As long as you're not the one looking after them, it's exhilarating to watch a mad jumble of little kids run roughshod over a tastefully appointed living room -- displacing sofa cushions, using vases as footballs, and so forth. It sounds harsh when people who don't like children (or even those who do) refer to them as little savages. Personally, I think they're something much more interesting -- they're natural anarchists. The toddler who lives across the street from me sometimes appears at the front door of his family's brownstone wearing nothing but a movie-star smile. While I don't think it's a good idea for kids to run around naked in this day and age, I can't blame him for wanting to get away with it. It's so exciting to break rules, especially when you've just recently figured out what a rule is.
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