My mother’s basement is beautifully finished and luxuriously furnished. And when we visit, this is where my son retreats, alone, to watch television and disengage from the “boring” world of adults upstairs. When children are very young, family activity often revolves around them. Babies are agreeable blobs and toddlers are fascinating, funny, unpredictable little creatures. Like a roaring fire that crackles and burns, they require constant attention and you can’t take your eyes off of them.