When I was a bachelor living in Chicago, my mom called one evening: "Your brother has a question for you."
She put 8-year-old Josh on the phone, who was curious if I still owned that 200-foot climbing rope. "Why? What's your plan?"
He was trying to solve a unique problem: How to connect a long rope from the 75-ft pine tree in our yard to the roof of the house in order to slide down it as a zip line.
(NOTE: Josh has been to the emergency room more than anyone else in our sprawling, adventurous family!)
- "Problem-solving kids" are great,
- They need some skills and models to help'em,
- And society needs lots more of them!