Our daughter opened my eyes that day. There could be another right answer to any issue. All we need is an open mind to discover it.
I believe children have this intuitive ability to make these connections. They do it because they are not burdened by the concept of being “right”, or the concept of “the right answer.” Nor or they afraid of being wrong. The best thing any parent or teacher can do is to ensure that the child keeps alive this intuitive ability to connect the dots.
How do we do this? Not very difficult really. Just keep asking “How else can we do this or what else can we try?” And just listen with an open mind. If the child finds that you are keen to explore possibilities and are not laughing at any of the options (because it might seem childish or foolish), she will voluntarily share a lot more interesting stuff.