This morning I asked the four-year-old what she would like for breakfast.
"I don't know. Help me think."
So, I started offering suggestions based on what was available in the kitchen and how much effort I wanted to expend. She stopped me.
"You are supposed to do this when you think," modeling how one would gently rest their chin in their hand while thinking.
Wow! Now I know why great ideas escaped me, or never showed up, on such a frequent (almost chronic) basis. I wasn't always resting my chin in my hand when thinking. I wish I had had this info back in college when working on linear algebra or thermodynamics homework!