Why Two Kids Are Better Than One

January 13th, 2012

When I began to get my head around the prospect of parenting two children instead of one, I failed to grasp one of the key benefits: they entertain each other.  Now, I love spending time with my kids.  We read together, play games together, have tea parties with stuffed animals, growl like bears in their tent, do airplane rides, blow bubbles, have dance parties, and generally interact together.  A lot.
But sometimes, I appreciate being able to sit back on the couch, and watch my offspring be ridiculous together, with no need for parental involvement.
The other day, Miss Mouse was sitting at the table coloring.  Buggie decided he wanted to play with her, and went stomping over, grunting and waving his fists at her.  She was in an obliging mood (never guaranteed!) so she turned around, stuck her face to the bars of the chair, and made a silly noise.
EUREKA!  Instant game.
For the next twenty minutes, that’s all they did.  They took turns sticking their faces against the chair and making silly noises.  And laughing.  Oh, did they laugh.  I have absolutely no idea why, but I can say with certainty that the game would not have lasted as long if I had been the one in charge of keeping it going!!

2 responses to “Why Two Kids Are Better Than One”

  1. Isa says:

    Have you read Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids? The 'biology is destiny' part at the beginning was a little insulting (and, I think, misguided science), but the rest of his points were pretty interesting.

  2. Isa says:

    Have you read Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids? The 'biology is destiny' part at the beginning was a little insulting (and, I think, misguided science), but the rest of his points were pretty interesting.

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