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  1. SADIE says

    Ahhh…I remember the days bent over picking up the little pieces of playtime and then doing it all over again and again and again….

    It took me awhile to figure it all out but came up with the following mathematical reasoning as to why mothers are tired.

    1. Kids start out with 100% energy level.
    2. They suck out 100% of energy from each parent and any other adult in close proximity.
    3. Kids are always loaded with 100% of full time energy and everyone else is at 0.

  2. says

    They are having mental stimulation from doing such things. We, on the other hand, are just repeating actions we have already done: I.e. work.

    The difference between the two is only purely mental, not physical. Hard physical exertion or light physical exertion are all equal, once you are passionate about it and actually enjoy it. This is how human beings are wired. We get more energy the more passionate we are about something, the more we enjoy it, and the more fun we have doing it. It is a self-reinforcement put in in order to help us learn to specialize and get really good at things that would aid our survival.

    It takes more energy to do work than it is to do fun things. The same is true for issues of survival. It takes more energy to survive than to work. Nature sort of closed the circle paradox by linking survival to fun. If fun was always on one end and survival the opposite, human beings would simply choose luxury and decadence over survival skills (sort of like now, actually).

  3. says

    I’ve read that Houdini, a man in superb physical condition, once attempted to follow a two-year old all day and mimic EVERY motion. He fell, exhausted, in the middle of the afternoon.

    Is there a reference to this story that would confirm it? It’s a GREAT story, but one hesitates to keep using it if it’s not true.

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