Accidental Hipster Mum’s better half here – Accidental Hipster Dad. The missus has asked me to share some parenting tips from a more paternal perspective. Now, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that she thinks I struggle with certain practical aspects of parenting, but I’m hoping that this quick post illustrates that what I’m actually doing is working at the forefront of contemporary, outside-the-box parenting techniques.
It’s important at this age for babies to get a feel for their food and different textures. If they want to feel it with their face and the majority of their fresh-on clothes, well that’s just some out-of-the-box thinking on behalf of your progeny. Mealtimes are idea-times!
Social constructs dictate how we should all wear our clothes, but who are we to say what’s right or wrong? A wayward sleeve could just as easily be a stylish neck scarf for our imaginative little ones. Let your child interpret his/her clothes as they see fit. As long as the clothes are technically ‘on’ your child, you’ve done your job.
In teaching your child to think outside-of-the-box, you as a parent need to think outside the box too, and what better example than actually putting your child in a box. Storage containers and ottomans can be invaluable for storing toys and other baby/tot essentials, but they’re also really handy as a makeshift
holding cell play pen for rowdy tots.
One of the things that parenting does is turn you soft enough to indulge your little tiger’s daftest whims. Of course you shouldn’t put your kids in boxes (that is unless they really want to go in!).