I love learning new things. There is just something so satisfying about discovering something new, or viewing an old thing from a new perspective. It adds a bit of light to an otherwise dark and boring world. I can't get enough of learning.
So, since I love learning so much, I try to instill that love in my own kids. How do I do it? The low-down conniving way, of course. :)
Ever since the boys were little, I have liked to explain littl tidbits of info to them. Whether it's how a can opener works, that trees give off oxygen, that bats eat hundreds of insects each night, or that automobiles didn't exist 150 years ago. And then, after each tidbit, I add the phrase "Isn't that cool?" with as much enthusiasm as I can muster.
Oldest used to just smile and nod, but Youngest is turning that phrase over in his head. I can see the gears working, like he's taking the information I just gave him and making it cool. Then he smiles and starts talking about something completely unrelated. It's just what he does. :)
But now, Oldest is coming to me with questions about the world. How do people make puzzles? Can you see planets in the sky without a telescope? How do you make buttermilk? What do horses eat? It's awesome. And if I don't know the answer, we'll go look it up. Isn't that cool?! :)