Friday, January 4, 2013

Vanity?

Mr Oliver is a bit of a hat houdini. No matter how many straps they have on them, he always has his hat thrown on the ground in two seconds flat. It's been a battle I've been losing at the playground for months now and I've had to resort to sunscreening his little baldy head for protection. Given that I can't even keep a sunhat on him, all cute little drivers caps and fedoras have been out of the question.

A friend explained to me how she helped her son get past his anti-hat wearing ways. Rather then fighting a losing battle to keep replacing the hat, she simply appealed to his vanity - making a big fuss and telling him how handsome he looked whenever he had a hat on his head. It was a technique that sounded so simple (I had one of those why-didn't-I-think-of-this-myself moments) and with the thought of cute boy hats in my future, I knew I had to give it a go. 

Oliver has a fabric box on his change table that is full of accessories he never wears but instead loves to dump on the floor. We spent some time trying on his different hats and the second it went on, I went overboard with the compliments in an over the top voice....

Well, it turns out my boy likes being told he's pretty spunky with his big boy hat on. Instead of throwing it on the floor in glee, he tilted his head to the side and gave me his oh reallyyyyyyyyy flirty smile and THE HAT STAYED ON. Woo!!! The success has even been ongoing - much to my relief as I wasn't sure how I would keep his little head warm in the freezing temps (literally - one day it was 5 deg - fahrenheit!!!) while we were on holidays last week.

Although I don't think a kid this age can be vain as such, it still surprised me just how much a compliment on his appearance meant to Oliver, even at such a young age. Being told he looked good and was so handsome really seemed to mean a lot to him. It made me realise I need to do it more often, cos he's one cute kid if you ask me - although I must admit, I am kinda biased :-) 


I think it's time to go hat shopping!!!

7 comments:

  1. Everyone always fawns over A that I worry about this too. I notice that when I'm with someone else and we aren't paying attention to him, but he does cute little things to get a reaction from us. I'm in so much trouble w/ this one already!

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  2. Yay.. I always love a mom win story. He is adorable.

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  3. Love the hat! I need to get a hat for my boy too. Haha :D

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  4. Our problem was always with socks. I felt like such a bad mom walking through Target in the middle of winter with my baby boys barefoot, and chewing on their socks.
    Your little guy is so cute in his big boy hat!

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  5. Now that is just the cutest thing ever! He does look pretty handsome there :))

    Thanks for sharing with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party!!

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  6. Aw!!! I'm so glad you got him to wear a hat! My son has a little basket just for his hat collection. He will go and pick one out before we leave the house. Last week, he picked out a summer bucket hat even though it was 30 degrees outside. I decided to let him wear it anyway, and we got some weird looks in the store, but who cares! He was enjoying himself and it wasn't hurting anything. :) Have fun hat shopping!! We've found some super cute ones at Gymboree.

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