In general, being an adult means taking on responsibility. It also includes adhering to a certain level of appropriate behavior at home and in public. Kids, on the other hand, are blank slates. Decorum? Nope. Rules? No thanks. Fun? Yes please and keep it coming. They thrive on new experiences and revel in the joy of it all. Freedom baby. Pure unADULTerated freedom. That’s their credo. Little kids are like natural born hippies. Don’t believe me? Check out my list of 5 ways that prove it.
5 ways little kids are like hippies
- Open door policy for the bathroom
Mom and Dads seeking privacy when doing nature’s business can just forget about it. Kids will read, sing, and ask you a zillion questions including the status of your bodily output. Unless you lock the door, they’re coming in full throttle. Count on it.
- Running around Naked
Little kids hate wearing clothes. Being naked equals feeling groovy! They have no inhibitions and will run, skip, jump and shake their bongos with delirious glee. But what about eating snacks at the table while naked? “Bunnies don’t put on pants to eat!” (actual quote from my own kid) Overall, this should be of no surprise. Just try to get an infant to keep on her socks for more than 10 minutes.
- Utensils have no meaning at the Dinner table
You’ve shown them how to use a fork or spoon. Yet the little buggers much prefer scooping up a pile of rice using their hands because “I can fit more in my mouth!” Or slurping in a bowl of spaghetti noodle by noodle with one’s head craned back like a hungry baby bird. They also believe eating to be an extreme version of family-style in which everyone’s plate of food is fair game. “Can I eat that?”
- Group Baths
Little kids don’t like the idea of bathing to get clean. To them, being dirty just translates into time well spent. Yet toss in the idea of another little kid (their brother or sister) joining them in the tub and suddenly it becomes a party…a splash party. Mom or Dad’s best efforts to remain dry will be as futile as stopping a tidal wave with an umbrella.
- Sleeping anywhere, any time
When little kids get tired, they just knock out. It doesn’t matter where they are either. I’ve personally witnessed my own children fall asleep in cars, trains, planes, and buses. They’ve also nodded off at restaurants, sporting events, movie theaters, parks, churches, and parties. In addition, sleep can be had on the nearest floor, the arm of a couch, and of course on the nearest parent. Time of day has no relevance. Sleep happens when it just feels right. Bohemians.
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