We are always late and my son's stories are long and full of lengthy digressions like the real reason the dinosaurs died (a car accident). But letting a small child—be it yours or somebody else's—tell you such a tale does a few things. First, it signals to that miniature person that he is worth listening to, which inevitably leads to a bump in his long-term self-esteem. Second, it makes you think about new possibilities, which may or may not come to fruition but do make the day-to-day of life easier. Such as a house with a school in it, which the mothers and children reach simply by walking down the stairs.