Ever follow your kids around for a day to see what exactly they touch with their little fingers? While I see little fingerprints on the walls, windows and mirrors, when you actually watch where their hands are in the course of a day, it’s nearly disturbing. Off the top of my head, some of the most gross places Princess Sticky Fingers manages to place her hands is all around the bathroom – literally, all around. She has her hands on the toilet seat and the floor even – right where men would stand up to do their business. Every time I see her in this position I remind her how we don’t touch those areas. Our conversations usually go something like this:
Me: “Please, for the love of God, don’t touch anything in the bathroom, especially not the floor or the toilet seat”
Princess I have to touch everything: “Why Mommy?”
Me: “Because Honey, people poo and pee here and there’s lots of germs that could be around”
Usually at this point it’s complete silence, not because she’s pondering, but because she now has her hands in her mouth chewing on her nails and she can’t talk.
It’s even worse when we have these conversations in public washrooms….
My daughter is a nail bitter which means we are constantly getting her to wash her hands, there are so many germs running around her hands and they go straight into her mouth. If anything, I suppose – “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger”. And she is a tough cookie!
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**Disclosure: I am part of the Lysol® Healthy Families Ambassador Program by Mom Central. I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.