Science says it’s not that kids don’t need to have fun.
Science says you need to be the one to take care of the kids.
Science is the one who knows.
Science has no shame.
The science is that, in order to create a good experience, you need a child who’s willing to put in the time, who’s going to be curious, who knows how to do the things, and who can understand and understand you.
I’ve seen it.
I saw it.
And I’ve done it.
As a child of the 60s, I was able to make toys for my kids.
And they were wonderful.
I still can’t believe I’ve lived to be 90.
But in those days, you had to be a real genius.
And that was hard to do.
If you didn’t know how to make a toy, there was no point in making it.
You didn’t have the time.
You couldn’t get the materials.
And then, I had a big problem with my mother.
She had two kids.
One of them was in the early 70s.
I was born in 1975.
The other was in 1982.
And it was clear to me at the time that they were a problem.
So my mom gave up on me and got a real job.
I didn’t care what my kids thought.
I just did what I was told.
She was never going to let me take the job.
She just never did.
But my job gave me a sense of purpose.
I could sit down and talk to my children.
My son could go out and play.
He was my favorite.
My daughter was a lot more independent.
But I was always very busy.
She’d be working at the grocery store, or her job was at the movie theater.
She couldn’t even go out to play anymore.
She could only go to school.
My husband was always a teacher.
We worked really hard.
We got good grades.
My kids were great kids.
They were smart.
I had all of them.
And so I never got into a relationship that wasn’t about their toys.
My wife was very proud of her kids.
She told me, “I can’t imagine any other job I could have.
I have to teach them to make things.”
So she had a very good relationship with my kids, but she was never happy.
When she got a new job, she had the whole family on the phone.
She said, “Mom, I have one request.
I want you to help me put my kids in a nice car.”
My wife says, “What is it?”
And she puts on a pair of headphones and says, [sighs] “Oh, I’m going to need a new set of earplugs.”
So I got in the car and they drove us to the toy store.
And she was very worried.
She says, Okay, this is a terrible idea.
You’re going to have a really hard time driving your kids around.
And my husband says, Well, you’re going the wrong way.
So we’re all driving out to a toy store and the store is a big parking lot.
My children are in the back seat.
And her husband’s sitting in the front.
And he says, Why don’t you go in the garage?
Oh, it’s just a car.
My sons are in front.
I say, Okay.
We’ll drive in the parking lot and get our earplug.
My family is standing in the middle of the parking lots.
And suddenly, she says, Oh, that’s a bad idea.
My little boy’s got earplouge.
He’s sitting on the backseat.
My young son’s got the car door open.
And the store clerk’s on the other side of the store.
I said, Mom, please.
We don’t want to get our kids in trouble.
And in fact, my husband went in the store and put his earpluck in a bag.
But he had to leave because the car was in a different parking lot where he could’t park.
So he got in another car, and the kids all went to school together.
My oldest son was the only one who didn’t go to class.
But they all did their homework and went to a movie.
And all of a sudden, I could go home at night.
My mother said, [laughs] My husband got me a new car, too.
But you can’t go in it without earplUGs.
So they said, Well no, you can go in your garage.
But when you do get in, you have to get a new pair of earplug.
And we all did.
We were the only ones who didn´t have them. So I didn´T get them.
My only memory of them is the first time I had one of those earplungers.
My mom said, That is your fault. You can