Of course, I still know far less about kids than my brother and his wife, but I have learned a few things.
- Noisy toys are a good thing. A child who is banging a metal truck against a xylophone in the living room cannot possibly be in the kitchen, grabbing a sharp knife off the counter, or in the bathroom, dabbling in the toilet bowl. Giving children noisy toys is like belling the cat.
- Parents and children see diapers very differently. To the parent, a child newly ensconced in a clean diaper represents an accomplishment--a small triumph of order over chaos. To the child the clean diaper is a challenge to be overcome as soon as possible.
- The distinction between food and toys is an arbitrary one, established by parents to make dinnertime much less fun. Wise children ignore it.