If you have been following the blog you realize that I am a new grandpaw as-of late May.
This evening I am enjoying videos from a mother in Ukraine and I am really enjoying her balance of personal involvement and letting the kids figure things out.
Rather than editorialize, I want to teleport you into the middle of one of her youtube videos where her kids are interacting with very high-end, educational toys. If the US is slipping behind, it is because our kids either don't have access to these sophisticated educational aids or are prevented from using them.
If you choose to pop the video open, notice the degree of engagement and the team-work. Also notice the adapt-improvise-overcome cycle.