One of the amazing things about parenthood is the frequency in which you find yourself doing or planning things, not because they sound fun to you, the parent, but rather that you know they will be fun for your child. The child's sense of discovery-and excitement expressed during said discovery-is the enjoyable part for the parent.
Exhibit #1: Parent wants to document the fun adventure we are about to have, but that is not fun for the child, so parent gives up after one try.
Exhibit #2: Water room. To parent it is, well, wet. To child it is WATER!!! Opportunities for splishing, splashing, and general fun.
In this case study, it is hard to say who enjoyed it more. Child...
Or OTHER parent.
Exhibit #3: Brushing teeth at home is not so fun. But brushing large teeth while kneeling on the stomach of an alligator...that is cool.
Exhibit #4: Playing with semi-transparent building blocks on a back-lit table. Meh. (Unless you are OTHER parent). But interesting for child.
It's a multi-sensory experience, really.
Exhibit #5: This one a parent can get. Making music.
Banging on a drum. No explanation needed.
Exhibit #6: Painting one's arms and face with greasy, hard-to wash off paint.
Well, she is beautiful...
Exhibit #7: Rubber-pellet digging pit feels funny on the feet, and on the backside. Parent focuses on the industrial rubber smell and the poky rubber pieces. Child focuses on pushing, piling, dumping, tossing, digging.
Okay, so maybe it was kind of fun for the parent, too.
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