And, sometimes, they want to live in boxes.
Roo, our den animal child, has always liked dark, cozy, covered, sometimes confining spaces (nooks, crannies, caves, tents, forts, tunnels, sewer pipes, pet carriers, wheel wells, window boxes, large pieces of Tupperware). He gets this from his Daddy, who as a child was apparently also a den animal, so conveniently I can blame it partly on genes. The other part I will just have to chalk up to, um, personality.
Here's the thing. Say your child likes hanging out in boxes. Okay, fine. That's one of his "special"qualities. But is there a line you draw in the sand, maybe a point where as a parent you say to yourself: Self, do you think your child is spending a wee bit too much time in boxes?
Admittedly I offer no answers to this, but pose the question to you, reader, to consider yourselves. Let some of the evidence guide you: