat them… in front of mom & dad. If I don’t see you do it, it doesn’t happen.

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  149. Beth says:

    When our youngest son was toddler age we gave him a cotton cloth to use to wipe his nose and called it his “snot rag”, I know, kinda gross but it was washable and there were no boogers on the walls or furniture. His grandfather got the biggest kick out of asking him what the rag was called because he would say it was his “knock rag”.

  150. Jennie says:

    My husband used to tell one of the girls at church she should wipe her boogers on the window. Apparently she took him at face value cause later her mother said she spent quite some time with a razor blade getting boogers off the window in the car next to her car seat!

  151. Stacey says:

    When my daughter was younger (like 4), she used to wipe her boogers on the arm rest of her car seat. Upon discovering it, I was super horrified, since, as you mentioned, it is really difficult to get dried boogers off a surface. Fortunately, since she’s a girl, she quickly transitioned to kleenexes without a fight.

  152. Melissa says:

    I, too, was a wall-wiper. When my daughter first discovered her nose I was very adamant about NOT wiping them on the wall. So now she hands them to me to take care of.

    Sigh.

  153. Kari says:

    I wish I was dealing with booger wiping. My son is on the autism spectrum and has always struggled with hygiene (especially wiping after pooping). So on the wall next to HIS bed (and on the sode of the matress) is a collection of poopy fingerprints.

  154. LeahM says:

    I remember reading somewhere that if you stick Vaseline up your kid’s nose, it makes the boogers melt and then it’s very unsatisfying to pick. Of course, that’s one more thing to remember to do each day, in addition to the brushing and flossing of teeth. Booger melting.

    • Candi says:

      You should never use Vaseline inside the nostrils. It’s damaging to the mucous membranes and can actually drain into the lungs, causing a condition known as lipoid pneumonia.

  155. LeahM says:

    Oh, and as for the wall… Mr. Clean’s Magic Eraser takes off all kinds of stuff, including those so-called washable markers that aren’t really washable off walls.

  156. Ally says:

    So, i’m totally in rookie territory here but i’m just wondering if it works to do something like put up a poster (that can be replaced) or something that is easy to clean, in the same spot where he stocks the boogers. mostly i’m brainstorming for idea about what I can do I’d my son does this.lol

  157. Sarah O says:

    I used to wipe them on the legs of the desk next to mine in Kindergarten. Apparently, this was so gross for the girl who sat there – she REMEMBERED it when we were in a class in High School together.

  158. Chrissy says:

    I can do vomit, I can do poop, I do NOT DO BOOGERS. I can’t stand the eating of them, or the wiping of them on walls. No, no, that just can’t be tolerated. I had a conversation with my ds that went like this once, “we don’t pick our noses, and for the love of God if you do, we certainly don’t eat the boogers!” I have told my boys that eating boogers gives you a stomachache. Because children randomly get stomaches, I am hoping the eating of a booger will coincide with a stomachache and therefore the connection between the two will be made (it worked with me as a kid!) and the wiping on the walls, my little men haven’t done that yet, but if they did, I’d make them clean it off EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. that’s how I got them to stop pooping in their underpants. :)

  159. Doula says:

    Booger eating is something really icky but I still find it funny sometime when somebody mentions about it.

  160. Ali says:

    Oh my gosh! My son did this, too! SO disgusting! I thought we were the only ones. “Booger Mural”! I love it! I can’t wait to tell his older sisters about this new terminology. Thank you for your awesome sense of humor!

  161. Gracie says:

    i nearly vomited at this post…! i hate boogers on the wall and nose picking. my husband works with dirt and often i will turn to see him digging for gold up his nose. its gross. if you’re going to pick your nose… at least wash your hands yeah..!??! except he picks so much he gets a blood nose and then i accuse him of it & he flat out DENIES it!!! like my eyes don’t work..! anyway… that’s another story. my kids didn’t used to pick their noses until they started hanging out with their lesser disciplined niece… she lives with fingers up there because she is ‘exploring…’ according to her mother. *sigh* i just hope they grow out of it… unlike my husband…!

  162. Janna says:

    Eh, better to eat them than wipe them on the wall where I have to clean them up. I read somewhere that eating them is an immune booster, sounds good to me!

  163. Andrea says:

    Boogers make me gag. Boogers on the wall would make me crazy. My son used to roll them into balls and sleep with them under his pillow. When I changed the sheets on his bed they would roll off onto the floor, and then I would vomit.

