How Not to Play Peek-a-Boo
I know what you’re thinking: How do you screw up a game of peek-a-boo? Cover eyes with hands, remove hands, say peek-a-boo. Giggles. End of game. Right? Yeah, not so fast.
Consider this my public service announcement to new parents or those embarking on peek-a-boo with a second, third, or fourth child. In fact, this is perhaps more important for you folks, as you’re likely about as bored with peek-a-boo as I am with this ridic Miley Cyrus fascination. You may be tempted to get creative to make life just a tad more exciting. Don’t do it. Do not — I repeat — do not get creative with a game of peek-a-boo.
Let’s say that you’re considering using, oh, maybe a baseball hat to cover your eyes. Seems simple. No problem there. Put baseball hat on, tilt hat down over eyes, lift, say peek-a-boo. Giggles. Game over. Easy. Sounds cute even.
But you know how kids are. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. They start catching on to things. Pesky little buggers actually start recognizing baseball hats and get this, even start saying hat (like before mama or dada even). Hat = joy. No hat = hell. Before you know it, your kid is freaking out like a tween at that ridic Miley Cyrus concert every time he sees a hat. No peace will be had until that hat reaches your kid’s hands and you engage in the freakin’ game. And you’re so totally screwed.
And you know what? You only have yourself to blame. Quite literally, you started it. Your kid just happens to be following your sadly misguided lead. Oh, and by the way, you’re doubly screwed if you happen to have a whole slew of baseball hats kicking around your house. You may be forced to do the unthinkable — hide baseball hats. Who the hell has to hide baseball hats? That was totally not in What to Expect the First Year. Outlet covers? Check. Latches for cabinets? Check. Hide baseball hats? What the? Well, those What to Expect folks clearly need to get their act together. Okay, I just checked. The book’s quick little nod to the game of peek-a-boo suggests covering your face with your hands, yes. But then the authors add other items. (Really, a menu in a restaurant? Who’s going to a restaurant?).
Keep it simple, folks. Don’t mess with a good thing. Kick it old school when it comes to peek-a-boo and save the fancy for pat-a-cake.