You know how much I love baby hats. We call these Fedoras the boys’ “Don Drapers”. Apparently the designers at Janie & Jack also started watching MadMen this year. What a coincidence!
People ask me all the time how I get the boys to keep their hats on. It depends on the child. Salty loves to wear hats. We give him a huge positive reaction when he puts on a hat or headband and then jiggles his head around. He lives for the applause, so he’s easy. In fact, he now wants to wear hats and puts them back on himself or demands that we replace them if they fall off.
With Peppers and Fluffy on the other hand, it was an epic battle of wills. Every time they snatched it off, I put it right back on and said, “Don’t touch.” It felt like a thousand hat replacements, but was probably more like 30-50 until they finally submitted to my superior determination. Never give in first. They think because you are old and tired and because you’re making a bigger deal out of this whole hat thing than it really needs to be that they can beat you. You start thinking, “Eh, he looks fine without it,” or “We’ll try this again another time.” Quitter! Is this the kind of example you want to show your child? Model some temerity! You really want them to witness you being intimidated and beaten by someone who can’t even use a fork?
That’s right, people. I don’t “get them to wear hats.” I get them to give up the delusion that they are ever going to get this thing off their head.