Suddenly I see what the big deal is about books. Bringing one to Mom or Dad is a sure-fire way to pull them away from a no-touch-laptop when whining, throwing food, tugging their legs, and barfing all fail. Hallo, kleine Maus! and Meine allerersten Wörter are the best, but I'll settle for whatever's handy.
Mom and Dad love to tell stories to the pictures. How crazy is that? I'm conducting an experiment to find out how many times in a row they'll tell the same one.