Listen to kids. Their ideas are not clogged up by years of boxed-in thinking.
I just realized this last night when trying to screw a shelf to a wall bracket and was getting frustrated. My 9 year old, Sam, said, “Dad, let me take a look. I might have an idea.” That was all it took. I hadn’t even realized I could do anything but keep slogging forward in constant failure. I took 5 seconds to think and came up with a solution.
In the future I’ll be asking for a fresh childlike perspective sooner.
And to think, I almost snapped at him for talking while I was struggling. 😦