2. Going places with a young one. The zoo, the children's museum, the playground, when does one go to these places without child in tow? These places aren't really fun without a child, in my opinion. I try to take myself to the zoo, but without a child with me all the other children start to annoy me. There is no one to buy treats for or look at the gift shops. Looking at the antics of the monkeys or the beauty of the birds without someone else to share with, is just not the same.
3. Teaching a young one things. I enjoyed cooking, sewing, cleaning, and craft projects with my son when he was little. I still do those things, but they aren't as "fun" anymore. Little ones look at things from different angles.
4. Reading bedtime stories was a favorite parenting activity. I made my son into a reader by sharing all my favorites with him. We read Ramona and Charlotte and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle and so many more. I didn't stop bedtime stories until he was in 6th grade.
5. Having someone to talk to and to talk at me all day long. My spring break days have largely been spent in silence. I don't really like to talk to the cat. I am not a phone chat person. I sometimes say not a word to anyone all day long. I can remember thinking--just give me two minutes of silence, please, stop talking for a minute, when I was parenting. These days I miss that.