James thinks I 'go easy' on the girls sometimes because I get 'smooed' (James' very own made up describing word for getting all gooey over their cuteness) by them.
I stodgily protest this assessment, but I have to say, sometimes it's hard to overlook how perfect and gorgeous little children are, even when they're doing something awful or making a huge mess they know better than to make. Sometimes I walk in and am very ready to bust out my very stern Mum persona, only to have them turn around and flash me the kind of smile that makes me stumble again over the fact that they are mine, and realise once more how incredibly blessed I am to have these two perfect, bright little lights in my life!! (At this point I still bust out 'stern Mum' - she's just maybe slightly less stern... and quickly melts into 'cuddles Mum').
I believe the cute factor is a worldwide phenomenon, something that gets tots from all backgrounds, out of of trouble and into our arms in record timing. And I think the more you know a little one, the better you love them, and we all know our children so well, through and through, that we understand each expression and movement and smile, which just makes us melt even more when their smile says, 'I love you!'.
The cuteness factor also makes faults completely invisible to people like Aunts and Grandparents. For example, my niece Jacey is the walking definition of 'sweet', and I'm pretty sure the cuteness factor doesn't even need to apply to her, because she wouldn't be capable of doing anything mischievousness. On the flip side, I have a hard time convincing my sisters or Mum that I've had a bad day, EVER, because they don't think my girls are capable of anything of the sort either!
Most of all, I think the cuteness factor has been working overtime on James for the past few years, and as much as he stodgily assures me their sweetness hasn't the slightest effect on him, the more he comes home from shopping trips toting pink ballerina dolls and hair accessories, the less I believe him.
Look at my poor Dad - 7 children and 7 grandchildren later, and we've got him 'wrapped' ;)
I think it makes the world a better place :)