There are many different fun games you can play with your baby, and some of them are more instructional than others. However, when people normally think of a game such as “Peek-A-Boo”, they generally don’t think much of it. What could be so meaningful about a game where you cover your eyes with your eyes, only to remove your eyes right afterward and yell out “Peek-A-Boo!”? Sure, it’s fun, but is there a deeper lesson you’re teaching your child in that moment? Apparently, the answer is yes.
A Lesson For The Future
There’s something very raw and intrinsically real with the game of Peek-A-Boo. Essentially, what’s happening is that you’re pretending to “leave” your baby right in front of their eyes, where they think you’ve gone. A second later, you reveal to them that you’re back. On an even deeper level, you’re revealing to them that you’ve actually been there all along, and that you never really left.
There’s a powerful lesson in there that your baby can learn. As they get older, you won’t always be right by their side, and they need to learn that. But on a more reassuring note, Peek-A-Boo is teaching them that even when you’re not around, you’re never really gone. Your baby is learning how to be more independent, how to thrive on their own, and to remember that they’re being taken care of even when they’re seemingly alone.