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When my daughter was a toddler, she would have play dates with her toddler friends. As the kids would work together to assemble pizzas made of play-dough, the parents would sink into the couch, pop open cans of rosé, and engage in meaningful adult conversation.

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When little kids create a work of art -- say, a drawing or painting or pipe cleaner sculpture -- adults typically respond in two different ways. There's the effusive, "That's so beautiful! You're such an amazing artist! Let's hang this masterpiece on the wall!" Or there's the blank stare and the question: "What is it?"