  164. Tash says:

    I used to do that too when I was a kid. Yuck :P

    I haven’t had that problem with my kids so far (knock on wood!).

  165. Andie's Mommy says:

    My nephew used to wipe his on the wall, too. So my sister and her husband made up a song that they would sing to him. “Boogies on the wall, boogies on the wall. You just can’t keep from putting boogies on the wall!” He thought it was so funny at first, until they kept singing it to him and in front of other people. He doesn’t put his boogies on the wall anymore and he’s only 7. I shudder to think of where he puts them now. My daughter is only 22 months old, so we haven’t got to that stage yet. I’m really hoping to avoid it!

  166. Tiffany says:

    OMG! LOLOLOL!!! My kids used to put boogers in the cup holders and/or door handles in the car. So. Gross.
    They totally learned it from my husband. We once had a company car and then had to return it when he switched jobs and I had to spend HOURS cleaning his booger collection off the front of the driver’s seat. I was ticked!!!
    I think he doesn’t do it anymore but I am too scared to look at the seat in the car he drives now. *shutter*

  167. Family S says:

    If they are only doing it in ONE wall of the house and especially in ONE of the four walls of THEIR room, why not giving them some credit for that!

  168. LindaR says:

    Yeah, I vote for a piece of construction paper and a fancy frame… to be saved for a much later – like when they tell you they are marrying the girl you don’t like. Just show her that.

  169. tara says:

    Ahhhhh so gross!! I totally remember doing that when I was younger.

    Why is it that kids always try to eat their boogers?! *Shudder*

  170. I shared this with my husband, he found it hilarious, but still defended his decision to encourage his son (now grown) to eat his boogers when there was no tissue to be found.

  171. Matt says:

    VINDICATION! I had a booger wall project when I was little. It has been a major source of family jokes my entire life. Now, I finally learn that I’m in the majority. Maybe. At least I’m not alone.

  172. Cassandra says:

    I am SO GLAD You posted this! My son is doing this now. UGH! WHY??? He has always had tissue. WHY my WALL???

  173. Melanie says:

    My kids are 8 and 9, a girl and a boy, and both do this still. We are moving in 5 months, so my plan is that they will be the ones scraping the booger-covered paint off the wall and repainting their particular spots.

  174. Amanda says:

    Eww! Totally love this! We don’t currently have a booger wall, but we did have a booger eater. He’s 5 and just to prove it was gross I googled “germ” or something and pulled up some pictures and just basically told him that’s what was in his boogers. I did pick the most repulsive looking germ I saw, and I’m not sure what it was, but he was convinced and we have no more booger eater! Now, when the 18 month old hits that stage, we’ll just have to figure out what to do that will work with him, too. :)

  175. Jessica says:

    Sigh, we have a few booger museums in our house. So gross.

  176. Tiffany says:

    My son eats his so no mess for us. Trying to stop I’m didn’t work so to heck with it. His logic is that they are his so his body/his choice.

  177. Danielle says:

    I’m so glad I have two girls. They both freak out and run to me for a tissue when they have runny/ boogie filled noses. :D

  178. Valerie says:

    At first I read this and though we NEVER did this. We did! When I was a kid the five of us, my parents, me, and my two brothers shared one bathroom. There were always boogers smeared on the shower wall. It wasn’t me or my mom for sure, it could have been either of my brothers and i wouldnt have put it past my dad either. Sorry dad. Then my oldest brother went to Australia for a year and by process of elimination I ruled out my oldest brother. The boogers continued. Mystery boogers.
    It wasn’t until a few years later when we moved to a new house with more bathrooms that I could rule out my dad. Little brother busted! All he did was laugh and say the shower was the best place for cleaning your nose. No more boogers after that though. I have two sons though and now I’m looking forward to booger stained walls.

  179. Stephanie says:

    We have a chant at our house…’We eat BURGERS, not yucky BOOGERS!’ It distracts the kids from eating them, plus they get a huge kick out of saying that. Good luck!

  180. Jessica says:

    My boyfriend does this. He’s 21.

  181. Theo macConnell Jr. says:

    Booger art! Funny but not impossible. Mapplethorpe did more with less.

  182. Emily says:

    Well… first, eating boogers is actually healthy, look it up. Gross, but healthy by some doctor’s standards.

