Have you heard of the game hide and seek? Of course you have – everyone has, haven’t they?
While scrolling through a parenting website recently I found a page called ‘How to play hide and seek’.
It had an eight-step guide on what you need to do for a successful game.
It includes advice on finding a suitable location. Apparently outdoor locations work the best but you need to set boundaries before you play and, if staying indoors, you need to let the players know which areas are safe to hide.
It also gives tips on deciding who is ‘it’, aka the seeker. The guide suggests picking the person whose birthday it is next or even picking a name out of the hat.
It also gives advice to the hiders –sitting ‘silent and still’ so you don’t give away your location. I’m stunned, I’ve never given hide and seek this much thought.
But I will give the ‘silent and still’ advice to my two-year-old daughter Alyssa who, when she finds her hiding place, will announce where it is: ‘Dad, I’m under the bed.’