Sharing the enthusiasm of children is the absolute best part of parenting. The world stays fresh, new, and full of wonder in their eyes.

A three-month-old’s first bounce in his jumperoo is akin to our hike in the Grand Canyon.

A four-year-old cyclist discovers wheelies and suddenly she’s on par with Heinrich Schliemann.

 A six-year-old’s mastery of the balance beam, and her insistence that we build a practice beam at home, rivals man’s first lunar steps.

Each moment is astonishing. Even as millions of other children make similar discoveries and reach similar milestones, our own are perfectly enthralling – for them and us. They help remind me that life is not a competitive sport, and our own achievements and joys (however ordinary) are worth exceptional enthusiasm.

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