    Second, I’d try a saline spray or saline boogie wipe, boogers rehydrate a lot faster (remember when they were babies and you were squirting saline in their nose to rehydrate boogers to suck them out?)

    Third, I’d put a poster of something he loves on the wall. He puts boogers on that, and it gets thrown away. Or even just a blank piece of poster board and put it there for him to draw on, or even make his own booger mural, then switch it out once a week. Maybe you could sell them again…

    I’m not willing to buy a booger mural…

  183. Theo macConnell Jr. says:

    Why don’t you try offering one of YOUR boogers to your child? If this is gross to them, tell them you plant your boogers in their nose while they sleep. My mom always wanted me to keep a hanky in my pocket for when my nose whistled-you have had whistling boogers, haven’t you? What a fascinating topic for discussion.

  184. SleepyMom says:

    I am so glad we’re not the only ones. My 8yr old is still wiping her boogers on the wall despite the kleenex box beside her bed and they are surprisingly hard to clean off! Anything, I repeat anything is better than eating them though. I’m so with you on this post.

  185. Janet Kinard says:

    Oh my God! My daughter used to wipe hers on the back of her headboard. We didn’t find them until we moved her bed recently. Years worth of crusted over boogers. So gross!!

  186. dreamyowl says:

    I too, had the wall, so I’m sure that my kids will return the favor (especially since my parents cursed me with the “hope you have kids just like you one day”)! Thank you for the tip on how to clean them off. Y’know. For when my kids do it.

  187. Jason says:

    I too, had a wall full of boggers! At the time I was legally blind so even though I knew I was placing bugers on the wall, I assumed, no one could see them because I couldn’t. Then one day my father moved the bed (don’t remeber why, it was a bunk bed, so rather heavy) and he went balistic and at first I had no idea what he was talking about because how could he see the bugers!

  188. Clarita says:

    When my oldest first ate his boogers I made the mistake of saying “mmmm nose snacks!” in a misguided (and not well thought out) attempt to not make a big deal out of it, with the hope that it would quickly become uninteresting since I wasn’t reacting to it. Oops… His younger brother is now also well-versed in nose snacks. They are even generous enough to offer to share with me… Yuck. Yuck. Yuck. On the bright side, studies indicate that kids who eat their boogers have stronger immune systems :D
    Sigh….

  189. Gina says:

    My 4 year old has a booger wall next to his bed. I’ve been trying to get him to stop. He denies that he puts the boogers there. Last week, he decided that there is no need to confine the boogers to his bedroom. I’m finding them on the walls throughout our house. Now he says, “See, I told you it’s not me. It’s not just in my room.” Augh. Can’t believe I made this problem worse!

  190. Jill says:

    My son has been known to wipe his runny nose along the length of his arm and then lick it off. Makes me want to puke every. single. time.

  191. Vicky says:

    My sis and I used to have a booger wall at my grandparents house. We lived with them. One day my grandma cleaned it and my sis got SO MAD. She was really devastated that her collection was gone. It was pretty impressive, I must admit :)

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  193. Ellie says:

    I tell you what. Don’t flick them on the floor either. I used to be a terrible nose picker and in student days would flick them down the side of my bed, where they lay forever, because I was a student and didn’t do stuff like pull out furniture to vacuum behind. I mean, What???

    Anyway, the house was slightly damp. When I finally moved out and had to clean, the bogeys had re-constituted themselves on the carpet and seemed as fresh as the day they’d been flicked.

    I second the people who’ve said they really aren’t as ‘bad’ or germy as some people think. Nose-picking seems pretty much universal. I don’t think it’s going to lead to the extinguishing of our species. :-)

    (my little boy calls them ‘nose burgers’ to wind me up. He’s taught his brother to pick and eat and yes, it does make me want to die inside.)

  194. HyeKeen says:

    This made me totally LOL! I wiped mine on the wall beside my bed as a kid. My 3-y-o daughter now wipes them on the blankets (when she’s not offering them to me for disposal). For awhile she was wiping them on the rocker that my husband used to rock her to sleep. YUCK! Must just be some weird kid thing.

    I certainly don’t get onto her for picking cuz she still has yet to master blowing her nose. :(

  195. Elizabeth says:

    According to my mother, when she was in college, one of her friends had a huge section of his wall framed in tape and filled with boogers. I have absolutely no idea why she told my siblings and this story. But it was really funny.

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